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

Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC

Attend this info session to learn the basics about USAC and start planning…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 12:00:00 2021-07-29 13:00:00 Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC Attend this info session to learn the basics about USAC and start planning your study abroad adventure! USAC is a PSU-approved study abroad organization that offers programs that allow you to earn credit towards your major and/or minor.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsc-GvrjsjGtcC9C5nNXZzp-60hrALmw…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Drop-In Advising with USAC!

Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-03 21:00:00 2021-07-29 08:40:12 Drop-In Advising with USAC! Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor without spending a fortune? Come chat with the USAC representative (Johanna Moxley) who works closely with Portland State University. She will be happy to answer any of your questions about studying abroad with USAC! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcOGtqz0uGtAvjXCcsgCdJvxfBKn1te… 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 2021-08-04 18:00:00 2021-07-28 00:29:25 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://bit.ly/36A6tdF edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Global Internships Info Session

Are you interested in a global internship either abroad or virtually? This…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-10 13:00:00 2021-08-10 14:00:00 Global Internships Info Session Are you interested in a global internship either abroad or virtually? This session will give you details about all USAC internship opportunities.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpf-mupj0oGNOfSOLcfTNrKUnoxysiFa…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public