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Where Can I Study?

The IIT International Center administers several types of study abroad programs in countries all over the world. These program types are further explained in the fields below. Programs are available year-round, including during the academic year, fall and spring semesters, summer, and winter and spring breaks. You can expand upon a current course of study, focus on learning a foreign language, fulfill major course requirements or experiment with various elective requirements.

Faculty-led Programs

Students enroll directly in one or more IIT courses associated with the program.  The courses are comprised of IIT students, taught by IIT faculty, and take place in one or more countries outside the U.S.  Examples have included IPROs with an international focus, architecture studios, humanities and social science courses which fulfill general education requirements, and more.  Students pay IIT tuition according to classification and degree level and in some cases, a program fee which typically covers accommodation, some meals, local transportation, and program related excursions. On other programs, students pay no program fee but arrange for accommodation and transportation independently.

Exchange Programs and Global Engineering Education Exchange Programs (GE3)

Exchange programs work on the principle of a one-for-one exchange of students, with a balance of students being maintained on a rolling basis. Students pay IIT tuition for the term abroad.  Students directly enroll in the foreign institution as exchange students and take courses alongside students from the host country.  Students abroad concurrently maintain full-time student status at IIT for the duration of their study abroad program. 

Partner University Programs

Similar to exchange programs, students directly enroll in the foreign institution as visiting students and take courses alongside students from the host country.  The difference is that instead of paying IIT tuition, students pay the host institution.  Students abroad concurrently maintain full-time student status at IIT for the duration of their study abroad program. 

Third Party Provider Programs

There are hundreds of third party provider organizations which offer study abroad and other international opportunities to students from U.S. institutions.  The International Center maintains relationships with about 10-20 of these organizations and hosts them at our Study Abroad Fairs each semester.  Third party providers generally offer significant support for students, including arranging accommodations, excursions, community engagement, and even internships during your study abroad experience.

Because IIT does not affiliate with providers directly, the responsibility falls to the student to determine the application procedures, deadlines, and other requirements. Third party providers usually employ advisors who can guide you through their processes.  Students are still required to apply for initial permission to study abroad on these programs and complete pre-departure requirements required of all students studying abroad. 

For third party provider programs, students do not pay tuition to IIT, but students abroad concurrently maintain full-time student status at IIT for the duration of their study abroad program. Be sure to compare program details and costs carefully because not all programs include the same features.

External Programs

If you find that you would like to directly enroll at a university abroad with which IIT has no formal agreement, you may still do so, but as with third party provider programs, the responsibility falls to the student to determine the application procedures, deadlines, and other requirements and communicate them to the Study Abroad Office through the External Study Abroad Program Initial Permission Form.

For external programs, students do not pay tuition to IIT, but students abroad concurrently maintain full-time student status at IIT for the duration of their study abroad program. Be sure to compare program details and costs carefully because not all programs include the same features.

Internships, Service, Research and Beyond

If you are interested in non-credit-bearing opportunities for study or research abroad, you will find some of these listed in AbroadOffice.  Another good resources is www.iiepassport.org.  Students are not required to apply for initial permission to study abroad if you will not be earning academic credit; however, please contact us for assistance and/or inform us of your participation by emailing us at studyabroad@iit.edu.  We are happy to obtain a free copy of your transcript on your behalf if you are applying for one of these programs.