Organizational Leadership, BA

Why YOU Should Study Abroad

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Organizational Leadership uses transdisciplinary methods that prepare students to become world-class leaders in the contemporary and fast-paced global workplace. Students develop the skills and knowledge that leaders need to solve problems, communicate effectively, assess programs, manage resources and use emerging technologies in organizations. Students will be prepared for a wide range of leadership positions across industry sectors in both the private and public service arenas.

Studying Abroad as an Organizational Leadership Student

  • As an Organizational Leadership student, perhaps the most valuable (and marketable) tools and skills are those learned studying and interning abroad.  Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable intercultural communication skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:
  • Exposing you to unique national and organizational cultures worldwide;
  • Expanding your knowledge of culturally specific management and leadership practices;
  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under challenging and sometimes difficult organizational, social, and cultural circumstances;
  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through the kinds of hands-on professional experience you will need to compete and succeed in today’s challenging global workplace.

A Message from the College of Integrative Sciences & Arts

With over 10 years experience directing summer internship-based study abroad programs, the evidence clearly suggests that students who have studied and interned abroad develop and demonstrate the kinds of transferable skills and perspective needed most in today’s global workplace. Our international programs provide students (from across the university) with the opportunity to experience different national and organizational cultures, ways of thinking, and approaching communication and problem solving that just isn’t possible in a traditional or online classroom environment.  Students also experience deep and meaningful personal change (greater sense of confidence, more patience, tolerance for ambiguity, innovative problem solving, better time management, etc.) as a result of our programs.  We offer a number of study abroad and study/intern abroad opportunities - along with a systematic and world-class global professional development curriculum.  These programs will change your life and jumpstart your career!

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, you should be able to easily fit one (or more) study abroad programs within your four years at ASU. A brief timeline of possible planning for a program abroad follows:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall
  • Identify a study abroad program offering through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
  • Identify core BIS courses that are taught abroad on your program(s) of interest, and talk with an academic advisor about your major map / sequencing of courses.
Spring / Summer
  • Identify a study abroad program offering through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
  • Identify core BIS courses that are taught abroad on your program(s) of interest, and talk with an academic advisor about your major map / sequencing of courses.
Year 2 Fall / Spring
  • Select one (or more) possible programs of interest, and talk to the Faculty Directors of those programs.,Discuss future program dates and acceptance criteria.
  • Revisit core BIS courses that are taught abroad on your program(s) of interest, and talk with an academic advisor about your major map / sequencing of courses.
  • Consider possible scholarships, grants, and other funding opportunities - Plan ahead!
  • Consider family / work obligations and plan ahead in that regard as well.
Summer If you are interested in any upcoming semester-long, Fall, or Spring programs, now is the time to be sure you understand the application process and speak with the Faculty Director.
Year 3

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring
  • Decide on programs of interest, and be sure to apply early, and follow up with the Faculty Director.
  • Many popular summer programs will be full by December - so apply early.
  • Know the deadlines for any other programs you may be interested in (when the application goes live, etc.).
  • Know which core courses you will receive credit for as part of your study abroad program of interest.
  • Complete a semester, winter break, or spring break study abroad program.
Summer Complete a summer internship-based study abroad program if at all possible - many students find that the internship-based programs have the greatest “bang for your buck” in terms of future employability.
Year 4

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring - Summer
  • If you have yet to study abroad, many students will finish up their degree, “walk” in the Spring, and finish up their last two courses abroad on a summer program.,That’s a great way to bring your undergraduate academic journey to an end.
  • Last chance to study or intern abroad!!,It will be the best investment in your future that you can make!

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the College of Integrative Sciences & Arts

Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives or several core courses in Interdisciplinary Studies, depending on your objectives.  Generally, several BIS core courses are taught within the context of a Study Abroad Program including: BIS 401 Applied Study; BIS 402 Senior Seminar and sometimes BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry.  Check with the Program Director of any programs you may be interested in for updated details on credits being offered.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • 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.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Schedule an appointment online or by phone. You will need your student ID to log in; you will be asked to create a username and password.
  • Visit an advisor during walk-in hours.

Key questions to ask

  • 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?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

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.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

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.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

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.

Review Cost Sheet

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.

Research Funding

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:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

 Financial Aid

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?

Major-Specific Scholarships

Some CISA study abroad programs program offer scholarships that are available only to program participants. Check with your individual program to see if additional scholarship opportunities exist.

Community-Based Funding

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!

Attend Financing Workshop

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.

Helpful Links

Some of the most important qualities I’ve learned from my time abroad are flexibility, a greater sense of confidence, and a greater sense of self-discovery. I’ve learned flexibility through my internship and navigating an intercultural environment. Furthermore, being in a foreign office has forced me to be able to adapt to changes as they occur and be comfortable in an uncomfortable environment. My self-confidence has increased because, coming here without knowing anyone or knowing if I would make friends was nerve-wracking, but I embraced my confidence and pushed myself beyond my comfort zones to meet everyone sharing this journey with me.
-Natalie Kilker   

I became more of a global citizen than I was before. I think living and working in a brand new culture was very eye opening. It makes you see things from a different perspective. I am glad I went on this trip and learned so many lessons.
-Anastasiya Borunova  


Throughout my study abroad program, I have had the opportunity to learn about myself personally as well as professionally. One of the main things that I have learned throughout this trip is about pace. This trip truly taught me to take a step back and slow down and live more in the moment. The most important lessons that I have learned throughout my program and as an intern include communication, organizational culture, and motivation skills.
-Camille Johnson

Recommended Programs

Although Organizational Leadership majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the College of Integrative Sciences & Arts recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
Unique Features: Invest two weeks in the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia this summer for an unparalleled adventure through medieval towns, spectacular natural landscapes, and deep insight into the future of digital culture, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation! Whether you’re interested in digital culture, leading edge technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and the start-up scene, venture capital, exploring exotic cultures, wandering medieval towns, or exploring magnificent natural landscapes, this program is a “must do” on your bucket list!
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Spring
Country: New Zealand
Unique Features: Gain professional and global experience in New Zealand’s capital city on a 15-week program (12 weeks in New Zealand), including a 10-week internship that is custom-designed for each student based on his or her own unique background, skills and career goals. Fast-track your studies by earning a minor in Organizational Leadership, completing the entire Interdisciplinary Studies core, or checking off required upper-division general studies requirements. This program offers something for everyone!
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Spring Session B
Countries: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia
Unique Features: Learn about Identity and Conflict while visiting some of the most beautiful countries in Europe! Earn six credits and explore the challenges and benefits of European integration through the lenses of the people who have lived the conflicts of the 20th century as we explore Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Take day trips to Ljubljana and Bled in Slovenia, Mostar and Srebrenica in Bosnia, Novi Sad in Serbia and Rila, Bulgaria, and enjoy cultural visits to local museums and universities.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: India
Unique Features: This program explores India’s role in the global workplace. An emphasis will be placed on examining and developing inter-cultural competencies that are essential in today’s diverse work environment. Whether one is working for a business, healthcare provider, educational institution, or non-for-profit agency, inter-cultural skills are a necessity in today’s world. Using field trips, experiential exercises, research and literature, students will gain valuable cultural, historic, geographic, political, environmental, economic and religious insights that will provide them with a comprehensive understanding of India and the competencies needed to be successful in the global workplace.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: China
Unique Features: Enhance your resume with valuable work experience on this month-long English-speaking internship program in Beijing, China. The program provides students an opportunity to gain work experience in the world’s 2nd largest economy.  Tour the Forbidden City, camp overnight at the Great Wall of China, view a Chinese Acrobatic show, visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, attend a business networking seminar and more!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in China, gaining important linguistic and cultural knowledge and work experience in your field. No prior language skills required.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: This seven week program is designed for ASU students of any major interested in participating in a powerful, individualized international internship in Dublin. One of the premier capital cities of Europe, Dublin is a historic and contemporary cultural center and Ireland’s hub for education, the arts, government, economy and industry. In addition to working four days per week, students will either enroll in a seminar-style course that focuses on Ireland's role in the global workplace or complete an independent research project.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Guatemala
Unique Features: This program offers you the opportunity to gain internship credit during three weeks of medical and veterinary field clinics in remote Guatemalan villages. You’ll assist local (English-speaking) doctors and explore the beautiful Guatemala cities of Sololá, Ixtahuacán, Parramos, Chimaltenango and Antigua. Engage with the local culture through evening activities, and give back to the local community through service days.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Fall Session A
Countries: Bolivia, Peru
Unique Features: The Sun Devils in Peru and Bolivia program centers on five weeks of intensive travel to culturally, politically, and economically significant sites throughout Peru and Bolivia. The program will introduce students to the complex sociocultural landscapes of the Andes Mountains while also exploring the archaeologically, historically, and demographically significant Pacific coastal region of South America. One of the distinctive features of the program is a service-learning opportunity, as students and faculty help to construct sustainable stoves for marginalized populations. Participants will visit the Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu, two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Czech Republic
Unique Features: The Sun Devils in Prague: Internship (English-Speaking) and Study Abroad Program is unlike any other study abroad opportunity at ASU. Students are placed in custom-selected professional internships based on their own industry preferences, career goals, skills, and academic background.  Additionally, students participate in a customized application-oriented experiential curriculum designed around international organizations, globalization, and sociocultural immersion, with the Czech Republic, Central Europe and the EU as their classroom. This program is open to all majors across the university.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Dominican Republic
Unique Features: Join us in the Dominican Republic this spring break. Students on this program will connect with the Peace Corps community to get a "taste of the Peace Corps." They will help to implement ecologically sustainable projects in rural areas, engage with leaders working on community development projects, and participate in a site visit to a current Peace Corps Volunteer. Visit a Haitian batey and snorkel in blue waters. Students will write a project proposal based on their experience during Session B online.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Pre-Spring
Country: Cuba
Unique Features: While in Cuba, you will be staying with Cuban families in Casa Particulares and will get to experience present day Cuban life. We will visit and tour historic sites in Havana, including Old Havana and the Havana Fortress System (a UNESCO world heritage site). Throughout our time here we will experience Cuban culture through art, dance, music and museum visits. You will learn about Cuban history and culture from local professors. We will also be visiting Cuban healthcare facilities to learn about the Cuban healthcare system.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Take a journey in Spain—by bike!—to live the hero’s journey firsthand. Visit some of Spain’s most treasured monuments, explore the connection between leadership and journeys, and connect with those who live the path less traveled. Explore historic sites and trails, have authentic encounters with locals and experience the landscape intimately. Immerse yourself in the journey with daily journal entries, photographs and reflections on the connections between our own journeys and the journeys we will study together.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Pre-Spring
Country: Belize
Unique Features: Study with the Indigenous peoples of Belize in San Ignacio, Hopkins, Laguna and Tobacco Caye. Visit Maya and Garifuna villages in the rainforests and beaches of Belize, and learn from Indigenous peoples about their cultures, traditional knowledge, and economic and political systems. Participate in unique educational opportunities such as a healing ceremony, Garifuna drum lessons, Ixcacao chocolate-making and Mayan cooking. Among other exciting excursions, visit Mayan ruins and a Caribbean island neighboring the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Study and intern in London with CAPA internships available in businesses of every kind as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Students who participate receive an unlimited Tube pass and work experience that provides strong professional and cultural foundations for the future.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Internships are available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites within commuting distance of the center that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. Internship students are required to participate in a seminar series entitled "Learning through Internships." Faculty act as internship mentors to ensure that participants have academic guidance during their internships. An Opal card is included for transport throughout Sydney, on ferries, trains, buses and the light rail.

 

 

 

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