Congratulations on your decision to have an education abroad experience!
You are about to embark on one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences of your career at Colorado State University. The Education Abroad staff within the Office of International Programs look forward to working together with you as you identify and apply to programs and prepare for your journey.
WHY go abroad?
Having an education abroad experience is a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing opportunity with enormous benefits. Whether you wish to learn a new language, fulfill requirements of your major, or simply focus on general electives, having an experience abroad will set you apart from your peers, enhance your studies, and engage you as a citizen of the world.
Education Abroad is more than travel and adventure. You will gain skills in crosscultural communication, learn to think critically, and develop self-confidence, flexibility, and an appreciation of diversity. Most importantly, you will increase your awareness of the interconnected nature of the world. These skills are an essential component of your college education.
"My study abroad experience in Australia simply cannot be put into words. Seeing the ocean for the first time and experiencing life in another country were beyond anything I ever expected. It was by far the most life-altering experience I have encountered and continues to not only influence who I am today but my future aspirations and life goals. It will never be forgotten."
- Addison, Australia
WHERE can I study, intern, or conduct research?
Opportunities exist for most majors to go abroad in nearly any country of the world. CSU-sponsored and affiliated programs are offered in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania. With approval, you may also go abroad through an unaffiliated program or enroll directly in a foreign university.
WHAT can I study?
From animal production in France, intensive language in China, and field-based research in Costa Rica to media studies in Europe – the possibilities are endless! Some programs will focus on a particular field of study; others will offer a general curriculum. You may study in a foreign language or in English. Instructional offerings in English are plentiful – even in many non-English speaking countries!
You may take classes that apply to your major or minor requirements or take a combination of course work while earning general elective credit and fulfilling All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements. The key to staying on track toward graduation is early planning. Talk with your academic advisor about including an education abroad experience in your degree program. This will help you to see which courses may be taken abroad and assist you in selecting a program.
"If you're thinking about studying abroad...two words come to mind: DO IT!! It may seem daunting at first, but you really do figure things out. Do your research about the school, the surroundings, the weather, dress, public transit, etc. It makes a big difference!"
- Jake, Macquarie University, Australia
WHERE do I go for more information?
With so many programs to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The International Resource Center (IRC) in Laurel Hall is your central resource for information on opportunities abroad. The IRC maintains reference materials on a wide variety of study abroad and internship programs, short-term work and volunteer opportunities, and grants and scholarships as well as resources for student travel abroad. Education Abroad coordinators are available to assist you in learning how to research programs, to identify those that meet University requirements for credit transfer, and to answer questions you may have.
General advising hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.