Applying for your SPEA Abroad experience is easy. Just follow our guidelines below to make sure you don't miss any important steps.
Applying for your overseas experience
- Step 1: Choose the type of overseas experience that is right for you
SPEA offers more than 25+ overseas programs, ranging from a one credit course over spring break to earning an entire dual degree from one of SPEA's international partner universities. It is important to think about what you are looking for in a study abroad experience before you decide.
If you want to study alongside other IU students, while learning from IU faculty and international experts, in a program that is less than six weeks in length you should participate in a spring break abroad program or one of our summer abroad programs.
- Step 2: Review program eligibility requirements
It is important to review the eligibility requirements for each program before you apply. These requirements can be found on each program page under the "Who may apply" tab.
In general, most of our faculty-led summer abroad programs are open to students from all Indiana University campuses.
- Step 3: Learn how your overseas credits will work with your degree plan
While all SPEA Abroad programs have been designed with SPEA students in mind, not every program is designed to fit into every SPEA major.
If you are a SPEA undergraduate student, our summer programs have been pre-reviewed by the undergraduate advising office for acceptance as SPEA major credits. Visit the summer abroad page to view programs by major.
If you are not a SPEA student, or you are a SPEA student wanting to participate in a program not pre-approved for your SPEA major, your SPEA abroad experience will count as general university electives. There are also opportunities to earn credit for IU's general education World Cultures and Languages requirement.
All graduate students are encouraged to talk with your faculty advisor to find out how your overseas program will transfer into your degree program.
- Step 4: Complete your program-specific application
You will find the application specific to the program you are interested in on each program page.
Semester Exchanges require a paper application, which must be completed and returned to the SPEA International Office in SPEA 201.
Graduate students wishing to apply for one of our Dual Degree programs must apply for the master's program at each university. For more information on the application process, visit the SPEA Master's Program Office in A300 in the O'Neill Center.
- Step 5: Return required paperwork to the SPEA International Office
Once you have submitted your SPEA Abroad application, we will notify you of any additional documents you must complete and return to our office. We will not render a decision on your application until all required paperwork has been turned in. Make sure to pay attention to all deadlines for submission of the required documents.
Upon acceptance to a SPEA Abroad program, you must sign an acceptance letter allowing a non-refundable pre-payment to be placed on your Bursar account. Failure to return the signed agreement by the final deadline will result in a loss of your spot on the program.