Study Abroad

Opportunities to explore

IU has hundreds of overseas study programs in nearly every field of study. The College also offers study abroad experiences specifically designed for students in the arts and sciences. Whether you’re interested in exploring on your own or with a group, for a semester or just a few weeks, you can choose the program that is right for you.

Faculty-led programs

College faculty lead many trips abroad, both during the summer and as part of semester courses. These short-term courses are one to three weeks long and provide one to three IU credits. You can travel to Greece, Israel, or Guatemala to study culture, food, history, or design- and lots more! Check out all the international courses to see where your learning can take you.

View international courses

College student exchanges

Attend a university abroad for a semester or academic year and discover a new culture without the added expense of tuition at an international institution. Students selected to participate in College exchanges pay their regular IU tuition and fees, receive a pre-departure orientation, meet with an IU international programs advisor, and find support through an advisor at the university while abroad. Each of these institutions offers courses in English.

Applications for the College academic year or fall semester exchange programs open in late January and are due in March. Applications for spring semester study abroad open in mid-August and are due in September. There are a limited number of available slots for each exchange, so research the institution and courses offered to determine if this is a good match for your degree of study and then provide a thorough and persuasive application. Please note that many institutions operate on academic calendars that are not consistent with IU's, so plan accordingly.

If you would like to be notified once applications open, let the College Office of International Affairs know which program you are interested in:

  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • University of Linköping, Sweden (Cognitive Science majors only)
  • University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • University of Mannheim, Germany (Psychological and Brain Sciences majors only)

Sign up to be notified when the application opens

Eligibility and Application Process

Students must:

  • Be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due abroad, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date.

The application process requires a statement of intent and letter of recommendation from a faculty member. After applying, students will participate in an interview with OIA staff to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.

Exchange Partners

Hong Kong University for Science and Technology (HKUST)

HKUST is one of the best universities in East Asia, with particular strength in the sciences. All courses are taught in English. The university is located on an island outside of Hong Kong, with a peaceful and beautiful campus that is still within reach of HK’s bustling heart. Undergraduate students may study the natural sciences, humanities, or the social sciences at HKUST for a semester or academic year. Course equivalencies may be found for some courses.

View their website

National Changchui University (NCCU), Taiwan

NCCU is one of East Asia’s top ranked schools in the social sciences and has a well-developed program for international students that includes Mandarin language classes. Students may study in any discipline at NCCU. Students do not need to have Chinese language skills in order to participate in this exchange, but the College encourages students to learn some Mandarin. NCCU offers a waiver of the standard tuition at its Chinese Language Center for exchange students.

Note that NCCU's fall semester ends in January. Some courses offer alternative assessments that enable students to complete their work in December, but not all do, so please plan carefully.

This is a new exchange, so very few course equivalencies are available.

View their website

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

As one of the oldest universities in the world, SKKU stands still as a well-respected university in Korea, with about 30% of their courses taught in English. Students in a wide variety of disciplines can spend a semester or academic year studying at SKKU either at the Humanities and Social Sciences campus in Seoul or the Natural Sciences campus in Suwon. Course equivalencies can be found for some departments.

SKKU's International Office runs courses particularly designed for exchange students. These courses are likely to transfer in as EALC courses, and offer perspectives and insights into Korean and Asian culture.

Note that the SKKU spring semester runs from March 1 to June 30. If you are interested in this exchange, please plan accordingly.

Visit their website

University of Linköping, Sweden

Cognitive Science Program students (undergraduate or graduate) can study at a counterpart program at the University of Linköping.

View their website

University of Manchester, England

The University of Manchester is one of the top universities in Europe, with teaching and research in more subjects than any other single-site British university. The College’s agreement with Manchester allows for study in any academic discipline, or Faculty, within the university. Besides a strong academic environment, the University of Manchester sits in the midst of a cosmopolitan city, making it the perfect spot for experiencing museums, music, theatre, and sports.

Note that Manchester’s fall semester ends in January. Many courses offer alternative assessments that enable students to complete their work in December, but not all do, so please plan carefully.

This is a new exchange, so very few course equivalencies are available.

View their website

University of Mannheim, Germany

Psychological and Brain Science students (undergraduate or graduate) can study at a counterpart program at the University of Mannheim. Interested students should inquire with the PBS advisor.

View their website