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UConn Programs are those signature options that Education Abroad, UConn, and our partners abroad facilitate directly. On these programs, you can take classes and live with other UConn students who participate.
UConn Program costs vary, and all of them charge Program Fees, not tuition.
A subset of UConn Programs, faculty-led programs are typically short-term study tours over breaks, winter, or summer in which you learn and travel with a UConn instructor and students. Not all UConn Programs are faculty-led.
In our online database, you may view a list of UConn Programs.
Exchange Programs allow UConn to swap students on a regular basis with a university abroad through an official agreement. Through an established Exchange Program, you pay your normal tuition at UConn and enroll directly in classes, share housing with local students, and may become a regular member of the host university community. You may pay room (and if applicable, board) fees directly to the host university or live off-campus. The international programs office of the host university will be available to you for most of the student support services you may need. Because there are limited spots for each Exchange, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for application and selection is competitive.
In our online database, you may view a list of Exchange Programs.
Through partner affiliation agreements, you may enroll directly in classes at a university abroad. That institution’s international programs office may be available for support services. You do not pay UConn tuition for these programs, but instead pay host university tuition or program fees and, if applicable, room and board fees directly to that institution
In our online database, you may view a list of Affiliated Programs.
Other institutions and education abroad organizations offer opportunities in countries all over the world for as little as two weeks or as long as an academic year. Generally, these Third Party Programs assist with logistical arrangements (like local excursions or visas) as well as with the classes and academic components of the experience.
Please note that Third Party Programs, by definition, are non-UConn programs. As a result, UConn recommends that you consider programs that the university runs directly, has approved, or with which UConn is affiliated (UConn, Exchange, or Affiliated). In addition, UConn cannot guarantee that academic credits that you earn on these programs may transfer back to your UConn transcript. UConn’s ability to support you on such programs is limited, particularly in comparison to our approved programs.
In our online database, you may view a list of Third Party Programs in which past UConn students have participated.
Honors students can deepen their academic experience even further through education abroad programs. Many students can arrange for Honors credit for courses they take abroad.
If you have academic merit scholarships, note that you may not use them on UConn Programs, as they are not based on UConn tuition. Instead, Education Abroad and the Honors Program recommend that you consider an Exchange Program, on which you may use such scholarships. You can view more information on the Honors Program website.
In our online database, you may view a list of Honors Programs. These programs allow you to earn Honors credit automatically, as long as you complete the designated Honors course(s) with a B- or better.
Gain professional experience while abroad! Many students express that they acquired their foreign language skills, deeper connections with locals, and the most transformative experiences while interning abroad. UConn offers some internship programs bundled with study abroad options that allow you to earn credit. You’re also welcome to explore other opportunities through the Center for Career Development.
In our online database, you may view a list of Internship Programs. These programs include coursework that allow you to earn credit for your internship.
Lead while abroad. Develop your citizenship skills through ethical service to the communities that help you learn more about yourself and the world.
In our online database, you may view a list of Service Learning Programs.
You may petition to attend a university or enroll in a program with which UConn does not have an established relationship. Before you consider a Petition Program, we strongly encourage you to consider our approved programs first. We do not recommend that you pursue this process lightly, as petitions require a significant investment of time and high level of responsibility on your part.
Please note that Petition Programs, by definition, are non-UConn programs. As a result, UConn recommends that you consider programs that the university runs directly, has approved, or with which UConn is affiliated (UConn, Exchange, or Direct Enroll). In addition, UConn cannot guarantee that academic credits that you earn on these programs may transfer back to your UConn transcript. UConn’s ability to support you on such programs is limited, particularly in comparison to our approved programs. Education Abroad must approve your petition to support your participation in the program and reserves the right to deny your request.
To be eligible for a Petition Program, you and your program must satisfy the following criteria, without exception:
- Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
- The program must be credit-bearing. If the program is not credit-bearing, you should apply to UConn via our Travel Registration process.
- You must apply no later than the Exchange Program deadline for a given term. We will not make any exceptions to this rule.
- You must initiate the petition at least one year in advance (i.e., in Spring 2018 for Spring 2019, not in Fall 2018 for Spring 2019).
- The program start date and end date cannot overlap with official UConn academic calendar dates for a given term.
To petition, please make an advising appointment. You must meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to initiate and complete the petition process.