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IU has a long history of faculty-initiated study abroad programs that goes back to the 19th century. This tradition has led to development of a strong overseas study program that includes more than 250 administered, co-sponsored, or autonomous programs on all eight campuses of Indiana University. Programs abroad represent all schools: Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Business, Education, Music, Health and Physical Recreation, Public Policy and Administration, Law, Nursing, Optometry, Journalism, and Social Work. 

Short-term Faculty-led Programs

The short-term program model initiated in the 19th century continued into the 20th century with the proliferation of a number of programs beginning in the 1920s up through the 1950s. Read more >>

Addition of High School Programs

Although IU concentrated primarily on college level programs, in 1962 a special program was established by the university for high school students. Read more >>

Beginning of the Junior Year Abroad Model

Despite the initial trend of summer programs, the institution began to invest its program development efforts in full immersion programs for an academic year. Read more >>

Creation of a Faculty Committee for Program Approvals

A Foreign Study Committee of the faculty members who had launched the academic year programs was established in the late 60s to have oversight over the collection of growing programs. Read more >>

Evolution of the Faculty Committee

The faculty committee evolved into the Overseas Study Advisory Council which has oversight for all education abroad activities throughout the IU system. Read more >>

40th Anniversary Milestone of the Office of Overseas Study

The Office of Overseas Study celebrated its 40th anniversary in December of 2012 during which the meeting room in the Dowling International Center was commemoratively named after its founding director, Walter T. K. Nugent.

In 2014 he and Kathleen Sideli published a history of the office entitled 40th Anniversary Retrospective: Overseas Study at Indiana University, a compilation of the personal recollections of all the directors of the unit since its creation.

Supporting materials for the book are available online.

I gained an enhanced view of the world. I was forced to look at American problems from an international perspective.”

-Kyra Busch, IU Overseas Study Participant, Thailand