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Education abroad encompasses a variety of experiences – study, internship, volunteer, research, and service learning programs and are available for all students – freshman through doctoral candidates. Programs can be as short as one week or as long as a full year. Students may choose to be part of a group or to pursue an individual program.

We strongly believe an education abroad experience will broaden students’ intellectual and personal horizons, help them navigate in different environments, practice or perfect a language, and build a resume to help broaden career options. 

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Steps to Go Abroad

Let's make it happen! Explore these resources aimed at helping you get ready for and pursue a study, intern, volunteer, or research program abroad. We have created a dedicated page with the steps you'll need to take to make your dream a reality.

Step 1: Create Your Profile

Log in to the Education Abroad Portal using your NETID credentials to get started.

If it’s your first time, you’ll be asked several questions to help us get to know you better. Once logged in, we encourage you to:
  1. Complete your first log-in intake
  2. Take the Program Match Quiz

These features will assist us in advising you and help you to narrow down education abroad programs and help you find the perfect one. 


Step 2: Get Advised

Talk with an academic advisor about going abroad and your academic progress.


Let your academic advisor(s) know you are interested in an international experience, even if you are not sure what term you want to go. While your academic advisor will not be able to tell you what program to go on, they know your degree plan and what courses you have available. We recommend discussing:
  • What courses are currently available on your degree plan.
  • If there are any classes you CANNOT take abroad or any other restrictions you should know. 
  • The possibility of “saving” classes, like electives, to take later in your academic career on a program. 
  • How an internship would fit into your degree plan. 
Having this information will help you as you start researching programs. 


Step 3: Explore Options

Start to research your abroad options and then narrow down to a top 3 or 5.


Once you’ve created your profile and taken The Program Match Quiz, searching for programs is a breeze. Your top matches will appear first and discover more using intuitive search features and filters. Find a program you like? You can favorite the program to easily find later. 

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Want to know more about the various program types found throughout your search? Watch the videos below. 


Understanding Program Types

Why Consider Affiliate Provider & Exchange Programs

You can also talk with other Aggies who have gone through this experience. They can help guide you through the process. Find a time to come speak with an Education Abroad Ambassador. 

Step 4: Fund Your Experience

Watch the Funding your Education Abroad Program video for a general overview of funding ideas.  

Step 5: Apply

Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to help finalize plans and start the application process. 


Step 6: Prepare

Pay any fees, attend orientations, and complete other pre-departure tasks.


Step 7: Participate

Engage with the program and explore the host country, taking in the history and culture.


Step 8: Return

Check out the Education Abroad Resource Guide for Returnees for tips on readjusting to returning from abroad, how to incorporate your experience on your resume and cover letter, and how to pursue international experience post-graduation.

Understanding Program Types

What are your options when it comes to participating in an Education Abroad experience?

Well, they are pretty limitless! Across the various program types, you can choose from programs that allow you to study for TAMU, transfer, or no credit, intern, volunteer, or research with program lengths ranging from 1-2 weeks, 1-2 months, a semester, or even a full academic year.

Take a minute to review our Program Comparison Chart which highlights key differences between our credit-bearing program types.

But Education Abroad offers a lot more program type options. You can check them all out below. Be sure to visit each page to learn more information about the program and their application processes.

Current Program Types Available at Texas A&M University

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Affiliate Provider (Authorized Program)

Partner organizations that offer global opportunities at a variety of institutions across the world. Aggies can study, intern, or volunteer with other U.S. students.

Learn More About Affiliate Provider Programs

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Programs that involve the reciprocal exchange of students between Texas A&M and partner institutions abroad.


Learn More About Exchange Programs

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National Student Exchange (NSE)

Provides study away to students at member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn More About National Student Exchange

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Independent Experiences

You may consider looking at outside programs if you are not finding the right opportunity for you through one of our other options or need to conduct  research for a degree requirement.

Learn More About Independent Experiences

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Many providers offer virtual experiences. These opportunities allow you to pursue study, intern, volunteer, and research programs in an international setting from your home.

Learn More About Virtual Programs

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Student Group

Non-credit bearing experiences organized by Texas A&M student organizations that travel abroad for one to two weeks primarily for volunteer opportunities.


Learn More About Student Group Travel

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Programs with Texas A&M credit courses that are led and taught by Texas A&M faculty. Students travel abroad with a group of fellow Aggies.


Learn More About Faculty-led Programs

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Field Trip

Programs led by an A&M faculty or staff member as a short international component of their on-campus course. Some non-credit bearing trips may serve as a capstone or research project.

Learn More About Field Trips

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Unit-led Trip

International programs coordinated by a non-academic unit for cultural enrichment, internship, research, or volunteer/service learning. Trips may be for credit or non-credit bearing. 

Learn More About Unit-led Trips