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  • River in Mostar,  Bosnia
  • City of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • A fountain in a town of Monte Carlo, France
  • City on the beach in Monte Carlo, France
  • Bridge in London, England
  • Ferris wheel by the river in London, England
  • Clock tower in London, England
  • Mountain view in Pai, Thailand
  • Field with sheep in foreground and river and mountains in background
  • Group picture of exchange students
  • The Shwedagon Pagoda located in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • The city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Flower field in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Field with castle on a mountain in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • City of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia.
  • Stairs in the City of Dubrovnik.
  •  The Adriatic Sea, from the City of Dubrovnik.
  • High view of the City of Dubrovnik with the Adriatic Sea in the background.
  • Castle in the City of Dubrovnik on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Field with temple in the distance and six hot air balloons in the sky. In the city of Bagan in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar.

The reasons for studying abroad are many:

• explore and appreciate new cultures

• learn or perfect a second language

• take courses not offered at ETSU

• learn from different professors

• explore new areas of study

• travel

• broaden personal and educational perspectives

• personal growth

• etc.

Studying abroad is a fulfilling and life changing experience that is a good addition to any degree.

There are many different opportunities to study abroad through ETSU. Below, you can get a brief snapshot of each type of program and begin to decide which one is right for you.

Bilateral Exchange

Studying abroad under bilateral exchange programs is designed to provide you the opportunity to attend a college or university in another country without having to pay for the high cost of tuition for an overseas institution. You will pay tuition and fees at ETSU; room and board are the financial responsibility of the student and should be paid to the host institution.

ETSU has bilateral exchange programs in several countries including:

• China

• England

• France

• Germany

• Ireland

• Japan

• The Netherlands

• Norway

• Russia

• Scotland

• South Korea 


ISEP is a membership organization of more than 230 higher education institutions around the world, including ETSU, that is committed to the international exchange of students.

ISEP participants pay all program costs (tuition, fees, room and board at ETSU).



ETSU is affiliated with the following Study Abroad Program Providers:

Academic Programs International (API): API is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad summer and semester programs

Arcadia: is a provider that has been sending students abroad for over 60 years. there are over 100 different programs available in 13 countries.

CIS Abroad: Offers a wide variety of affordable summer and semester opportunities. 70% of all students that participate in a CIS Abroad program receive a scholarship or a grant.

EuroScholars: is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to do research abroad.

International Studies Abroad (ISA):provides high quality education abroad opportunities to American and Canadian college students at an affordable price.

Panrimo: offers customized programs giving student choices in both services and price.

Studio Arts College International (SACI): Studio Art Centers International Florence offers a wide range of art and design studio classes in Florence, Italy.

SAI: provides "academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility." They concentrate their programs in Europe. They also offer additional scholarships for Pell Grant recipients.

Academic Study Abroad (ASA): smaller programs allow for more personalized attention and service. It also helps establish deeper connections and allows for an easier integration to the local culture.


Faculty Led

There are several faculty members who offer classes abroad during the summer time. If you decide to participate in a faculty-led program, you will be traveling with ETSU faculty and students.



TnCIS (Tennessee Consortium For International Studies) represents nineteen colleges and universities devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee. Students that participate in a TnCIS summer program will be taught by a professor from a Tennessee institution and take classes with other Tennessee students.

Bilateral Exchange Programs - participants pay tuition and fees at ETSU, room and board at host institution.

ISEP - participants pay tuition, fees, room, and board at ETSU.

Direct enrollment - participants pay tuition (including out of state), fees and room and board directly to host institution.


  Cost Fall Spring Summer Year
ISEP Tuition, Room & Board to ETSU X X X X
BILATERAL Tuition to ETSU, Room & Board to host institution X X X X
DIRECT Tuition, Room & Board to host institution X X X X
FACULTY-LED Program cost to ETSU     X  
TNCIS Program cost to TNCIS     X  

Start Planning one-year in advance, two, if study involves a foreign language

Start the application process at least six months before the term at the host institution begins. Remember to consider different schedules institutions may have that could affect your semester of return to ETSU.

Pay close attention to overseas institutions with which ETSU has agreements. By attending one of our exchange schools, you will pay tuition and fees at ETSU (with ISEP, you will pay room and board, in addition) and may save the high cost of tuition and administrative fees charged to non-exchange students.

Consult with your academic advisor about the feasibility of having study abroad as part of your ETSU program of study.

With careful planning, you may be able to study abroad and graduate within the time frame you and your family planned at the beginning of college.


If you are receiving financial aid and plan to use it for study abroad, you must meet with a Financial Aid counselor at least six months in advance.

Do you need their financial support or can you do it on your own?

Please contact Amy Collins at for more information.


Call ETSU International Programs and Services Office to schedule an advising appointment: 423-439-7737

The Study Abroad Coordinator's Office is now located in the Multicultural Center in the D.P. Culp University Center

You can also email the Study Abroad Coordinator, Hopelyn Mooney, at 


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