A number of IU students each year choose to participate in a program organized by a different university or program provider. Although IU has more than 300 administered, co-sponsored, or unit-based programs on all eight campuses of Indiana University, we do not have a program in every country or city where you might want to study or you might not meet the eligibility requirements for our programs. For these reasons, and a number of others, students will study abroad with non-IU programs.
Follow the application procedures to determine the steps you need to take to study on a non-IU program.
For information about study abroad programs sponsored by other institutions attend a "Study Abroad 101" session, consult the available brochures and resource books. Additional programs are available and you should check with the Office of Overseas Study in the Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue, to determine if transfer credit can be awarded.
Students selecting 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 IU 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:
- Direct IU credit
- Grades count in GPA
- Count toward senior residency
- Most financial aid applicable
- Transfer credit
- Grades not calculated in GPA
- Do not count toward senior residency
- Financial aid applicability variable
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 in your state at in-state tuition rates since you are not a degree-seeking candidate from the in-state institution.
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