Choose a Program


In this section of our website, you will be able to learn more about the Study Abroad Center's program offerings. Keep in mind that there are other programs available as well, and a full listing of ISU study abroad programs can be found on ISUAbroad

Here you can view programs in a number of ways such as location, summer, affiliates, and international internships.  When you click on a program of interest, you will be guided to that program page in ISUAbroad, where you will find comprehensive program information as well as the application.

With study abroad programs in over 50 countries, it can be difficult to decide on just one or two programs. Therefore, the Study Abroad Center has put together some tips that can help you decide which program to choose.

1. Prioritize Your Wish List

What are your most important reasons for studying abroad? For example, is it most important to you to study in a specific country or city? Or to take courses toward your major and graduation requirements? In many cases, you can find a program that checks all the boxes on your wish list, however, sometimes you will need to focus on your top priorities and miss out on one of the lower ones.

2. Speak with your Academic Advisor

If you would like to take courses abroad that will apply to your major, discuss studying abroad with your academic advisor. They may be able to recommend a few programs that have been a good academic fit for previous students. In addition, they might help you identify the best time to study abroad.

3. Program Length

Depending on your previous international experience, you may be comfortable with spending a semester or year abroad, however, if you haven’t been abroad, you may wish to start with a short commitment such as a Spring Break or Summer program. Note: The longer you spend abroad, the more you will learn about the host country and about yourself.

4. Program Type

Choosing the right type of program can help you get what you want out of your time abroad. For example, if you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture, you should avoid programs where you take courses and live with only other Americans.

Need help choosing a program? Drop by the Study Abroad Center in 3224 Memorial Union. No appointment necessary. We are open Monday-Friday from 8-5pm.