Why Study Abroad?

The Gies College of Business is committed to preparing students to work and compete in an international business environment. By participating in a study abroad program, you can give yourself a competitive edge in the job market. Employers now seek out individuals who have had international experience. Developing an understanding of the world beyond the boundaries of the United States is an advantage to anyone in a business career.

Gain International Experience

Develop a worldly perspective through invaluable experiences abroad through various opportunities

Enhance Your Resume

Differentiate yourself by having global experience and competency

Build a Global Network

Connect with new people all over the world and expand your network tremendously

Study Abroad Myths:

Studying abroad is costly.

Reality: Illinois offers more than 300 study abroad programs that range in cost. In fact, 43% of IAGE-administered, semester programs are equal to or less than the cost of attendance at Illinois. Additionally, there are a variety of ways to financially support your study abroad experience, including grants, scholarships, financial aid, and loans. Planning ahead is key!

You have to speak a second language to study abroad.

Reality: While some programs have a language requirement, most programs offer instruction in English. To find programs taught in a specific language, specify a “Language of Instruction” when searching for programs.

Studying abroad will delay graduation.

Reality: Many students study abroad and graduate in four years. Consult with your academic advisor to craft your academic schedule that includes studying abroad.