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We can help you find a program that matches your interests regardless of what kind of program you want or need.

With so many programs to choose from—250 programs in 17 languages (including English) in 52 countries and in nearly every field of study—you’ll want to take the time to find the ones that are the best matches for you.

Finding Program Options

To find a program through IU or other institutions, there are a number of factors to consider. If you are unsure where to start, attend our Study Abroad 101 program which is offered each Wednesday classes are in session in the Office of Overseas Study (Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue) on the IU Bloomington campus. You can also visit our office for more personalized guidance.

You can choose from a wide range of IU options, through the Office of Overseas Study or through an academic unit on one of IU’s eight campuses. You should first consider a range of issues when choosing a program. IU students have the option to participate in IU programs or non-IU programs.

You will want to consider your academic goals when selecting a program. The course work on IU programs should help you make progress toward your degree requirements, including general education, culture studies, international dimension, language, majors, minors, and electives. For an idea about course work available on programs through the Office of Overseas Study, see individual IU program flyers as well as equivalency lists. For other IU program course options, see the Big List in which programs generally fall within specific disciplines. Search IU program information using 'academic interest' filters.

Students who choose non-IU programs should consult advisors and International Admissions on course availability.

Eligibility and Costs

Each program has distinct eligibilty requirements. Most programs require students to have completed a year on an IU campus before participation is permitted. Some programs have language requriements and even language limits. All programs have a GPA minimum requirement which varies from program to program. Students are encouraged to study abroad as long as it does not lengthen their time to graduation. For eligibility requirements, see IU program flyers or the Big List. Overseas Study’s academic policies include information about eligibility and selection.

When choosing a program, you should explore the financial commitment. View program costs on IU program flyers or consult units that promote their programs through the Big List. Explore financial aid resources as well since IU generously supports students who study abroad through loans, grants and scholarships.

Get Advice from Other IU Students

See what previous students have experienced. You can read student profiles or contact a returned student.

In an increasingly competitive global economy, the international dimension of education is becoming more and more important. Indeed, it is a matter of practical necessity: we have to provide it as a part of a good education, and students increasingly demand it."

-IU President Michael A. McRobbie

Office of Overseas Study

Visit our office at the Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue.

  • Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • 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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