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Start here to learn about what types of opportunities are available, how to choose the right option for you and how to search for programs. Learn about program finances including financial aid and scholarships.

Types of Programs

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers three main types of opportunities for students interested in education abroad including Faculty-Led Programs, Exchanges, and Direct/Program options.

Faculty-Led Global Seminars Programs

Short-term programs developed by SIU faculty primarily for SIU students. Most take place during the summer although there may also be options during the winter or spring breaks. All faculty-led programs are listed under Featured Programs in the program search area and you may also search for programs led by a specific faculty member under Advanced Search.

Exchanges

Exchanges involve trading places; SIU students will go abroad to enroll directly at a host university while students from that university will come to study at SIU, making these options some of the most affordable ways to study abroad. Exchange placements are generally competitive. All exchanges programs are listed under Featured Programs in the program search area and you may also search by Partner Institution or Sponsor under Advanced Search. Most are for a semester or an academic year, but there are some summer exchanges as well. Exchanges may be bi-lateral between SIU and another institution or through Multilateral exchange organizations such as ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) or the Utrecht Network.

Direct/Program

Overseas non-exchange study options which either involve direct enrollment on a partner university program or enrollment through an affiliate study abroad provider. Programs are one-way and will typically offer more openings. ISEP Direct programs are classified as Direct/Program.

Opportunities may include regular study abroad, field study, internships or research. Search for these programs using the Map Search or by searching under Sponsor or Program Type under Advanced Search.

Choosing a Program: What to Consider

Choosing a study abroad experience is much like choosing a university; you need to consider which fits your needs, background and resources. Meet with a study abroad advisor before applying for any program and we will help you, but the choice is ultimately yours. Some factors to consider when making your choice:

Location

Is there a place that has always fascinated me? Will I be comfortable with the culture and laws of that country? Do I prefer a big city or a more rural location? Am I looking for a small program or to be immersed in a large university?

Goals

What am I trying to achieve? Am I mainly interested in language acquisition? an international perspective on my major? an intercultural experience? adventure? career skills? a resume builder?

Academic Needs

Am I looking for courses to fulfill my major, minor, core or honors requirements or mainly for electives? Do I know what I still need to complete my SIU degree? When is the best time for students in my major to study abroad? How many credits will I earn?

Dates and Duration

Is a semester or academic year abroad practical for my major? Would a short-term program fit better? Do the dates of the programs I am considering conflict with SIU semester dates or my summer internship? Am I planning to graduate in the near future?

Independent Options vs. Group

Do I want to go with a group of other SIU students or do I want to go on program where I am the only one or one of a few? Do I want to study mainly with other Americans or to immerse myself in the host culture?

Budget

Do I understand what is and is not included in the program fee? What will be my personal costs for things such as a passport, visa, transportation, etc.? Does all of my current financial aid apply? Have I investigated whether there are other scholarships available?

Housing

Do I want to live with a host family, in a university residence, or in an apartment shared with Americans/locals/other international students?

Search for Programs

Just Browsing:

I am a prospective student or current student looking for what types of options are available to me. Use the Map Search (requires Flash) or Simple Search.

I know what I want:

I know the subject, location or language I am interested in studying. Use the Advanced Search or Featured Programs option. You are required to create an advising application before applying for any program except a SIU Global Seminar. Click on Advising to start the process or simply click on the Apply Now button on the program description page.

I am looking for an SIU Faculty-led Global Seminar:

All programs led by SIU faculty are listed under Featured Programs or you can search by faculty leaders under Advanced Search. When you click on Apply Now on a Global Seminar, you will be applying directly for the progam and an application charge does apply.

Funding Study Abroad

Most forms of financial aid will apply and there some scholarships specifically for study abroad. SIU, or your program provider, will supply you with a program budget letter upon request. That will need to be submitted to Financial Aid after you have applied for the program. Please note that you must have a FAFSA on file for the appropriate term and be registered for the class in order to apply for aid. The one exception is that Financial Aid will provide a preliminary estimate for summer programs before the official summer aid application is available. For more detailed information, see our Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships section. This includes information on using financial aid, internal and external scholarships, the Salukis Abroad Scholarship and budgeting for study abroad.

What is my next step?

If you are applying for a Global Seminar led by an SIU faculty member, then you simply click the Apply Now button in the top section of the individual program description.

For any other program, you should create an advising application and then set up an appointment with Study Abroad Programs.

You can set up an advising application by clicking here or using the link in the QuickLinks menu on our home page (right menu). In addition, if you click on the Apply Now button for any program other than a faculty-led Global Seminar it will direct you to an advising application.

For the advising application, you will log on using your SIU network ID and password. Please complete the Profile information including your cell number and photo (optional) and the Advising Questionnaire. The rest of your basic information will be downloaded from SalukiNet overnight.