CU Boulder Education Abroad offers over 400 programs in over 70 countries! You can go abroad for a semester, year or summer (the latter ranges from 2-12 weeks). In addition to taking classes abroad, you can choose an internship or volunteer program (or combine classes with internship or volunteer options)! Please visit the following web pages for more information and to get started.
Planning and When to Go
- Start researching education abroad programs and talking with your academic advisor.
- If you are planning to go abroad for a full semester and would still like to graduate in four years, you will need to make sure that you’re staying on track with all of your core coursework and that you have a good understanding of the department’s prerequisite structure. That becomes less important if you are on a five year plan or would like to go abroad over the summer, although it is still helpful to understand how participating in education abroad will impact your course selections.
- If possible, save some Technical Electives or Humanities/Social Sciences courses to take when you go abroad.
- Spring semester of sophomore year is the best time for EVEN students to go abroad or during the summer between sophomore and junior year.
- Students planning to go abroad during the spring semester of their sophomore year should either enroll in CHEN 2120 and CVEN 3414 prior to studying abroad, taking them when they are offered during the summer they return, prior to leaving or identify a program that offers an approved substitute.
- It may also be helpful to complete either APPM2350 or APPM2360 during the summer before your sophomore year, if your education abroad program does not have a math sequence that is equivalent to CU’s.
- Consider going abroad the fall semester of your junior year.
- If you go abroad during the fall semester of your junior year, you will need to make sure that you have the necessary prerequisites to be able to complete Heat Transfer during the spring semester.
- If it is only possible for you to go abroad during the spring semester of your junior year, you will need to make sure that you have completed equivalents to all courses needed for fall of your senior year.
- The summer between junior and senior year is also a great time to participate in a faculty-led global seminar, other summer education abroad program, research program offered through education abroad, or an international internship.
- Students majoring in Environmental Engineering may be able to go abroad during their fall semester of senior year; however, going during the last semester is not advised since possible transcript delays would likely delay your graduation. That said, seniors are still eligible to participate in summer programs during the summer after they complete Senior Design.
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