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Students often cite studying abroad as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing us all. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed study abroad programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities yet transect borders. Whether studying environmental and health issues in Australia or investigating the intertwined nature of food and culture in France, you will see the world as you never have before and come away with memories to last a lifetime.
Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can enhance your overall college experience, and prepare you for career and advanced study opportunities by:
“Experiencing different cultures and immersing yourself in a new language can be one of the most rewarding experiences not only in your educational journey but in your life as well. Studying abroad is a great marriage between learning the concepts and theories of your degree major in the classroom with the incredible opportunity to experience the customs, museums, landmarks and traditions of your host nation. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, don’t miss it!”
With advance planning, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change encourages students to study abroad during the summer of your junior year. However, you may consult our advising team to determine if you will need to complete your excursion in another academic year.
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Spring||Identify a summer study abroad program with a focus on social science or archaeological field methods|
|Year 2||Fall||Meet with a study abroad peer-advisor to discuss programs of interest and gain a first-hand student perspective|
|Spring||Meet with your academic advisor to discuss programs of interest, review program requirements and potential funding options.|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Summer||Complete study abroad experience|
|Spring||Apply for graduation|
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change assists students in preparing for their future career or graduate school experience by offering opportunities abroad. This might include internships, field school or completing electives abroad. We have many opportunities for our ASU Online students as well. We recommend each student speak with advising about their needs and goals for study abroad in their first year to begin setting up the process for choosing the right program to meet personal interests and fulfill degree requirements.
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
“Studying abroad taught me so much more about culture and traditions, more than I could ever learn from sitting in a classroom and reading a textbook. Being immersed in language, history and societal rituals really added something special to my overall experience at ASU.”
- Ryan Thomas, Anthropology Major