Program Options

There are three primary types of study abroad programs: faculty-led programs, sister schools and provider programs. Other options include independent study, Civitas 395 and internship or volunteer service.

How do you know which type of program will be best for you?

Faculty-Led Programs

These programs are designed specifically for AU students by AU faculty and take place all over the world. These programs are offered during January, spring break and summer terms.

In a faculty-led program, you will study, live, and travel with other AU students—and you have the advantage of learning from a AU faculty member who specializes in the program’s subject of study.

Sister School Programs

These programs are based on agreements between AU and foreign institutions. They are immersive experiences in which AU students take courses directly from the partner institution, get acquainted with the local culture, and where weekends and holidays are free to explore. Programs are typically a semester or year in duration. Summer programs are also available in some locations.

As with most study abroad programs, educational systems and levels of student services can vary and may be different from what you are used to at AU. Students are encouraged to be independent and willing to seek out assistance at their host institution. While knowledge of the host language is useful, it is usually not required because most exchange courses are taught in English.

Program Providers

These programs are provided by third-party organizations that work closely with AU and with universities abroad. Programs vary in duration; most often they are a summer, a semester, or a year in length. These programs include internship and volunteer options.

Most provider programs have a predetermined number of openings and offer admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early may increase the likelihood that you can get your preferred housing and course options.