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Read about Illini, whose study abroad experiences enriched their global perspective.

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  • Program Assistants: A Go-To Resource

    Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange offers a variety of resources to help students explore and select the program that is right for them. One of those many resources include our student staff, called Program Assistants.

  • Host Families: The Best Housing in Bilbao

    Studying abroad is an experience that allows you to learn more about yourself as well as the different cultures you’ll interact with. But living with a host family during your time abroad, like Roberto Estrada Lobo did while studying at the Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao, allows you to be immersed in a culture each and every day.   

  • My Study Abroad in Four Minutes or Less

    Some students know they want to study abroad, but are unsure where to start looking for program information. Others don’t know if studying abroad is for them and want to explore their options. Either way, visiting the My Study Abroad program search is one of the best places to start.  

  • A Spring Spent at VU Amsterdam

    Many students would view an extra semester of school as disappointing, but Alejandro saw it as an opportunity to study abroad.

  • The U.S. From an Italian's Perspective

    There is so much to learn from Illini that have studied abroad, but there is just as much to learn from students that are currently studying abroad at U of I. 

  • Talking to Family About Study Abroad

    You’ve decided to study abroad, that’s awesome! Now it’s time to talk to your parents about your plans.

  • Cape Town in Four Weeks or Less

    Many students believe they won't have time to study abroad during their college career but there are plenty of programs available during the Summer term as well as during Winter and Spring breaks. Natalie Szot spent three weeks at Arcadia University in Cape Town, South Africa during the Summer 2017 term.

  • Illinois Corn to Italian Grapes: A Summer in Rome

    Studying abroad in a foreign country is an incredible experience, but having an internship in that country is an exclusive opportunity available to Illinois students. Christy Allen, a junior in Agricultural Communications, took advantage of this opportunity by studying abroad in Rome while also participating in an internship during Summer 2017.

  • Q&A with Violetta Montañez

    From storied.illinois.edu

    Violetta found her passion on a study abroad trip to Australia. Now she plans to take that inspiration back to her beloved Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, connecting residents with the healthcare services they need.

  • Study Abroad Programs A to Z

    The University of Illinois offers literally hundreds of study abroad programs suited for every student interested in studying abroad. Having all of these options can be exciting, but it can be overwhelming to decide on a program.