Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world, offering invaluable opportunities to grow by gaining new perspectives about the world you live in all while improving advancing your skills, independence, and self-confidence. The international experience you gain also goes a long way toward setting you apart from other job seekers when you graduate. The benefits of an education abroad experience are limitless.
Use the navigation on the left to explore your study abroad options.
Consider the Type of Program
As you consider studying abroad first consider if you would like to go for a semester, year, or summer. Browse the list of programs available.
A semester or year program offers the opportunity for a more immersive experience than you may get on a short term program. There are both group semester programs and independent semester programs students can choose from.
Most short-term, summer programs are
Baylor in... programs. These are faculty-led trips that often offer discipline-specific focuses. You will travel with a group of Baylor students and take courses taught by the Baylor faculty member.
Consider Your Academic Schedule
Go ahead and start thinking about which courses you need to graduate and which ones you can take while abroad. Work with your acadmic advisor to come up with a list of courses you can take abroad to stay on track. Then bring that list to your study abroad advisor to help determine which programs make the most sense for you!
Attend an Info Session
If you are interested in doing a semester or year program, are unsure about which option to choose, or would just like more information about studying abroad, attend an info session. Info sessions occur every Monday and Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Hamkamer Academic Building, Room 260.
These information sessions are run by our peer advisors who have been abroad multiple times on our programs. They talk about the different options, costs, and course requirements for the programs as well as where to go. They are the ideal place to get started and ask questions. They are also one of the mandatory steps for students who desire to study abroad for a full semester or year, so we generally advise students to begin there.
Contact a Study Abroad Advisor or Program Director
After attending an info session, you can set up a meeting with a study abroad advisor to talk more specifically about options, information, and courses. If you are interested in a summer study abroad program, contact the specific program director to get more information. Their contact information can be found on the individual program pages.
Tips for Preparing for Your Study Abroad Experience
The valuable life skills you acquire from studying abroad are put into practice long before you arrive in your host country. They are called upon as soon as you begin investigating your study abroad options. The Baylor Study Abroad office is available to guide you along the process of selecting and applying for your program, and the process of preparing for departure. However, we rely on you to do your part by being mindful of the following expectations we have of you:
- Carefully read and save ALL the emails and materials we and our partners provide you. In most cases, the answers can easily be found in a past email correspondence, a program brochure, or on our web site. Consider creating a special study abroad folder in your email account to file away important emails that you may need to retrieve later.
- Although we can suggest resources and highlight certain programs, the decision is ultimately yours to make. Oftentimes this will require a significant amount of research on your part, and multiple meetings with your academic adviser and program director to identify the best learning abroad program match for you.
- Work directly with our office whenever possible, and resist recruiting or allowing your parents to take care of matters for you. After all, you are the one who is studying abroad, not your parents! You can navigate the Baylor systems better than they can, and in many cases we are not at liberty to share information with them about your situation out of respect for federal privacy restrictions.
- Practice pro-active information-seeking. Voice your concerns to program directors well in advance, instead of waiting for us to anticipate all your individual needs and questions. If after having reviewed your program materials and emails, and you still can't find the answers to your questions, don't hesitate to ask.
- While a student conduct record or current probation might not automatically disqualify you from studying abroad, we do refer to several offices across campus to create a full application file for each applicant. Please be mindful that it is up to the program director of each study abroad program to review all applicable information. Please contact your potential program director should you have questions about your individual case.
All these pre-departure responsibilities are designed to help you exercise the independent problem-solving skills that you will need to rely heavily upon once you are overseas, as well as to cope with challenges of the real world long after you graduate.
Sometimes your questions won't be answered directly, but instead you'll be referred to a web site or email. Consider this good practice in using resources available to you to find answers, handling ambiguous situations and deciphering indirect communication, all of which you'll likely encounter abroad. You'll be proud of what you can accomplish on your own when you are there, and will surprise yourself with the numerous opportunities for personal, professional and academic growth during your study abroad experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who participate in a study abroad not taught by Baylor faculty or in an exchange program their final semester at Baylor should not expect to graduate at the end of that term because differences in academic calendars between Baylor and foreign universities make it very unlikely that official transcripts with final grades will reach Baylor in time for graduation certification. For more detailed information, the student should contact the appropriate degree plans office.