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International programs

Study abroad

There’s a great big wonderful world out there and it's calling your name.

When you graduate, you will live and work in a global society. By studying abroad, you will strengthen your language skills, gain an international perspective, and learn about yourself and your own society—all while earning college credit.

Through these programs, sponsored and supervised by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you will earn academic credit at the University and maintain your residency. Most university financial aid applies.

LAS short-term study abroad programs

Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences lead study abroad programs over winter, spring, and summer breaks.

Scholarship opportunities

Students may be eligible to apply for a variety of scholarship opportunities to help fund their study abroad program. For more information please visit Illinois International's scholarship page.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. Short-term program awards range from $1,000-$1,500. You can find more information on Illinois International's website.

Spring Break

Brazil: Understanding Economics & Business in Brazil with economics professor Joseph Petry
Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil
March 16-25, 2018
ECON 199
3 credits

Spend Spring Break in Brazil! Join Professor Joe Petry for an immersive course on economics and business enterprises in Brazil. Brazil has seen enormous economic growth over the last 20 years and presents a useful case study in economic development, entrepreneurship, and economic policy reforms. Throughout the course, students will investigate the relevance of institutions, political stability, and social norms in the functioning of markets, and success of individual business and industries. In Brazil, students will spend time in both Rio de Janiero and São Paulo, the country's economic capital and educational center, where they will meet Brazilian students, professors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

Visit the application page for more information.

Costa Rica: Environmental & Sustainable Field Expedition with earth, society, & the environment lecturer Rob Kanter
A lizard in a tree
March 16-25, 2018
ESE 389

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Winter Break

The deadline to apply for Winter Break programs has passed.

Have questions? Please contact the faculty member leading the trip you're interested in. Or, email Elly Hanauer in LAS International Programs.

Argentina: Human Rights, Political Culture and Politics with political science professor Gisela Sin
Argentina Architecture
Dates abroad: Dec. 27, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last seven weeks of the fall semester and one meeting after the trip during the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,794 to $3,948 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, hotels and some meals in Argentina, orientation, and program excursions)

This course examines the social, economic, and political issues within modern Argentine society. Through interdisciplinary lenses, students will explore the history of Argentina's populist regimes, military authoritarian regimes, and transition to democracy. We will build a framework to better understand present problems and trends, such as the transition to democracy, the re-emergence of populism, economic instability, and poverty. The seminar combines lectures and discussions, cultural immersion, and on-the-ground interaction with scholars, activists, and politicians in two distinct regions in Argentina: Las Pampas, including Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas and Mesopotamia, the northeast section of Argentina. More specifically, the course involves discussion seminars, meetings with Argentinean scholars, and field trips in and around: Buenos Aires, Alvear (a small town in the Province of Corrientes), Posadas (the capital of the Province of Misiones), San Ignacio (site of Jesuit ruins), and Iguazu (Iguazu Falls). Students also volunteer at "Hogar de Dia" in Posadas, and interact directly with government officials, activists, scholars, and professionals.

Bahamas: Sustainability with integrative biology professor Brian Allan
Dates abroad: Jan. 2-14, 2018
GLBL 298
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last eight weeks of the fall semester.

Estimated program fees: $2,415 to $2,339 (includes local transportation, dormitory housing, all meals, orientation, and program excursions)

The sustainable management of ecosystems is essential for the preservation of biological, historical, and social capital. Challenges to these interactions between humans and their environment include loss of biological diversity and changes in economy and culture because of globalization. The island of Eleuthera, Bahamas, is a model ecosystem in which such challenges may occur, because of growing human needs for limited resources and global cultural shifts. Through this Global Studies 298 seminar, students will become acquainted with a host of issues associated with sustainability in the Bahamas. They include the ecology of and threats to marine ecosystems, limitations to natural resources in island systems and the technologies that may facilitate economic development under such conditions, and the history of the slave trade and the migration of free Africans to the Bahamas. Through their final projects, students will explore a particular component of sustainability in this ecosystem in greater depth in order to achieve a degree of expertise in a social/environmental challenge of personal interest. These projects will be conducted during the final stages of the visit to Eleuthera.

Costa Rica: Primate Behavior, Ecology, Ecosystem Sustainability, & Conservation with anthropology professor Paul Garber
Two monkeys in the rainforest
Dates abroad: Dec. 27, 2017 to Jan. 14, 2018
ANTH 455
3 or 4 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last eight weeks of the fall semester.

Estimated program fees: $2,415 to $2,339 (includes local transportation, dormitory housing, all meals, orientation, and program excursions)

This course is directed toward students interested in biological anthropology, primatology, tropical ecology,rainforest conservation, environmental sustainability, and field biology. Each day, the professor will work intensively with you, presenting lectures and providing background information to help you develop a conceptual framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of tropical forest ecosystems. Lectures, training in field techniques (including use of global positioning systems, behavioral data collection, and ecological data collection), on-site examples of plant and animal interactions, and observations of primate behavior are designed to help you develop individual research projects. You will be required to write a research proposal to conduct a field project, collect field data to test a set of hypotheses on primate behavior and ecology, and write a final report. In addition, you will learn about the culture, food, and history of Costa Rica, as well as have opportunities to meet and interact with local people who live in the communities adjacent to the field site.

Jordan: Immigration and Integration with linguistics professor Eman Saadah
Camels in front of a temple
Dates abroad: Dec. 30, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018
GLBL 298
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Second eight weeks of the fall semester from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays in G18 Foreign Languages Building

Estimated program fees: $3,137 to $3,527 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, hotel housing, two meals each day in Jordan, orientation, and program excursions)

This seminar will give you a strong understanding of global issues of immigration and integration through the case study of a particular region. You will investigate the social and political landscape of the Middle East, focusing on Jordan. This course draws from interdisciplinary materials and would be of particular interest to those pursuing majors in political science, anthropology, history, architecture, and archeology. Students will visit Roman ruins, Petra, the Dead Sea, refugee camps, universities, and Parliament.

Peru: Heritage, Tourism, and Economic Development in the land of the Incas with anthropology professor Helaine Silverman
Peruvian parade
Dates abroad: Jan. 1-12, 2018
GLBL 298
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory three-hour pre-departure session in the fall and six weekly class meetings at the beginning of spring semester

Estimated program fees: $4,343 to $4,483 (includes international round-trip airfare, airfare in Peru, local transportation, housing, some meals in Peru, orientation, and program excursions)

Join professor Helaine Silverman on this thrilling exploration of the heartland of the ancient Inca Empire. See its heritage expressed by the descendants of that great Andean society. Visit spectacular Inca ruins, including the renowned lost city of Machu Picchu. Travel on one of the most scenic train rides in the world. See the beautiful colonial churches built by the Spanish conquerors in Cuzco, the former Inca capital and today the epicenter of global tourism. Learn about the politics and policies of tourism and heritage management that promote economic development in this stunning highland region. Sample the delicious cuisine of Peru, which has achieved global acclaim. Stay in unique hotels. Participate in many interactions with local people. Finish the trip with two fascinating days in Peru's capital city, Lima, where we continue our time-travel through the heritage and economic development of the pre-Columbian colonial and modern city. Enjoy a special tour of the UNESCO designated historic center of Lima and a full day at a restored hacienda.