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Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition and in life in general by:
“I learned more during the semester I spent in London on a study abroad in my junior year than any other time in my life. My horizons expanded and I began to realize that I was connected to the outside world in ways I had never imagined. My love of travel continues to this day, but studying abroad opens doors that aren’t available to normal travelers. My number one piece of advice to students is to take advantage of study abroad programs.”
ASU students have the opportunity to study abroad through three major formats:
Semester or year long programs with a partner institution or at an international university
2-9 week summer programs led by ASU faculty
Global Intensive Experience (GIE) programs, which are 1-2 week programs held during semester breaks
Each of these programs have their own unique benefits. The semester-long programs give you in-depth immersion in a foreign culture and sometimes in a foreign language. Faculty-led summer programs are reasonably short and can be good for students juggling jobs and family with their education. GIE programs officially count as either Fall or Spring courses, which can save full-time students significant money that would otherwise need to be spent on academic credits. SFIS faculty lead programs in the second two categories and tailor them specifically for our majors.
When to study abroad
With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a Innovation in Society major, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. Check out our recommended options below:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Fall -Spring||Begin researching study abroad programs|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall- Spring||Ready to study abroad? Apply to study abroad programs
Option 1: Complete a fall, winter break, spring semester, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
|Summer||Option 2: Complete a summer study abroad program|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program|
|Summer||Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall - Spring||Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program|
Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Email Elisha Thompson at Elisha.Thompson@asu.edu or call 480-727-0627 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.
Visit an advisor during walk-in hours in Interdisciplinary B (INTDSB) Room 256.
What are my remaining degree requirements?
How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?
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:
Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
SFIS occasionally offers scholarships for SFIS directed study abroad programs. Please contact Elisha Thompson at Elisha.Thompson@asu.edu for details.
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 in Cuba was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn in such a fascinating iconic country and island. This opportunity gave me the chance to completely immerse myself in another culture where I learned invaluable lessons from the Cuban people on how to persevere in the midst of changing political, social, and economic climates.
Studying abroad in Costa Rica granted me an intimate look into the rainforest where I was able to directly apply my conservation biology studies. It was a distinct opportunity to study in an incredibly rare and beautiful part of the world. I also experienced the kind and humble nature of the Costa Rican people and learned from their "planet over profit" mindset and culture.
Studying abroad is truly such a unique opportunity that everyone should take advantage of. It gives you a "behind-the-scenes" look of another country and culture coupled with an incredible amount of learning, risk taking, and growth. Studying abroad helps students make connections to what they learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world, all the while making new friendships and having life changing experiences. We should all let the world become our classroom!”
- Monique H., participant of Cuba: Past, Present, and Future and Learning from Nature: Environment, Sustainability, and Culture
Although students in any major in the School of Social Transformation can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School Social Transformation recommends the following programs.