Living and learning in a foreign country presents a remarkable opportunity to engage with different cultures, societies, and languages, offering the kind of experience that will remain cherished across a lifetime. The University of Chicago manages its own study abroad programs, in which a group of two dozen students travels abroad with our own professors. This management assures the quality of the teaching and curriculum, the relevance to the College’s Core curriculum or the student’s major, and the transferability of credit and financial aid.
Faculty-led, quarter-long programs allow for students to travel abroad with UChicago and remain enrolled in the College throughout their program, taking courses mainly taught in English that can be used to fulfill graduation requirements without credit transferral issues. Year-long programs are available to students who wish to enroll directly in one of over a dozen partner foreign universities, including programs in Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, England, Scotland, Ireland, Kyoto, Istanbul, or St. Petersburg. UChicago students are also invited to participate in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s (ACM) semester-long programs in Botswana (Culture and Society in Africa) or Tanzania (Human Evolution and Ecology), or the Council on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)/University of Iowa’s summer programs in the Dominican Republic (Latin American Health, Nutrition, and Environmental Issues) or Guanajuato (Spanish and Mexican Culture). Over 50% of UChicago students study abroad during their time at the University.
The College offers over 50 quarter- and year-long study abroad programs in 20 countries.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Aside from qualifying for College financial aid while they are abroad, students abroad are eligible for many outside and internal sources of funding, including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Pell Grant recipients, the Ana Julie Calderwood Scholarship Fund for students learning a Romance language in the summer, the Freeman-Asia Program for study abroad in Asia, and the University of Chicago’s Summer International Travel Grants, which include grants for international summer research as well as the Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG) for summer language study abroad.
UChicago’s research and teaching arm in Europe is its Center in Paris, the location of 13 of our quarter-long programs and a home base for any student studying abroad in Europe. Students can take courses in the social sciences, biological sciences, humanities, and more in Paris. The center facilities offer classroom, conference, and study space for its programs, research facilities, and serves as a central meeting location for faculty, students, staff, and their Parisian counterparts.
The University of Chicago’s Center in Beijing opened in 2010 and supports undergraduate study and collaborations across academic disciplines between scholars and students from China and Chicago. Located amid major universities, research academies, and government agencies in the Haidian District of Beijing, the 23,000-square-foot center provides space for seminars and conferences, as well as faculty offices and study areas. It hosts Chinese students and scholars and serves as a base for Chicago students and faculty working both at other institutions in Beijing and throughout the region.
The University of Chicago Center in Delhi bolsters the University’s South Asian scholarship through panels, discussions, and faculty, graduate, and undergraduate programs, continuing a long tradition of scholarship in South Asia that includes an undergraduate study abroad program since 2001, medical and research facilities in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a study abroad program with the School of Social Services Administration. The center is located in the heart of New Delhi, within walking distance of Connaught Place. Programs there are organized into three broad categories: business, economics, law, and policy; science, energy, medicine, and public health; and culture, society, religion, and arts.
Located in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, UChicago’s Center in Hong Kong provides space and support for study abroad programs, facilitates academic exchange with regional partner institutions, and acts as a hub of student and faculty research, collaboration, and engagement in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. The Booth School of Business incorporated an Executive MBA Program Asia to foster new and expanded programs for social innovation and entrepreneurship at the Center through its Social Enterprise Initiative.