College of Undergraduate Studies

Study Abroad Programs

Studying abroad may be a defining moment in your education! Nothing will be quite the same after you have studied abroad. Your outlook will be global, your attitudes will be international, and you will have memories that will last a lifetime!

Why Study Abroad?

  • Academic credit – the most obvious reason!
  • Language acquisition – The world marketplace is shrinking rapidly, and many companies require second languages.
  • Résumé building – Show potential employers that you are motivated and interested in taking on new challenges and prepare yourself for a career in our increasingly interconnected world and economy. International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees.
  • Broaden and deepen your experiences – learn about new possibilities and options. Make friends and meet people from a completely different background.
  • Learn to adapt and succeed in a new environment. Studying abroad shows that you are resourceful, adventurous, globally minded, and understanding of diversity.

Who Can Study Abroad?

Most students can take advantage of a study abroad opportunity. There are two options: a semester abroad or a short study abroad trip. If you want to spend a semester abroad, make sure you consider your plans at the start of your college career. Many majors have tight schedules, but often there may be a semester when you can take courses abroad that will transfer into your major requirements.

Consult early with the coordinator of study abroad, as well as with your academic advisor. If you simply cannot spend a semester abroad, you may be able to take advantage of short-term trips that do not conflict with class schedules.

Can I Afford to Study Abroad?

Students who do study abroad are often amazed at how easily the whole process flows. Financial aid is available, and most students can take advantage of this opportunity if they work closely with advisors in the financial aid office.

How Will Study Abroad Affect My Major at Immaculata?

Studying abroad will complement your major at Immaculata. In most instances, you can take courses abroad that will complete requirements in your academic program at IU. Make sure you meet with your academic advisor about your course selections to ensure that you are choosing the correct courses while spending a semester abroad. In addition, you may also have the opportunity to complete internships abroad, a guaranteed benefit when writing your résumé.

Who Can Help Me Find the Best Study Abroad Program to Fit My Major?

Your first point of contact will be with the coordinator for study abroad to look at your options. When you have some thoughts about your possibilities, you will meet with your academic advisor to see how spending a semester abroad will enhance your major program. Suppose you learn that you cannot spend a semester abroad? Why not investigate a short term opportunity or possibly a summer program abroad instead? The opportunities are endless.

Sister Elaine Glanz, IHM
Coordinator of Study Abroad
Study Abroad Office (next to IU Bookstore in Good Counsel Hall)

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