Overview & Core Services

The mission of Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is to offer students quality programs and comprehensive support throughout their education abroad experience. Our vision is to foster intercultural competence and inspire global engagement for students by serving as an innovative and collaborative partner.

About Us

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE), the campus study abroad office, facilitates education abroad programs in locations around the world. We firmly believe that international education is transformative. Not only does it foster global competencies, but also allows our students to enhance their skill-sets, broaden their perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding of their given fields. As the campus study abroad office, our programs are open to students from all academic fields, backgrounds, and identities. We seek to be inclusive in our approach to study abroad and introduce our students to a multi-faceted understanding of their disciplines and a broader set of tools with which to solve complex problems.

Our portfolio includes: exchange programs, direct enroll programs, provider programs, customized short-term programs, and signature programs. We also serve as a collaborative partner across campus, providing support and guidance to students, faculty, staff, partner institutions, and our colleagues in the study abroad offices across campus. We do this through our core services of Program Development, Program Management, Partner Relations, Business, Outreach and Marketing, and Systems.

Program Development

  • Provide expertise and resources in the development of education abroad programs
  • Partner with institutions to develop and facilitate education abroad opportunities
  • Align education abroad programs with academic goals, including working with campus units for clear articulation of credit
  • Conduct program assessments with an objective of continuous improvement

Program Management

  • Coordinate signature, exchange, direct enroll, and customized education abroad programs
  • Advise for and communicate with students on the entirety of the education abroad process
  • Develop and implement a variety of programming for students during all stages of their education abroad experience
  • Maximize safety abroad by actively collaborating with the Office of International Safety and Security

Partner Relations

  • Maintain collaborative links with partners through agreements that allow for student mobility
  • Support partnerships through communications management and coordinated visits

Business

  • Post education abroad program fees to student accounts
  • Execute international financial transactions
  • Provide detailed program information to allow for the disbursement of federal financial aid

Outreach & Marketing

  • Collaborate with academic units to make education abroad an integral part of the curricula
  • Create a dynamic print and media presence to communicate the value of education abroad
  • Promote education abroad opportunities to the campus community through targeted outreach
  • Plan and implement the annual Illinois Abroad Day event in collaboration with campus education abroad partners

Systems

  • Maintaining application requirements
  • Providing system operations and training
  • Managing a variety of program offerings
  • Reporting unit and campus level data to internal and external stakeholders
  • Software licensing
  • Integrating data between education abroad software and university systems

Impact

Where Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange Students Study

IAGE study abroad locations


Illinois International

IAGE is part of Illinois International. Illinois International refers to the nine units that report to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies and are dedicated to supporting campus internationalization through administrative, academic, and programmatic services and initiatives. Learn more about Illinois International.

Memberships & Affiliations

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad, a committed partner of Generation Study Abroad, and a member of the Diversity Abroad Network.

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