Erica Kaempfer in St. Petersburg
Study abroad can help you…
- Enhance your cross-cultural communication and foreign language skills
- Expand your knowledge of a foreign culture
- Expose you to new approaches to political and social questions
- Increase your appreciation for other nations’ perspectives
- Broaden your understanding of the forces of globalization
- Increase your access to new and different courses and a greater diversity of instructors
- Gain confidence as you learn new things about yourself, your culture and your world
- Prepare yourself for life after college by gaining real-life experience
Where does study abroad fit in to International Studies?
Anywhere you want to go!
Caroline Edwards in Uganda Alex Saint-Paul in Grenoble
Language courses – All IS majors are required to complete at a minimum the second year of a foreign language. Majors pursing a regional-based Area of Concentration (Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Latin American studies) can use upper-division (300-400 level) language courses to fulfill their electives, while students with a Pre-professional Program in Language Specialization must take a number of upper-division language courses.
- Area studies courses–Courses in fields such areas as anthropology, economics, political science, culture, etc. focusing on the country of the Study Abroad program or on international affairs generally can either substitute for a required course or count as an elective in your Area of Concentration. Students pursuing a Pre-professional Program in International Business can take business courses abroad to fulfill their requirements.
- Internships abroad – An international internship can count as an elective either in the Area of Concentration or as an elective in the Pre-professional Program.
Set goals and plan for results
International Studies majors can study abroad at any time during their program. There are programs spanning a full academic year, a semester or summer. Selecting the right study abroad program requires planning. With planning, study abroad can be your most rewarding undergraduate experience.
- Beginning planning early. Talk to your advisor early on.
- Set some goals. There are many different programs so selecting the right one depends on what you want.
- Consider your immediate program goals as well as your longer-term academic, personal and professional goals.
- Give yourself time to research your options and talk to others who have studied or lived abroad.
- Planning is important in finding a cost-effective program and to prepare your finances through savings, scholarships, and financial aid.
- The Office of International Education can help you research programs and answer your questions.
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