Each student in the Program in International Studies must complete an “abroad experience.” Most students spend this time at a host institution elsewhere studying regional topics not generally offered at the University of Idaho. Some opt for other opportunities.
For example, one student spent a semester working at an Ecuadorian orphanage, while another fulfilled an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Each student's program, whether it be studying or something else, must be approved by that student's IS advisor.
Because the abroad experience is anticipated to provide important, in-depth cultural insight, not every program is deemed acceptable towards the IS major. For example, a study abroad term that comprised taking classes in English from American professors, and living with other American college students would not provide the immersion we expect for our students. Likewise, simply traveling for an extended period is not enough, because experiencing a work and/or school environment provides a different dynamic.
Therefore, the IS advisors work closely with IS students to select a program that addresses the student's regional and issue emphases. Special advising sessions are held prior to the selection of a program.
In an effort to help defray the costs associated with studying abroad, the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies offers multiple study abroad scholarships each year. All IS majors who have taken Econ 201 and 202, PoliSci 237, and Geog 200 are eligible, and applications are accepted each spring for the following year.
International Experience Grants are offered through the ASUI each year. Recipients receive $500 - $750 each.
For more information on specific programs, visit the U of I Study Abroad office website.