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Study abroad programs provide students the opportunity to experience sustainability challenges in a global context. Sustainability majors understand that on the path to impactful solutions, understanding global and cultural contexts are critical.
“Sustainability is simultaneously a local and a global challenge. Learning how to address local sustainability issues is a good start for ASU students who want to positively affect change in the world. But it’s not enough.
A healthy, prosperous future for people and planet requires understanding the global interconnectedness of sustainability issues. The best way to do that is to see sustainability issues through the lens of another culture. Sustainability problems are more or less universal, but they play out and are solved in different ways in different countries. Studying abroad is an absolutely essential component of an education in sustainability and for developing the knowledge and skills necessary to be a good, global citizen.”
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 Sustainability major, there is flexibility on timing, but most students will study abroad between the summer of freshman year and fall of junior year.
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Fall -Spring||Begin researching study abroad programs|
Optimal year to study abroad
|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|
Non-optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||
Sustainability students can earn upper division SOS elective credit through summer, faculty-directed programs.
Every student’s situation is different; talk with your advisor to find out if any other requirements could be satisfied through a particular study abroad program.
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 our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
The School of Sustainability offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply. Check out their scholarship website for more information!
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.