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Study Abroad

Understanding Program Types

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville offers four main types of opportunities for students interested in education abroad:

Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs
Exchange Programs
Direct Placement Programs
Affiliate Study Abroad Programs

Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs

In addition to semester long study abroad programs at a foreign institution, SIUE students have the opportunity to gain international experience through a variety of short-term programs led by SIUE faculty. These programs involve SIUE courses taught by SIUE faculty, but away from the SIUE campus, in a foreign location which complements or is the focus of the course topic.The nature of faculty-led short-term programs varies widely depending on the discipline and destination. Faculty-led programs also vary in duration, generally lasting from 1-6 weeks, with most programs offered in summer term. The list of faculty-led programs to be offered in a particular year are usually not fully approved until fall of the preceding year. See SIUE Faculty-Led Programs for more information.

Exchange Programs

Exchange Programs are based on agreements that SIUE maintains with academic partner institutions in other countries. SIUE students nominated to participate in an exchange program will go abroad to enroll at a partner university while students from that university will come to study at SIUE, making this option one of the most affordable ways to study abroad. Exchange students will be enrolled as regular students at the partner university but will pay their standard level of tuition to SIUE. Most exchange programs are for a semester or an academic year, but there are some summer exchanges as well. Students interested in participating in an exchange program administered and managed by the School of Business must apply through the School of Business. Students interested in a participating in an exchange program administered and managed by the Office of International programs apply through the Office of International Programs. In Advanced Program Search select "Exchange" to view all the current exchange programs.

Direct Placement Programs

SIUE has a direct relationship with select partner institutions abroad. Students pay tuition and housing costs directly to the partner institution. In the Program Search, select the "Advanced Search" tab, then select "Direct Placement" to view current direct placement programs. In addition, SIUE bills the student's bursar account for a $75 Study Abroad Opportunities Fee for the semester the student is abroad; students are not assessed SIUE tuition and regular student fees for the semester abroad. Some partner institutions offer scholarships or other discounts to SIUE students. SIUE students must work through the SIUE Office of Study Abroad to obtain approval to study in these programs and earn SIUE credit.The Direct Placement programs currently include:

  • Salzburg College in Austria
  • Swansea University in Wales
  • John Cabot University in Italy
  • Heidelberg University in Germany

Affiliate Study Abroad Programs

SIUE affiliate programs (CEA, AIFS and GlobaLinks) have been chosen for their commitment to academic quality, opportunities for cultural integration,and reputation for their close attention to student health and safety abroad. SIUE students can earn SIUE credit through selected AIFS, CEA, and Globalinks programs. Only the programs found in the Program Search are approved by SIUE. In Advanced Program Search select "Affiliated Program" to view all the current affiliate programs. Students pay all costs directly to the affiliate programs. These costs typically include tuition at the host school, accommodation, on-site staff, in-country orientation programs, airport pick-up insurance, overnight excursions and local field trips as part of a comprehensive program package. In some cases some or all meals will be included in the program fee.

In addition, SIUE bills the student's bursar account a $75 Study Abroad Opportunities Fee for the semester the student is abroad. Additional expenses to consider include airfare to the study abroad destination, some or all meals, incidentals and spending money, and independent travel on weekends or break periods. SIUE students must work through the SIUE Office of Study Abroad to obtain approval to earn SIUE credit through SIUE Affiliated Programs. The majority of SIUE students who study abroad participate in an SIUE affiliate program.