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School of Information Sciences

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, the campus study abroad office, serves the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) and offers programs for all majors. Students in the iSchool should review this information as they begin planning their study abroad experience.


Remember: students can choose to pursue a variety of academic, professional, and personal interests as they study abroad and are not limited to these programs.

All Pathways

Academic Considerations

Before you apply, make sure to review the following policies and procedures that apply specifically to iSchool students.

  • Prerequisites for Study Abroad: One academic year (or one semester in the case of transfer students) in residence at UIUC, good academic standing, completion of at least thirty semester hours toward the bachelor's degree.
  • Hour Limitations: May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 44 hours. Maximum of 18 hours per regular term. Summer session, 0 to 8 hours.
  • Residential Credit: Courses are counted towards residential credit and advanced hours, however only 9 advanced hours may be used towards IS advanced electives.
  • Course Usage: Students registered in the iSchool must take required courses for grades only. Free electives can be elected as credit only. iSchool Undergraduate Office determines usage of course credit on the Course Approval Summary Form.
  • Cancellation: Students must notify both the proper study abroad office and the iSchool Undergraduate Student Affairs Office to cancel their participation in a program once they have accepted.

It is encouraged that you discuss study abroad with your iSchool academic advisor as soon as you begin considering it. They can discuss when will be the best time in your schedule for you to study abroad. After, you can attend a First Steps workshop to learn the basics of study abroad. Once you have a general idea of the study abroad process, contact Joy Phaphouvaninh to set up an individualized study abroad advising appointment.

Make an Advising Appointment

iSchool students should review the course approval process for prior to departure.


Joy Phaphouvaninh
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