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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
  • 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
In our online "Study Abroad 101" presentation staff provide guidance on
  • 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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