Program Search

Utilize our online search to explore program options and find one that aligns with your interests and goals.

My Study Abroad

Illinois uses an online platform called “My Study Abroad” to house program information, applications, and communicate with you about program requirements and deadlines.

Advanced Search Program Discovery List All

Understanding Approved Program Offerings

All programs within My Study Abroad have been approved by the University. Choose one of these programs to ensure that you can utilize your financial aid, apply for Illinois-sponsored scholarships, maintain your Illinois student status, and receive the full support of the study abroad offices.

Program Administration

All programs, regardless of administering unit, can be found in My Study Abroad. Each program title begins with an acronym that designates its administering unit.

Program Major Eligibility

Each study abroad unit decides how open or restrictive their programs are to students in other colleges. You are not restricted to programs administered by your college and may apply to programs administered by other collges, as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for that program. Look at the list below to get an idea of which programs you may apply for.

Program Types

Compare Study Abroad Program Types (pdf)

Exchange programs involve the reciprocal exchange of students between Illinois and our partner institutions abroad. Exchange programs are ideal for students who have high financial need or are on a budget, who want to be fully immersed in their host culture, and who are interested in meeting students from all over the world.

  • Logistics: Semester/Summer duration, lower cost program type, moderately high level of program-specific support
  • Courses abroad: Classes with local students, taught by local professors
  • Housing: Housed in dorms, homestays, and/or apartments, with local/international students
Search Exchange Programs

*Not all exchange programs will have every option listed above, and it’s possible that some exchange programs may be different than the categorization above. Read about the specifics of each program in My Study Abroad.

Direct Enroll programs refer to students from Illinois who enroll directly as non-degree seeking international students at our partner institutions abroad. Direct enroll programs are ideal for students who are independent and willing to seek our support services on their own, who want to be fully immersed in their host culture, and who are interested in meeting students from all over the world.

  • Logistics: Semester/Summer duration, medium cost program type, moderately high level of program-specific support
  • Courses abroad: Classes with local/U.S. study abroad students, taught by local professors
  • Housing: Housed in dorms, homestays, and/or apartments, with local/international students
Search Direct Enroll Programs

*Not all direct enroll programs will have every option listed above, and it’s possible that some direct enroll programs may be different than the categorization above. Read about the specifics of each program in My Study Abroad.

Providers are organizations (colleges or universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, or consortiums) that offer education abroad programs and services to students from a variety of institutions. Provider programs are ideal for students who can choose a program that has a higher cost, who value personalized and robust support services (like excursions and mentoring), and who want to build close relationships with students in their cohort.

  • Logistics: Semester/Summer duration, higher cost program type, high level of program-specific support
  • Courses abroad: Classes with local/U.S. study abroad students, taught by local professors/hired instructors
  • Housing: Housed in dorms, homestays, and/or apartments, with U.S. study abroad students
Search Provider Programs

*Not all provider programs will have every option listed above, and it’s possible that some provider programs may be different than the categorization above. Read about the specifics of each program in My Study Abroad.

Customized short-term programs are Illinois courses that are led and taught by either Illinois faculty or professional staff. Traditionally, these programs are brief in duration and take place during academic breaks. Customized short-term programs are ideal for students who want to take a specific course taught by an Illinois faculty/staff member, who can't fit a semester of study abroad into their academic plan, and who want to build close relationships with Illini in their cohort and program leaders.

  • Logistics: Winter Break/Spring Break/Summer duration, higher cost program type, high level of program-specific support
  • Courses abroad: Classes with Illinois students, taught by Illinios faculty/staff member
  • Housing: Housed in dorms and/or hotels, with Illinois study abroad students
Search Customized Short-Term Programs

*Not all customized short-term programs will have every option listed above, and it’s possible that some customized short-term programs may be different than the categorization above. Read about the specifics of each program in My Study Abroad.

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


Non-Approved Programs

With hundreds of approved programs, you should be able to find a program that aligns with your study abroad goals. It is strongly recommended that you choose an approved program, however, students have the option to petition to participate in a non-approved program.

If, after you have researched program options and spoken to an Education Abroad Coordinator, you still cannot find a program that aligns with your goals, you may petition to participate in a non-approved program. Approval to participate in said program is not guaranteed, particularly 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 offices.

Important note: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has its own petition process; all LAS students should email las-studyabroad@illinois.edu for instructions.

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.