Education Abroad

Education Abroad Program Options

The Office of International Education & Development provides amazing international programing options for students to find programs that fit them at any point in their time at Appalachian State University.

Short-Term Faculty-Led

Appalachian offers students a wide selection of short-term faculty-led programs. Students have the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours which are applied toward their degree programs while spending 1 to 5 weeks abroad


International Student Teaching

Appalachian State University promotes preparation for citizenship in the interdependent world of the 21st century. Hence, the Office of Field Experiences of the Reich College of Education strives to provide its teacher candidates with a well-rounded education through multi-cultural and international opportunities.


Honors International Experience

The Honors College, in collaboration with the Office of International Education and Development, has created several opportunities for students wishing to have clinical or other professional experiences in an international setting.

Exchanges & Study Abroad

Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 direct and exchange programs to consider for summer, semester, and year. OIED maintains direct relationships with many institutions all over the world for students to choose from.


International Service Learning

With social justice at its philosophical root, service-learning naturally combines the “life of the mind with habits of the heart.” Thus, a service-learning course integrates academic work with community service. In this way, you get the opportunity to apply what you learn in class through hands-on projects.


International Research Grants

The International Student Research Grant is designed to fund costs associated with outside the classroom, Faculty-mentored, student-based research projects or creative endeavors with an International focus, disseminating original research and resulting in a final product.

International Internships

Gain international experience and develop international skills with an international experience. OIED supports our studetns and their faculty advisors in pursuing these international goals of work with organizations abroad.


Independent Study

Conduct research abroad, participate in field studies, or pursue your own independent academic goals. OIED supports students who work with their faculty to gain experience outside of the classroom.

Education Abroad FAQ

You can afford it. Studying abroad doesn't have to be expensive. Each student is responsible for researching all the details of programs under consideration. State and federal financial aid can be applied to your study abroad expenses if you are eligible, and some scholarships are available. If you already have a scholarship, it's possible that it can be applied toward the cost of studying abroad.

You can study abroad and graduate on time. With careful planning, you should be able to study abroad and finish your curriculum in four years. Study abroad during winter break or the summer semesters is available, and many students within certain majors can study abroad for an entire year and still graduate on time.

You can study abroad in English if you don't have proficiency in another language. Destinations like England and Australia are obvious choices for studying in English, but did you know that many countries have programs in English even where English is not the primary language?  A few examples are Thailand, Finland, South Korea and the Netherlands.

You can reap the benefits of study abroad regardless of your major or long-term goals. Students who have studied abroad gain qualities valued by employers and admissions counselors. They are more mature, independent, culturally aware and have excellent interpersonal skills.

You can take courses for your major, minor, electives, or general education. While not all areas of study are available in all locations, students can find appropriate courses for their program of study as long as planning begins early.

You can get credit for courses taken abroad. Appalachian actively promotes the advantages of studying abroad by offering faculty-led programs and by assisting students in matching credits from foreign institutions to their own curriculum.

You can study abroad anytime during your academic career. Options for Appalachian students are a full academic year, a semester, a summer, or even during semester or spring breaks. In all cases, students must plan ahead in order to study abroad at their chosen time.

You can (and should) study abroad NOW. Once you start life in the "real world" with financial, professional and personal responsibilities, finding the opportunity to go abroad becomes more difficult and more expensive. Going abroad as a student allows you to become integrated within a new culture rather than just visiting as a tourist. Furthermore, as a student, you often have access to more economical student rates for travel, museum admission, and other opportunities.


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