Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad experiences allow you to learn about cultures and perspectives in a way that may not be possible on campus. Take classes or gain hands-on experience by completing an internship with an international company, contribute to a service-learning project with an NGO, improve foreign language fluency by immersing yourself in your chosen language, or conduct research with experts in your field.

Regardless of the experience you choose, you will build skills highly sought by employers: adaptability, flexibility, communication skills, intercultural awareness, problem-solving skills, and more. Considering only 10% of U.S. undergraduate students participate in an international experience, those who do so gain an advantage over peers in the competitive job market as well as in graduate and professional school applications.

With a variety of program types, lengths, locations, courses, and costs, you can find a program that fits your interests and will keep you on track for graduation.

Quick Facts About Studying Abroad
  • Programs are possible in any country as long as it does not have a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State – AU students have studied on every continent, including Antarctica!
  • Program lengths range from one week to one academic year.
  • Courses for Auburn and non-Auburn programs are pre-approved prior to departure.
  • Programs are available for all majors and student levels.
  • Credit can count toward majors, minors, core curriculum, and general electives.
  • Course load is equal to the same term on campus, ensuring students stay on track for graduation.
  • Foreign language ability is not required, as courses are available in English and the host language.
  • Costs can be comparable to an equivalent term at AU, and scholarships, financial aid, PACT, VA benefits, and other aid may be applicable.
  • Housing options include residence halls, apartments, homestays, and hotels.
  • Experiences abroad build skills sought by employers.
  • Ready to get started? Attend a Study Abroad 101 session, held every Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. in 242 Foy Hall.
Last Updated: September 6, 2016