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Planning Your International Experience

Plan early for your study abroad program! Think about when and where you would like to go, and what you plan to gain from your international experience.


Here are guidelines to help you plan for different options:

  • Year-long study abroad – Liberal Studies students with many AP units may be eligible to study abroad the entire sophomore year. Plan during freshman year!
  • Semester study abroad– Sophomore year usually works best for Liberal Studies, but junior year is also possible. Start planning as a freshman!
  • Summer programs (2-8 weeks) – These generally work best for Liberal Studies students who have completed their sophomore or junior years, but some Liberal Studies students may be eligible to go earlier. Start planning as a freshman.
  • Spring Break programs (9-10 days) - All Liberal Studies majors are eligible, but priority is given to juniors and seniors.