If you are interested in studying abroad, there are multiple ways to learn more about the planning process and programs available to you. Take the first step by utilizing one or more of the resources below.
Learn About the Study Abroad Process
Complete a First Steps Workshop
First Steps Workshops are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Complete one of these workshops to learn about what it means to study abroad and the factors to consider when selecting a program. Check the Study Abroad Calendar to find dates and times for the in-person or online workshops. You can also watch a previous session via the screencast below.
Contact an Illinois Abroad Ambassador
Contact an Illinois Abroad Ambassador, current students that have studied abroad and can provide information about the application process, insight into their time abroad, and advice how to make the most of your time abroad.
Identify Your Goals & Create a Plan
Meet with Your Academic Advisor
Discuss with your academic advisor how study abroad fits within your plan of study. Your academic advisor can answer questions about when to study abroad as it relates to your academic schedule and how study abroad credits will fulfill academic requirements.
- You can earn major/minor, elective, and/or gen ed credit while abroad. Check each program's online brochure page in My Study Abroad to find a list of available courses on that program.
- You will complete a course approval process to determine the credit equivalency for each course you take abroad.
- Some programs may offer a vast course catalogue, where you can take courses in many disciplines, while others may focus on a specific discipline and will have a more limited course selection.
Talk with the Campus Study Abroad Office
Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE), the campus study abroad office, is available to answer general questions about the study abroad process. Visit the Advising page to schedule an appointment with an IAGE staff member. You can also get in touch by phone (217-333-6322) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Talk with Your College Study Abroad Office
Many colleges have study abroad offices and programs designed for their majors and disciplines. Staff in the college study abroad offices can provide specialized guidance when selecting a program.
- College of ACES
- College of AHS
- College of Education
- College of FAA
- College of LAS
- College of Media
- Gies College of Business
- Grainger College of Engineering
- School of Information Sciences
- All Other Colleges
Explore Your Program Options
Do an Online Program Search in My Study Abroad
- All majors can study abroad, including STEM majors!
- Some programs are open to specifc majors, but many programs are open to all majors. Check each program's eligibility requirements in My Study Abroad.
- Don't forget to talk to your academic advisor about how study abroad fits within your academic plan. Your major may impact the courses your advisor recommends you complete abroad.
Narrow Your Program Options
Schedule an Advising Appointment
Once you have a couple of programs of interest, make an appointment with the study abroad staff member(s) who advises for those programs. Talk to them about the goals you have for study abroad and they can help you choose the program that will best fulfill those goals. Click the button below for more information on how to make an appointment.Learn more about Advising
Understand Your Finances
Meet with the Office of Student Financial Aid
Most financial aid packages will apply to study abroad program costs, so it is important to understand how much of your financial aid will transfer. Start by visiting the Financial Aid page.
Apply for Scholarships
There are university-sponsored, donor-funded, and national scholarships available to many students. Explore the Scholarships page for more information.