Study Abroad Opportunities
It's true -- no matter when you're reading this, there are HDFS students studying and earning college credit overseas! Whether it's for a fall or spring semester, a summer, or a shorter period between semesters, HDFS students are experiencing other cultures, other places, and other people via study abroad. And when they return home, they discover they've not only made new friends and gained a new appreciation for world issues -- they've also gained international experience that's highly valued by prospective employers and grad schools.
HDFS students have a vast array of study abroad opportunities to choose from. First-year students can register for ACES 298, a two-week post-semester study tour to one or more countries in the Caribbean Basin. Others can join any of a growing number of study tours sponsored by UIUC departments, including tours to Brazil and South Africa designed especially for HDFS students. And a significant number participate in a more traditional semester-long program under the auspices of the ACES or UIUC Study Abroad office. Students usually complete these longer programs during their junior years, and many find the cost (apart from travel, which can be partially offset with ACES scholarship funds) not significantly greater than that for a semester on campus. What's more, HDFS students generally can take advantage of any of these programs without delaying their expected graduation date.
Staff in the ACES Study Abroad office and in the University's Study Abroad Office help students define their academic interests and narrow their choices among more than 100 overseas study programs. To find out what's available and what to expect in study abroad opportunities, follow the links below.