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Researching study abroad options as early as possible will allow you to choose a program that best fits your academic and personal goals, and allows you time to complete application prerequisites. With careful planning, all students can study abroad up to and including their last term at ETSU, even the summer after walking in a graduation ceremony!
Define Goals and Objectives
- Academics - Stay on track for graduation by using study abroad courses to satisfy major, minor, and general education requirements. Your goal is to determine how many, and what type of, classes you need before you begin your program search.
- Personal - From the length of participation to the level of engagement with the locals, personal goals are unique to every individual. Think of a place you have always wanted to visit and tie that into your educational goals.
- Career - There are many career benefits of studying abroad. While researching programs, you can consider what skills you would like to obtain or improve upon - whether that is learning or language or interning abroad.
- Eligibility - Review the minimum eligibility for each program as you explore, including minimum GPA, class standing, language and/or course prerequisites, and eligibility for a student visa in the host country. Some eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application (typically GPA), while others can be met by the time of participation (typically class standing and language/course prerequisites).
Summer and Winter Term Programs
ETSU Faculty Led
There are several faculty members at ETSU who offer classes abroad during the summer and winter terms. If you decide to participate in a faculty-led program, you will be traveling with ETSU faculty and students. Sessions are from 10 days up to 2 months. Click "search programs" to see what is available for next summer. The faculty instructor can answer any program questions you have.
Finances: you pay the cost of summer tuition and fees, plus program costs. The program costs typically include airfare, housing and most meals. Some forms of financial aid and scholarships cover summer tuition, though it may be a pro-rated amount. Please consult a Financial Aid Advisor for questions.
Summer 2022 Programs
*These programs are only for specific majors/minors, please contact the Faculty Leader for more information if interested.
TnCIS Faculty Led
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies or TnCIS (pronounced ten-sis) is a program developed by the state to help Tennessee students study abroad. It is a consortium of colleges across the state. A faculty member from a college in the state of Tennessee teaches a class, exclusively for Tennessee students, in another country. Many classes can satisfy general education course credits for graduation.
Finances: Tuition and fees waived; pay only program cost (which includes airfare, housing, and most expenses).
Coursework in this program will emphasize society in Cape Town, with a focus on historical and social issues specific to South Africa. As appropriate, each course will focus on aspects of Cape Town life, including social issues, historical events, and literary contributions that will enhance the course material and bring it to life while on location. Additionally, each class will incorporate an element of Service Learning that will include faculty directed, hands-on volunteer projects with a focus on food scarcity and environmental sustainability. The emphasis of the program is getting to know Cape Town and its diverse population. In addition to adding invaluable experience to their resume, students will have life-changing encounters and adventures in one of the world's most diverse and beautiful cities.
Students in TnCIS India 2020 will have an opportunity to take the following courses: Social Problems, Modern World History, or Lifespan Psychology/Developmental Psychology.
Students participating in the TnCIS Japan program will have the opportunity to take English Composition II, Themes in Literature and Culture, Psychology, Introductory Statistics, Environmental Science, or Introduction to Film Studies. Understanding the global world today is more imperative than ever. This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to live in one of the largest cities of in the world, to understand how old eastern trading culture meshes with the modern world, to meet new people, and to learn new ideas. This dynamic destination will provide infinite inspiration for students learning about business, history, writing, or film while enriching their creativity with a global perspective.
South Korea will provide students the opportunity to take Introduction to Film Studies, Introductory Statistics, or English Composition II. With such a diverse range of courses offered, all students will experience a broad spectrum of Korean culture through museums, temples, natural wonders, electrifying cities, and a culinary experience Anthony Bourdain describes as “delicious and exciting; what the cool kids want.”
The program is designed to give students an in-depth look at three uniquely different cities, each with their own natural attractions, cultures, foods, and regional accents. While all excursions are planned with students’ varying interests, some experiences will be unique to science, literature, film, and modern/historic culture and religion.
Eastern Europe's Best:
Budapest, Krakow, and Prague will offer unique and rich opportunities for students to grow in their appreciation of Eastern European culture while studying Modern World Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Macroeconomics, or Art. The students’ learning experiences will be enhanced by exploration of these historic cities and a deepening understanding of different cultures and customs. The program not only presents an opportunity to study in some of Europe’s most important international and commercial centers, but also to learn about regions that were ground zero for some of the important political and historical moments in world history. These cities saw the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, occupation by Nazi armies, the rise of the Iron Curtain, and the fall of communism.
Grand European Capitals:
Students in the GEC program will have the option of taking one of the following courses:
- Modern World Literature
- Introduction to Art
- Lifespan Development Psychology
- Introductory Statistics
Combine outstanding academics with a vibrant, cutting-edge culture by choosing England as your study abroad destination. This country has a hip, urban edge, and England’s many cities offer renowned art, culture and nightlife that attract visitors and immigrants from all corners of the world. Beautiful countryside and lovely villages still abound, and England will enhance your classes with its rich culture and history. Previous students have commented that this is the easiest country to visit for a first trip abroad - you'll soon feel at home there - and the experienced faculty are knowledgeable and caring.
The program offers students an experience of French culture, history, and lifestyle through courses where Paris is your classroom. Students may study Music, Film, English, or Statistics - class instruction and field trips create a truly adventurous and one-of-a-kind educational experience.
Students in TnCIS Germany 2021 will have the opportunity to take one of the following courses:
- Modern World Literature (ENGL 2320)
- Introduction to Music (MUSC 1030)
- General Biology II (BIOL 1120)
- Beginning German I (GERM 1010)
- Beginning German II (GERM 1020)
All students will be introduced to some of the most ideal locations in the world to learn about history, music, literature, and the arts.
Greece’s famously warm hospitality is warmer than ever. Tourists are welcome, the Greek people are congenial and friendly, and we can enjoy a gorgeous country and incredible food as we experience the rich historical, literary, cultural, social, and artistic contributions of Greece. Much of Greece's history relates back to the primary thinkers and artists of ancient Western civilization when so many works of philosophy, the arts, and even history reflected the same principles. The courses offered in Greece will build on the country’s rich history and cultural traditions while program excursions will enhance and show the intersections of topics studied in each course.
Known as "the land of saints and scholars", Ireland is the perfect location for a truly immersive study abroad experience. Numerous excursions around the country will bring the academic material to life while on location. Additionally, students will have free time to explore on their own in each city as we travel around Ireland.
In cities abundantly rich with culture, history and beauty, students will be immersed in a living breathing, learning laboratory. Classes are held amidst awe-inspiring art and architecture, and stunning historical ruins that influenced Western Civilizations throughout history. Courses offered will incorporate the Italian people, varied land and seascapes, history, art, and culture by total immersion into a riveting, unique and exciting study abroad experience.
Celebrated for its beautiful scenery and friendly folk, Scotland is an excellent location for a study abroad experience filled with fascinating history and amazing culture. Students will feel right at home in Scotland, where the countryside will remind them of Tennessee, and students soon realize where Southern hospitality originated. TnCIS Scotland can truly be a life-changing experience.
Students in TnCIS Scotland 2021 will have the opportunity to take one of the following courses:
- Introduction to Music (MUS 1030)
- Modern British Literature (ENGL 2220)
Through a wide variety of scheduled excursions, students will have opportunities to enhance the course material and bring it to life. Additionally, students will have free time to explore on their own in several locations as we travel around Scotland.
What better place to take your Spanish to the next level than the country where the language was born over a thousand years ago? Not only will you improve and expand your language skills, but you’ll experience the food, culture, and people of a fascinating nation with one of the most influential cultures on the planet.
Turkey provides a unique cultural context that combines elements of European, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian cultures. Students will have the opportunity to study Music and Computer Science in this modern and pivotal nation. Students studying in Turkey may make visits to cultural and historic sites in the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Antalya, and Ankara.
The Brazil program is designed to provide our students with a choice of coursework in Music, Business, Criminology, Education, and Nutrition.
During this four week program, students will explore islands filled with plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! While on location, students will study either biology or statistics. The participating students will have the unique opportunity to complete their course work in a living laboratory that provides opportunities to personally see and experience many of the relevant biological concepts.
Direct enrollment means you pay the institution directly. The benefit of direct enrollment is that you have more control over what university you will attend, since it does not rely on an even exchange of students. There are two types of direct enrollment: ETSU-affiliated organizations/universities (where you receive an ETSU discount of approximately $500), and organizations that are not affiliated with ETSU.
Finances: with direct programs, you do not pay ETSU tuition and fees, since you are directly enrolling at another university/program. This also means that courses typically do not count as graduation credit at ETSU (though they may!). Direct programs average $6,000-$15,000 per semester and do not include airfare. Please consult a Financial Aid Advisor to verify what your particular form of financial aid and scholarships will cover the program.
Search through the different Direct Enrollment organizations and their locations to see if one may be the right fit for your next adventure!
Bilateral Exchange Program
The word "exchange" means that you swap places with an international student from another university. There are two types of exchange programs.
Finances: An exchange means you pay ETSU tuition and fees as you would during a normal semester. Typically, financial aid and scholarships are applied toward tuition as it is during other semesters at ETSU. ETSU Financial Aid & Scholarships can provide more information on your unique situation.
ETSU has partnerships with institutions across the world (click here for a list). This means that ETSU has an agreement with the specific university, allowing the schools to swap a certain number of students each semester
- Benefits: This is a great opportunity if you want to apply to a specific school on our bilateral partner list.
- Please note: because the exchange must balance evenly, there are a limited number of applications that can be accepted per school. Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis.
- Bilateral Finances: you pay ETSU tuition and fees, then room and board to the host institution. Most forms of financial aid and scholarships apply. There are some additional costs such as airfare, program fees, health insurance, and meals.
Bilateral Partnership List
Please Note: because an exchange means there must be an even swap, there are limited spaces for each school below. Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis.
Search through the different Direct Enrollment organizations and their locations to see if one may be the right fit for your next adventure!
Use this guide to help in your study abroad decision when researching and comparing
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