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Choosing a Program

Program Types
EU Programs / Faculty-led
  • EU faculty member(s) lead a group of EU students for a short term program abroad
  • Programs are usually during J-term, Spring Break, or Summer term
  • Students take the assigned course the program offers and receive EU credit
  • Some programs are department focused, while some are open to all majors
  • Search for program type: "EU Program" in the application portal
Affiliate Programs
  • Third party providers that have been approved by Global Engagement to administer programs for EU credit
  • Programs give students additional locations and subjects to choose from, as well as internships and service learning
  • Students must apply through EU, as well as the Affiliate company
  • Approved providers are API, Arcadia Abroad, IES Abroad, IFSA-Butler, ISA, SIT and TEAN
Exchange / Partner Programs
  • Programs where EU has a direct relationship with the foreign university
  • Often times students from EU and the host institution are exchanged. 
  • EU students enroll as an international student at the host university and are fully integrated with local students.
  • Housing is often acquired by the student independently or in cooperation with the host university's international office.
  • These programs are typically a semester or academic year in length.
Unaffiliated Programs
  • Programs not vetted and approved by EU.
  • An option if no other program fits
  • Must get prior approval
  • EU financial aid and scholarships do not apply
  • Global Engagement does not provide registration and transcript assistance for unaffiliated programs.
  • Fees are paid directly to the provider
How do I choose a program?

Thinking about the type of experience you want and doing research is an important step to studying abroad. Before selecting a program, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • What is your highest priority (location, academics, cost, etc.)?
  • Are you interested in doing fieldwork, volunteering, service-learning, internships, or independent research?
  • Do you want to be in a group of other US university students, local students, other international students, or a mixture?
  • Do you have particular interests or concerns related to your personal background or identity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic heritage, etc.)?
  • What can the program offer you as a study abroad student?
  • Can the program accommodate any of your special needs (academic, health, diet, etc.)?

  • What type of courses do you want to take while studying abroad?
  • Are you interested in courses in your major?
  • Are you interested in courses in your minor, AoK or electives?
  • Which language(s) have you studied? Is improving your language skills an important goal?
  • Is instruction classroom or field-based?
  • Are faculty primarily local or visiting professors from US institutions?

  • How will the program cost compare to a semester on campus?
  • What is included in the program cost (housing, meals, excursions, health insurance, etc.)?
  • What scholarship opportunities are available? 
  • Will you live with a local host family, local roommates, or with other students on the program?
  • Will you stay in a house, dorm, apartment, or hostel/hotel?
  • Are meals included in the cost?
  • Where do students typically eat?
  • Will you have a kitchen available to make your own meals?

  • Is there a particular region of the world that attracts you?
  • Do you prefer a big city or a smaller town?
  • Are you comfortable in a non-English speaking country?
  • Do you plan to travel on the weekends? How easy is it to get to another city/country?
  • Where, specifically, is the program located (in city center, at or near a university, in rented office space, etc.)?

  • How long are you comfortable being away from home for? Students are able to study abroad from 1 week to an entire academic year. 
  • How will the length of your program effect your on-campus involvement or employment?
  • What are the dates of the program? Not all programs follow the EU academic calendar. Pay attention to the program dates listed on the  program page.

  • How many hours/week is the internship?
  • What kinds of internships are available?
  • Are placements guaranteed or competitive?
  • Is the internship accompanied by an academic course (necessary to receive credit)?
  • Is the internship done part-time throughout the program or full-time for part of the program?