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  • Returning from Spain with a Spanish Major

    Getting academic credit while studying abroad is one of the many advantages to studying in another country, and sometimes you’re even able to earn credit toward a course of study you had never anticipated. This is what happened to senior Paulina Kocoń when she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain on the Liberal Arts and Sciences’ S&P program during the Spring of 2016.

  • Achieving Your Professional Goals Through Study Abroad

    Studying abroad is an experience that allows you to learn about yourself as well as the world around you, but it also enables you to grow professionally and provides you with skills and experiences that will benefit you professionally.

  • Australia: Studying Abroad Oceans Away

    Studying abroad with people you are familiar with can make experiencing another country less intimidating. But Tom Hartney, a senior majoring in English and minoring in Business, felt that studying abroad in a country that had no familiar faces would be more beneficial to his experience.

  • Studying Abroad: Where to Start

    Studying abroad has the potential to be one of the most meaningful experiences of your college career. That being said, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. We’re here to guide you to some of the most helpful resources.

  • A Year in Hong Kong

    Not only does Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange offer programs during the semester, but we also offer students the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad on select programs. Anita Kwan, a senior studying East Asian Languages and Cultures as well as Economics, took this opportunity to study at the University of Hong Kong for the 2016-2017 academic term.

  • 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. 

  • Friends and Family: Talking to Them About Studying 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.

  • From 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.

  • 365 Days of Brazil

    Everyone has different ideas about where they want to study abroad and what culture they want to experience. Mary Gan, a senior majoring in Agricultural Consumer Economics with a minor in Portuguese, spent a year in the city of Piracicaba, Brazil at the University of São Paulo-ESALQ.

  • 4 Study Abroad Scholarships in 4 Minutes

    Don’t let the cost of studying abroad deter you from a priceless experience.  Although the cost of studying abroad is often comparable to studying at Illinois, applying for scholarships can help offset your expenses.

  • To Jordan (then Austria) and Back

    Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your college career. But studying abroad twice - that can be the opportunity of a lifetime. Read about Ester Fang's study abroad expereince in Amman, Jordan as well as Vienna, Austria. 

  • Gilman Scholarship: Victoria Pai at Yonsei University

    Victoria was awarded the Gilman Scholarship—a grant for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing internships abroad—for her study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea during the Academic Year of 2014-2015.

     

  • There and Back Again: Sarah Bielec at Korea U.

    Originally from Minooka Illinois, Sarah chose to attend Illinois due to the Korean Language courses available and the strong support from the College of Education to study abroad. Sarah studied at Korea University in Seoul on two separate occasions, citing her first experience and a desire to take more courses as the motivation to go abroad again.

  • There and Back Again: Jacklyn Montiel in Granada

    Sometimes studing in a country once just isn't enough. Read about Jacklyn's study abroad experience in Granada, Spain and how she intends to study there again. 

  • Internships Abroad: Emma Woods in New Zealand

    One of the best ways to learn is through hands on experiences. Learn about Emma Woods’ study abroad experience in New Zealand and how she got the chance to learn through exploration and hands on professional experience.