We encourage information sciences students to expand their global experience through various international programs. Our school partners with Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) to provide students with study abroad advising and programming to enhance their Information Sciences degree. Students should discuss with your IS Advisor to review your academic plan and how an international program may fit into your schedule, and then find your program!
Students will receive additional information and opportunities by email.
Find Your Program!
Visit the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Student Website to understand the process, timeline, requirements, and look through available programs. Use the First Steps Website. Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor (below) to discuss programs in more detail, or to help you find a good fit.
International Programs (IAGE) Coordinator
for the iSchool
Erin Leonard is the Education Abroad Coordinator for Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (IAGE), and is dedicated to helping iSchool students, faculty, and staff navigate the study abroad landscape at Illinois. Erin has an M.A. in International Education, and has visited or interned in countries spanning Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Curiosity and Penny.
Erin holds virtual office hours for iSchool students seeking information on studying abroad Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00pm. To chat with Erin during these times, use the following instructions:
- Login to your Zoom account with your Illinois NetID and password
- Click chat and search for “Illinois Abroad”
- Initiate a chat with her. At that time, she can convert to video chat if requested.
Erin can also be reached at email@example.com, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.
View our iSchool Study Abroad Virtual Office Hours Calender here.
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National & International Scholarships Program Office
Our program administers nationally competitive awards for University of Illinois students and alumni. Opportunities include undergraduate and graduate study, research, and teaching—often in foreign countries. We also provide advice and feedback for candidates throughout the application process, helping you to become more competitive for scholarships.
Spring 2021 Virtual Global Experience Opportunities:
Virtual International Professional Development Opportunities (thru LAS)
The application deadline for our virtual programs is December 11th. We recommend any student who is interested to schedule an appointment with an advisor in LAS International Programs.
The opportunities outlined below are apart of the LAS International Program’s Virtual Global Experiences, which consists of internships, research, and projects with international organizations, alumni mentors, or companies abroad.
Some relevant opportunities: view all opportunites here go.illinois.edu/virtual-global
- Database Developer (5-10 hours per week for 12 weeks)
Interns will create an online database on the Staging of Classical Drama for the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Interns will assist in the development of the English version of an online database on the staging of classical drama and its English webpage. They will offer IT support, helping connect this database with a thematically similar database at the University of Oxford (The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama). Interns may also provide IT support for the conversion of already existing data into a new format.
- Database Developer for digital humanities research (5-10 hours per week for 12 weeks)
The LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ project, IP CAS provides infrastructure for digital research in the humanities in the form of electronic datasets. The intern should have sufficient skills in database management (SQL) and internet communication protocols (APIs, OAI-PMH) to work on the improved accessibility of these datasets. Knowledge of data standards in the humanities, such as TEI XML, is an advantage. Tasks may include e.g. scripts for conversion of data from relational databases into XML format, implementation of existing open source technologies such OAI-PMH over the existing databases, or designing API endpoints. The database collection consists of the Czech Medieval Sources Online - digitized editions of primary sources important for Czech medieval history; Dictionary of Medieval Latin in Czech Lands - national digital dictionary of medieval Latin; Comenius Online - digital catalogs of the correspondence of J. A. Comenius, other early-modern intellectuals from the Czech Lands, Comenius scholars, and a digital edition of Comenius’ collected works (Comenius Corpus); Antiquity and Czech Culture - datasets documenting the reception of classical culture in visual arts and theatre in the Czech lands; UniQ - an electronic catalog of sources necessary for the study of the late medieval Czech scholarly debates.
- Data Management Specialist (5-10 hours per week for 12 weeks)
The Funded and Unfunded Research is a project supported by the Czech Science Foundation. The project applies computational social sciences tools to bibliographic and funding datasets to better understand how the thematic structure of science accounts for differences in the access to research funding with an additional emphasis on social sciences specialties and gendered topics. The intern will work on specific data munging or labeling tasks, visualizations of datasets, or proofreading of manuscripts. It is expected that the intern participates in the project team meetings. Knowledge of R on an intermediate level is highly desirable.
Global Experiences While in the U.S.
You may still build global experiences while in the U.S.! Building your global competency will be beneficial for you personally and professionally!
- Global Leaders: orange and blue engagement (GLOBE): GLOBE connects Blue members (current university students) with Orange members (new incoming students) and teams them up in small groups to participate in various activities and events throughout the semester.
- ISSSTrains: ISSSTRAINS encompasses workshops, student and scholar panels, and coaching to build the global skills that lead to more effective and enjoyable intercultural communication.
- Intensive English Institute: You can help promote our world-class program, better connect our students and enrich the local community. We offer opportunities for professional development and to advance research in the field of second language teaching. ConvoPartner Volunteer
- Coursework (make sure to look at special topics, such as '199s' as well!)
- Campus Research/Area Studies Centers
- General Resources
- University YMCA (Student Organizations, Workshops/Training, Events)
- Illinois Leadership Competencies: Community/Society: Global Competence LibGuide
- Amizade is a nonprofit organization that pairs students with service-learning and internship opportunities around the globe. Their mission is to inspire empathy, catalyze social vacation, and link diverse communities through Fair Trade Learning. Their vision is to create a world where diverse communities connect freely, forge lasting relationships and build a more just plant together. Cost of Participation: Program fees varies and is in addition to the $150 administration fee. Please visit Amaizade's website to learn more. Deadline to apply: see Amizade's website for more details.
- Campus B: Internships in Brazil. Campus B offers internship programs and experiential learning in a structured online working format so students can continue to make progress towards their academic and professional goals while also gaining a global perspective and developing interpersonal skills through interacting with Insper (Institute of Education and Research) students. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside Brazilian students and experienced professionals in renowned organizations. All interns will be placed within an organization working on projects, with a dedicated supervisor and a program coordinator based in Brazil.
- VACorps will find you a remote internship abroad with a South African company, startup, nonprofit, or NGO. During this unique international work opportunity, you will receive a career-relevant internship and work on projects that benefit your host organization. If you are unable to find the time to travel to South Africa, yet want to engage with local organizations in a meaningful way, a remote internship experience is your ideal solution. They also offer hybrid internships that will give you the opportunity to begin your internship remotely and then travel to South Africa to meet your colleagues in person and enjoy local travel adventures with VACorps. Cost of Participation: Program fees: $1,000 in addition to the $150 administration fee. Deadline to apply: see VACorps's website for more details.
- Sage Corps offers 12-week remote internships with global startups around the world. Their mission is to train the next generation of the global workforce - we help students gain the real-world experience, skills, and network they need to succeed in today's fast-paced job market and to make the global experience accessible and affordable to as many college students as possible, regardless of race, gender, culture, background, or identity. Students can work on projects in the areas of digital and content marketing, sales and business development, graphic design, data analytics, and software development. There are also opportunities to develop and use a foreign language. Cost of Participation: Program fees: $1,999 in addition to the $150 administration fee. Deadline to apply: see Sage Corps website for more details.