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International Studies

Study Abroad Advising by Major: International Studies

As students may complete general education requirements abroad, it is not necessary to study abroad on a program that is related to your major. However, many students find it interesting to take major or minor-related courses, as it gives them insight into how that field is approached in other parts of the world and it provides opportunities to take unique course options or field experiences not offered at MU. 

Study Abroad can help students...

  • Gain awareness of discipline from a different academic and cultural perspectives.
  • Develop practical skills from experiences abroad.
  • Connect with the international community for future academic or career goals. 
  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Prepare for an increasingly diverse and international workplace.
  • Improve foreign language skills.
While students in this major are not required to study abroad, it is highly encouraged. All recommendations on this webpage should be reviewed with an Education Abroad Advisor and then discussed with your Academic Advisor(s) in your major or minor departments. 

The Office of International Programs and Service's Education Abroad Advisors recommend the following for students in this major who wish to study abroad:
1. Students should select their elective options(Comparative Societies, Economic Interdependence, Global Environmental Issues, or International Relations) and area studies (African, The Americas, Asian, or European) before studying abroad.
2. Students should select which foreign language to focus in for their Language and Culture Studies minor before studying abroad.
The International Studies program provides a four-year academic plan on their department website, and curriculum sheets can be found on the Academic Advising website.

Which courses/requirements should International Studies majors/minors take at MU?
- INTL 488: Senior Seminar (3 credits)

Which courses/requirements can International Studies majors fulfill while abroad?
- Major Required International Studies courses (up to 9 credits)
- Major Elective courses (up to 12 credits)
- Major Area Studies Elective courses (up to 9 credits)
- Foreign Language Minor courses (up to 9 credits)
- General Education courses. 

General Notes: View the Academic Planning website for additional information. 
- Students can earn Major Elective or Area Studies Elective (3-6 credits) credit by completing an international internship. 
- Semester Programs & Internships: Can automatically earn a waiver of two (2) general education categories: Perspectives and Cultural Diversity & Community. 
- Summer Programs: Have the opportunity to earn a waiver of one (1) general education category: Cultural Diversity & Community. 
Major Credit Limitations:
The maximum number of transfer credits that can be applied to the International Studies major is 19.5 credits.

Minor Credit Limitations:
The maximum number of transfer credits that can be applied to the International Studies minor is 9 credits. 
The maximum number of transfer credits that can be applied to the Language and Culture Studies minor is 9 credits.

Note: Transfer credit limitations include all credit earned from AP, domestic transfer (excluding PASSHE institutions), and study abroad.
Note: The programs listed below is just a small sample of programs to get you started in your research. 

African Area Studies Recommendations:
ISA: Meknes Study Center | Morocco
- ISA: University of the Western Cape | South Africa
- MU Exchange Program: University of KwaZulu-Natal | South Africa

The Americas Area Studies Recommendations:
- AIFS: University of Belgrano | Argentina
- MU Exchange Program: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso | Chile

Asian Area Studies Recommendations:
- MU Exchange Program: Kansai Gaidai University | Japan
- MU Exchange Program: Chonnam National University | South Korea
- TEAN: Mahidol University | Thailand

European Area Studies Recommendations:
- MU Exchange Program: Philipps University Marburg | Germany
- ISA: Charles University | Czech Republic

Internship Recommendations:
- ISA Internships in International Studies/Relations | Australia, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Spain, England, Ireland
- VACorps Internships in Human Rights or Political Science | South Africa
- AIFS Internships in Global Peace, International Security, & Human Rights | Ireland, England, Spain, Italy, Australia, - Domestic option in New York City!
Students interested in studying abroad should start an Advising Checklist and discuss their interests with an Education Abroad Advisor. 

Office of International Programs and Services: Lyle Hall First Floor

Begin Advising Checklist