Education Abroad for

International Studies Majors

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Globalize Your Education

For International Studies majors, studying abroad is an excellent way to get valuable experience, set your resume apart, and fulfill degree requirements. Review the resources here to first help explore how an international experience could fit into your degree plan. Then, connect with your International and Global Studies Advisor and your Education Abroad advisor to ensure you're choosing the best program to fit your goals. Your Education Abroad advisor can also help you explore ways to use financial aid, scholarships, and grants to finance your travel!

Why Study Abroad?

When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context.  It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations.  The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.

You can Afford to Study Abroad!

Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program! 
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee! 
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000! 
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.

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Student Spotlight: Montevideo, Uruguay

"There is nothing like studying abroad, it completely changes your life and it is so important to get...experience of what life is like outside of the U.S. My experience in Uruguay was something I will never forget and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat."

- Shelby W.
Intl & Global Studies Major

What Programs Work Well For International Studies Majors?

The programs below not only offer a wide variety of global studies and regional courses, but also may offer courses to fulfill general education requirements, minor, certificate, or political science elective credit.

AFRICA

ASIA

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA

MIDDLE EAST

OCEANIA

Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs. 

Ready to take the Next Step?

Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps. 

Upcoming events

Ed Abroad 101

Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-19 11:00:00 2021-05-19 12:00:00 Ed Abroad 101 Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in session. Can't attend a live session? Watch the recorded video to learn about how the application process works, how to make an advising appointment, and how to narrow down programs. Questions? Email edabroad@pdx.edu for help. https://pdx.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqd-qtqzIuHdcVofeL8nP5cl-hC-1RaX… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Ed Abroad 101

Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-20 09:30:00 2021-05-20 10:30:00 Ed Abroad 101 Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in session. Can't attend a live session? Watch the recorded video to learn about how the application process works, how to make an advising appointment, and how to narrow down programs. Questions? Email edabroad@pdx.edu for help. https://pdx.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsceiuqDIjG9x0S72kLARwbDLB0IQS0y… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Program Spotlight: Lüneburg, Germany

Take a deep-dive journey into our USAC Specialty program in Lüneburg,…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-20 10:00:00 2021-05-20 11:30:00 Program Spotlight: Lüneburg, Germany Take a deep-dive journey into our USAC Specialty program in Lüneburg, Germany. This event will be broken into two 40-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in between to give you some time to refocus. USAC's Resident Director, Dr. Stefanie Seewald will walk you through the program by turning your attention to academics, pre-departure preparation, experiential learning opportunities, a highlights tour, and more. We hope to see you there! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfuquqzwqG9InrxQdhIzDZp17DUS3Ym…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Living Abroad In Your Skin

Join GEO Education Oregon for its annual student panel, Living Abroad In…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-24 15:30:00 2021-05-24 16:30:00 Living Abroad In Your Skin Join GEO Education Oregon for its annual student panel, Living Abroad In Your Skin. The panel features diverse student voices reflecting on the intersection of identity, discovery and the study abroad experience. Moderated by Rosa Chavez, the Associate Director for the University of Oregon's Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, this event will explore how personal identities are lived in a global context.  Three student panelists, currently studying abroad in London and South Korea, will share their diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as reflect on what it's been like to live and study abroad during this challenging time.  The fourth panelist, Ava Jamerson (pictured right) is a GEO study abroad alumna who studied in China and will share her experience as it relates to her career and post-graduation life. https://geo.uoregon.edu/living-abroad-your-skin edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public