There are different types of study abroad programs; one is not necessarily better than the others.
- A stand-alone program: all courses are arranged for a group of U.S. students and taught by local faculty.
- A direct-enroll program at a foreign university: students take all courses at the university with host institution students.
- A combination program: courses are arranged for the group by the program sponsor, plus the student, enrolls in one or two courses at a foreign university.
- Experiential field-based program: students enroll in one or two seminar courses based on a specific topic along with language and research method courses. The semester culminates in a research paper and presentation of an independent study project.
- There additional types of programs that are not easily categorized in the above descriptions, such as the shipboard programs of SeaSemester. Get more information on specific programs at our office.
For more information on programs approved by our faculty committee, please see our page on approved programs.