Econ UG: Study Abroad Opportunities

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Econ UG: Study Abroad Opportunities

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  • Studying Abroad is a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity!

    We highly recommend students participate in a study abroad program. Not only is it a wonderful experience, a time to explore a different country and culture, as well as a good addition to your college life, but you also earn Illinois credit through most programs. 

    The Economics Undergraduate Office works closely with study abroad to develop programs in different countries and promote opportunities to our students. Please work with your advisor to decide the best semester to study abroad. In most cases, we encourage you to seek out any program for which you are interested, even if they do not offer any major courses. Most students may take a semester off of their major coursework to explore a minor, general electives, or interest areas. 

    Please visit the Study Abroad Website and the LAS International Programs website to learn more about programs. Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

    View our events page for any upcoming Econ Study Abroad Info Sessions (throughout the semester, also check the weekly econug email newsletter).

    If you are unable to study abroad for any reason (DACA, documentation, immigration status, funding, disability, obligations, etc.), but are interested in opportunities to enhance your academics, please speak with an Econ Advisor in our economics office. You can email us, drop in for Express Advising or Schedule an Appointment. It is our mission to ensure all of our students have opportunities to enhance their ILLINOIS experience.

  • ECON Course Articulations and Form Approvals

    Click Here to read the full process for course articulations.


  • Programs Suggested to Economics Majors

    Students may study abroad anywhere, and we encourage you to find a place that has everything you are looking for in an experience. We want you to find a program that is the best fit for your interests~ and there are many to consider!

    Please visit the Study Abroad website ( and the
    LAS International Programs website ( for all opportunities available to students.

    You may view our slideshow with some of the programs we recommend to students to get started.

  • Brazil Faculty-Led Short-Term Economics Trip

    ECON 199 (3 credits for Undergraduate Students; 0 credits Graduate Students)
    Students complete a capstone research project

    An immersive course on economics and business enterprises in Brazil. Brazil has seen enormous economic growth over the last 20 years and presents a useful case study in economic development, entrepreneurship, and economic policy reforms. Throughout the course, students will investigate the relevance of institutions, political stability, and social norms in the functioning of markets, and success of individual business and industries. In Brazil, students will spend time in both Rio de Janiero and São Paulo, the country's economic capital and educational center, where they will meet Brazilian students, professors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. The summer trip will provide an additional experience traveling to the rain forest.

    Click Here for Detailed Information on Brazil Trips

    Spring Break Trip: March 16 - 25, 2018 Application Period CLOSED

    Summer Trip: May 14 - 27, 2018
    Application (Due Feb. 15, 2018): 

    Application Requirements: You will be asked to include general information, if you have a passport and country of origin for visa purposes, previous travel, language level (if any), your resume and transcript, a personal statement, and confirm that you understand you are representing this University and Department as part of the trip.

    Requirements: Students should have at least a basic understanding of economics (micro and/or macro). Must have or be able to obtain a passport. Must be able to pay all fees related to the trip, and have additional funds to support costs not included in the fees. Students must apply for scholarships on their own to cover costs (leaders may be able to provide some assistance). Must present themself and the institution in a professional manner throughout the trip.

  • Econ in Italy: Pavia

    The University of Illinois, the College of LAS and Economics, the Univerity of Pavia and the Alma Mater Ticinensis Foundation invite you to participate is the “Pavia, Italy, Europe: a Grand Tour Amidst Culture and Beauty”. This semester abroad program offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience in Italian language and culture and its European ties. Pavia’s historical status and geographical position place it at the crossroads of Mediterranean culture and its continental counterparts.The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe. An edict issued by King Lotharius quotes a higher education institution in Pavia as already established in 825. This institution, mainly devoted to law studies, was then chosen as the main education centre for northern Italy. Enlarged and renovated by the Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it became the University of the Duchy, officially established as a Studium Generale by Emperor Charles IV in 1361.

    Today Pavia is a Research University, offering a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching organized in 18 Departments and has study programmes at all levels: Bachelor’s degrees, single-cycle Masters degrees, research degrees, speciality schools and level I  and II Masters degrees. Research is carried out in departments, institutes, clinics, centres, and laboratories in close association with public and private institutions, enterprises and companies.

    The LAS-ECON in Italy program is comprised of two components for a minimum of 4 courses: 
    At least 2 courses on Italian Culture and Italian Language. These courses are specifically organized for (and reserved to) the Semester Abroad Program Students.
    At least 2 additional courses from the University of Pavia.

    Available: Fall Semester or Spring Semester
    Application Deadline: Fall Semester due February 15; Spring Semester due October 15
    Fall Program information updated later

    ***Use the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Program Search to find more Information and the Application for the "LAS-ECON in Italy" program***

  • Econ in Vienna: Austria (Vienna University of Economics & Business)

    Vienna is the historic capital of the multinational Habsburg Empire. It is a melting pot of languages and cultures, and the crossroads between East and West. This program is run in conjunction with the German Department at the University of Illinois. Classes are available in either German or in English, and there are German-language courses available at all level of instruction, so this is an excellent program if you would like to take classes for a German minor. There are cultural programs available, including an optional ski week for those students studying abroad in the spring. Because of the ski trip, spring is a better semester for this program than fall, but the exchange is available both fall in spring. Students who participate in the fall will be given an early exam so that they will be able to return to UIUC in time for spring courses to begin.

    The Department of Economics works directly with the Vienna program to ensure students have many options for economics and business courses. There is also an ILLINOIS Staff Member on-site in Vienna who will teach the German and Culture courses, and lead the excursions.

    Flyer with More Information: 

    Course Equivalents: The following sheet is a listing of the pre-approved course equivalents in Vienna, and includes how they will transfer to Illinois: 
    All courses not offered every semester, but there are numerous options. Courses listed under Economics, Socioeconomics, History, and other areas on the WU website.

    Vienna University of Economics & Business (WU) Website

    Austria Video

    Available: Fall Semester or Spring Semester
    Fall Semester Dates (generally): September - mid-January
    Spring Semester (generally): mid-January (if ski week) - early July*
    *Priority given to students able to stay the entire semester; Course offerings limited for students leading early
    Vienna 2018-2019 Dates (Draft Calendar)

    Application Deadline: Fall Semester due February 15; Spring Semester due October 15

    ***Use the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Program Search to find more Information and the Application on the "LAS-ECON in Vienna" program***

    Alexandra Pölzlbauer (Director, Illinois Vienna)
    Economics Department (ECON- General Questions)


  • Rome, Italy (Food & Culture Program)

    The Department of Economics has worked directly with Study Abroad and other programs to help develop an opportunity in Rome, Italy. The summer program offers an internship option, and the fall program offers an excellent research experience in the field. Both of these are cutomized for each economics student to ensure they get the most out of the experience.

    More information:
    Study Abroad in Rome Brochure
    Summer Program Information with Internship
    Fall Program 

    Applications through the Study Abroad Office: 

  • Bilbao, Spain

    Spanish and Business in Bilbao, Spain (Fall, Spring, Summer, or Academic Year):This program provides students with the opportunity to take intensive Spanish language and Business/Economicscourses in English. During the semester, students have the opportunity to engage in a business internship.

    Watch the videos on Bilbao Internships
    Bilbao Flier

    Applications through the Study Abroad Office: