Love to travel? Interested in learning about other cultures? Maybe you see yourself studying in a cafe by the Seine in Paris--or traversing the Great Wall of China! Most SPEA students find that, with careful planning, they can fit a study abroad experience into their time as an undergraduate.
Before getting your passport or packing your bags, you have lots of planning to do! Here are a few helpful tips to follow:
- See a SPEA Advisor. This is really your first step toward including overseas studies in your academic plan. An advisor can help you tailor your plans to fit your academics and provide you with the information you need to move forward.
- Start Early. It's never too early to start planning for study abroad. The longer you wait, the more likely that a study abroad experience could tack time on to your degree. By starting early, you can eliminate this risk.
- Spend Electives and General Education Requirements Wisely. Students often use electives for overseas study, or aim to find transferable coursework for general education. Be warned--finding SPEA coursework overseas can be difficult. And even if you do find SPEA-equivalent courses overseas, only two courses can transfer back as SPEA major coursework. Here's a list of SPEA Approved Overseas Study Courses. Be sure to also complete the SPEA course approval form for SPEA major coursework you plan to take overseas.
- Download a Planning Sheet. Use our Overseas Study Advising Guidelines sheet to guide your planning.