Academic Opportunities

Enrich your education and get career-shaping experience

Hoosiers are doers. We not only come up with big ideas, we also put them into action, see them to fruition, and learn from the entire experience to shape our futures and careers.

This hands-on, practice-that-leads-to-proficiency approach begins your first year. IU Bloomington’s many academic opportunities range from small (taking a course in another field that interests you) to large (designing your own research study), and each program and school has its own opportunities.

Do good and get good experience

Through service opportunities in Bloomington and beyond, student service organizations, service-learning courses, and service trips, you can help others while getting knowledge, skills, and experience that will help your career prospects.

Learn more about community service at IU

70+ languages taught, the most in the country

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[Words appear: . . . along with many unique languages such as Bamana, Uyghur, Yucatec Maya, Imperial Old Tibetan, and Estonian.]

[Words appear: IU hosts Language Flagship programs in Chinese, Arabic, and Turkish, the largest number for a single institution in the U.S. . . .]

[Words appear: . . . and the only Turkish Flagship Porgram in the country.]

[Words appear: Since 1950, IU’s world-renowned Summer Language Workshop has been providing intensive world language instruction.]

[Words appear: More than 9,000 IU undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 53 different foreign language courses in fall 2016.]

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Speaker 2 speaks: [in Spanish] Indiana University

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Express yourself on the page or on the stage

A student holds copies of the Indiana Daily Student newspaper. The headline reads 'Professor funds Sundance film.'

Arts and creative opportunities abound at IU. Perform through the world-famous IU Jacobs School of Music or the celebrated Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Work for the nationally recognized Indiana Daily Student or 812 The Magazine. Exhibit your art in the Grunwald Gallery. Write an original score for a silent film, and hear it performed at the IU Cinema—you’ll even get a $5,000 commission.

Serious about sustainability? The Office of Sustainability offers internships, research grants, and funds for innovative campus projects.

Preprofessional programs that prepare you for the next step

Are you interested in a career in law or in medicine or another health profession? The Health Professions and Prelaw Center will prepare you to apply to—and get accepted by—these professional programs.

Are you a woman interested in technology? Learn about tech careers, meet other techie women at IU, and take advantage of opportunities that will put you on the path to your dream job through the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.