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My Study Abroad
We use a platform called “My Study Abroad” to house program information, applications, and communicate with you about deadlines and program requirements. Login with your NetID and password and set up your My Study Abroad profile today.Program Search
All programs, regardless of sponsor, can be found in My Study Abroad. Each program title begins with an acronym that designates its sponsoring unit.
Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is an administrative unit of Illinois International with a study abroad portfolio that includes: exchange programs, direct enroll programs, provider programs, customized short-term programs, and signature programs. In My Study Abroad, programs we administer begin with the acronym "IAGE" or "SAO."
Several colleges also have unique programs specific to their field of study. In My Study Abroad, programs a college administers begins with an acronym specific to their name (e.g. LAS, LAW, BUS, etc.). If that college has its own study abroad office, you will find their contact information and website on the College Study Abroad Offices page.
All of the programs within My Study Abroad have been pre-approved by the university. We strongly recommend choosing a pre-approved program in order to utilize your financial aid package, apply for Illinois-sponsored scholarships, maintain your Illinois student status, and receive the full support of the study abroad offices on a campus as a resource throughout the entire study abroad process.
Illinois has a number of exchange programs with partner universities around the world. Exchange programs are often cost effective for students as they involve the reciprocal movement of students between Illinois and our institutional partners abroad.
Direct Enroll Program
Illinois also offers a number of direct enroll programs, which offer the same level of support as an exchange program but do not have reciprocal movement of students. This may result in higher costs as compared to exchange programs.
Illinois collaborates with other organizations that offer study abroad programs to students from any institution. A provider program may be sponsored by another college or university, a nonprofit organization, a for-profit business, or a consortium. Provider programs are often the most costly option, but usually offer orientations, academic excursions, and/or on-site support.
Customized Short-Term Program
Customized short-term programs are interdisciplinary and course-based. Customized short-term programs are led by a faculty member(s), who are often the instructor for the course as well. Usually, though not always, these programs are brief in duration and take place during academic breaks.
Our signature programs are constructed in close collaboration with an overseas institution. This allows us to help develop and customize the curriculum offered to our students. These programs also offer robust on-site support.
Signature Program with Gustolab International
With more than 300 pre-approved study abroad programs available at Illinois, you should be able to find a pre-approved program that aligns with your personal, academic, and professional goals. It is strongly recommended that you choose from the list of pre-approved programs within My Study Abroad, however, you can petition to go on a non-pre-approved program.
If, after you have researched program options and spoken to our Program Assistants or Education Abroad Coordinators, you still cannot find a program that aligns with your goals, you can petition to participate in a program of your choosing. Approval to participate in the program is not guaranteed, especially if that program is in a country under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. If your petition is approved, you will receive the full support of the study abroad office that administers that program.Next steps to petition
Students must submit petition applications online by:
- Summer/Fall/Academic Year: January 15
- Spring/Calendar Year: June 15
Important note: If you bypass the petition process, enroll, and participate in a non-approved program, then you will not maintain enrollment at Illinois, will have to forego any institutional, state, and/or federal financial aid that is disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Aid, and risk your courses and credits not transferring back as approved study abroad credits processed by the Office of the Registrar. Instead, transfer credit would need to be requested through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and they have the discretion to accept or deny these requests.