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Between training, competing, and your school work, studying abroad seems like a distant dream for many athletes. However, an increasing number of collegiate athletes are studying abroad and there are ways to make it happen for you. The ASU Study Abroad Office knows that you are more than just a uniform number. We are dedicated to helping students put together an international experience that progresses towards undergraduate degrees, yet still allows flexibility for athletes to be present for practices and competition.

Study Abroad Timing by Sport

The table below provides general recommendations by sport for student athletes interested in studying abroad. However, it is crucial that you speak with your coach and academic advisor early to determine the most appropriate times for your particular case. Note: Some of the times listed on the sheet will work only if you are able to find sufficient training facilities to train while studying abroad; consult early with your coach.

Women's Sports


Fall SemesterSpring BreakSpring Semester (Sophomore or Junior Year)
Summer A*Summer B*Summer C*Spring Semester (Senior Year)
Cross CountryYYY
Track & FieldY
Beach Volleyball
Water PoloYYY

Men's Sports


Fall SemesterSpring BreakSpring Semester (Sophomore or Junior Year)Summer A*Summer B*Summer C*Spring Semester (Senior Year)
Cross CountryYYYM
Ice Hockey
Track & FieldY


Y = Yes; these are times that generally work for student athletes

M = Maybe; these are times that are less than optimal, but might work after speaking with your coach

Blank = No; these are times that most student athletes should not consider

*For many sports, summer suitability depends on the lengh and timing of the program. Consult with your coach and Study Abroad Office International Coordinator when planning a study abroad experience.

Tips to keep in mind

  • If you aren't ready to give up an entire semester of games and practices, try looking into the study abroad programs offered during spring break or summer instead. Many of our summer programs are generally about a month long and would likely not cut into your sports season.
  • You can study abroad after your NCAA edibility ends, but before you graduate. For instance, fall season athletes can study abroad the spring semester of your final year.
  • Speak with your coach and/or trainers about developing a physical fitness plan for while you’re away.
  • You could have a unique opportunity to engage in the local community and stay in shape by joining a local team or training facility.

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