Choosing a Program
Finding all the information to help you choose the right program can be a challenge. Advice and support are available to assist you in your search for a program that fits your needs.
Help define what type of study abroad experience is best for you by working through these key considerations to conduct a personal assessment:
- Examine Your Objectives
- What aspects of study abroad are important to you--courses, locale, cultural experiences, learning a language, opportunity to participate in internship or service learning, travel?
- Primary Program Considerations
- Where would you like to study?
- What is your foreign language ability?
- How long do you want to stay—a semester, a summer, a year, a short-term?
- How much does the program cost? See our financial considerations page for more information.
- Will you need financial assistance to carry out your plans? (Most regular financial aid may be applied to the cost of IU overseas study programs, but may not always apply to programs sponsored by other institutions.)
- Academic Considerations
- Does your GPA meet the requirement?
- Do you want to take classes in English or the local language?
- How important is it to receive academic credit?
- Do you have specific degree requirements to fulfill while overseas?
- What do departmental advisors think of your plans?
We offer suggestions on program options for popular majors.
- Personal Considerations
- Would you prefer to study with other Americans, students of the host country, or with a combination of both?
- Do you want a study abroad program to arrange your housing, meals, curriculum and travel or would you prefer to make these arrangements yourself?
- Because of your own family responsibilities, do you want to consider having a family member accompany you abroad?
- Would you prefer to live with a family, with students from the host country, or with other Americans?
- IU and Non-IU Program Considerations
Students considering non-IU programs need to consider the following:
- Transfer of credits
- Cost of program
- Reputation of program/experience of past students
- Applicability of courses to degree requirements
- Senior Residency requirement
- Possibility of transferring financial aid (loans, grants and scholarships) to the non-IU program
Some differences between studying abroad on an IU program and a non-IU program are:
In-state residents will typically find IU programs more affordable than non-IU programs. For out-of-state students it is rare to be able to study abroad on a program through your home state at in-state tuition rates since you are not a degree-seeking candidate at an institution in that state.
To determine program availability and the steps you need to take to apply for a program, read more about IU and non-IU programs.
You must apply for an IU administered or IU co-sponsored program directly through IU. For Non-IU programs, contact the sponsoring program directly for complete information and an application. You should not apply through a provider to an institution abroad with which IU has a formalized relationship. Check with Overseas Study for more information.
- Guidance from Overseas Study
- finding the best program and appropriate length for you
- applying for programs
- use of financial aid/scholarships
- fulfilling degree requirements overseas
- services our office provides
Study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed."-Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
Office of Overseas Study
Visit our office at the Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue.
- Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
- No appointment necessary!
- Center staff, including students who have studied overseas, will help you find complete information about program options, financial assistance, and much more!
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