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Overview

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. 

Below is have an overview video that should inspire you!

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: 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 2: Explore Options

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



Create your Education Abroad profile and take a brief program match quiz to see what program best match your interests! 

Sign up to receive our E – Newsletter! Receive targeted program information and resources based on the type of experience(s) you are interested in. 

Watch the Understanding Program Types video to learn more about the different experiences you can participate in. 



Watch Why Consider Affiliate Provider & Exchange Programs video for a deep dive into the many benefits of participating in these program types.  

 



Step 3: Fund Your Experience

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



Step 4: Apply

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

 


Step 5: Prepare

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

 


Step 6: Participate

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


 


Step 7: 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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Exchange

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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Virtual

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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Faculty-led

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