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Encouraging Students to Go Abroad

Undergraduate Students

CU Boulder Education Abroad offers hundreds of programs in nearly 70 countries. Programs exist for all majors, and provide formats and opportunities that are as diverse as the student body that we serve. Education abroad programs come in various forms including, but not limited to, study abroad programs, student exchanges, short-term faculty-led programs, internships, research, and service-learning opportunities.

We encourage your support of these programs and your students' participation on them. Many students say that they did not think about going abroad until a faculty member mentioned it.

We are particularly interested in working with departments, schools, and colleges who would like to help us integrate the course work abroad with their degree programs here. If you are interested in working with us to set up pre-approvals that will apply to all students in a particular major, please contact Cindy Kraft (cindy.kraftATcolorado.edu; 303-492-7741), who manages curricular integration efforts.

Proposing new programs

If you plan to propose a new program, you are strongly urged to consult with OIE staff as early as possible. It takes time to develop a program that is academically and logistically sound. It is best to start planning at least a year before the program is to begin. All new programs must be approved by the Study Abroad Committee (our academic oversight committee). 

 

Graduate Students

Fulbright Opportunities

Financial support for graduate work abroad is available from a number of sources. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is one source of support for graduate study or research abroad and CU Boulder fares well in these annual competitions. Current CU Boulder students who wish to apply for a Fulbright should contact Deborah Viles (topscholarships@colorado.edu) at the Top Scholarship Office. 

Other Opportunities

The Office of International Education also has resource books and announcements of other fellowships and grants for graduate research in other countries. If you wish to promote international study, you are welcome to discuss possible opportunities for your students with the OIE staff at any time.

In pursuing opportunities abroad for graduate students, there are certain restrictions or limitations to keep in mind. Linguistic ability is probably the most important single element to consider regarding foreign study for graduate students. International fellowships and grants inevitably require the recipient to have an adequate command of the host country language. If a department hopes to establish a continuing exchange of graduate students with a country where the native language is not English, the department might want to consider a rigorous international language requirement for its own program.

We also need to keep in mind the limitations on the number of credit hours from another institution that can be counted toward a graduate degree at CU Boulder. Most graduates who go abroad for academic work have already completed necessary course work and wish to go abroad to do thesis or dissertation research.

If you're interested in establishing a formal graduate student exchange with an overseas institution, please see our section on How to Establish a New Affiliation or Exchange. These need departmental and college approval as well as Graduate School approval. One must realistically assess the departmental interest in a single country or institution if one wants to make an exchange continue over time.