Honors students are encouraged to apply for exchanges abroad or to other American universities.
More than 20 honors students study abroad each year.
Students have, for example, participated in semester or yearlong international exchange programs during recent academic years to study in Australia, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Scotland, Spain and Sweden.
Many of these students also benefit from the continuation of their University of Idaho and/or Honors Program scholarships to help offset the travel and study expenses. Study abroad specific scholarships are also available (see the International Programs Office).
Students who participate in a one or two-semester study abroad experience may receive an Honors Core Award or Honors Certificate at a reduced credit requirement. For more information, see the study abroad course contract.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult the program director before leaving campus (preferably one year in advance) to work out course contract options or appropriate credit substitutions, as applicable.
Occasionally, honors study abroad courses are offered. These courses typically last 2-6 weeks and take place during the summer months. Students get the chance to travel abroad and earn honors course credits while doing so.
In summer 2015, honors students were given the opportunity to travel to Ecuador. During this trip, students explored the Ecuador and Andean culture both in the classroom and in the field, going to Quito, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. In Quito, students lived with a host family and took classes at the local university, studying the history, politics, economics, art, language, music, dance and archaeology of the country. In the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, students learned through experiencing and exploring. The trip lasted 26 days and at the conclusion students were awarded three HON-designated credits in FLEN 404.