Study Abroad Programs

Sarah Doverspike - Italy, Summer 2019


Congratulations on making one of the best decisions of your life - the decision to study abroad! No matter where you go or how long you study abroad, it will change you forever.

Finding your study abroad program is one of the hardest parts of choosing to study abroad. We are here to help you! At SHSU, we have hundreds of approved programs across the globe through our exchange, affiliated, and faculty-led programs. All SHSU approved programs can be found in our Bearkats Abroad Portal, powered by Via TRM. You can start by taking the portals program matching quiz and then browse the portal for additional programs.

Search for Study Abroad Programs

After you find a program (or five!) that interests you, make an appointment with a Study Abroad Coordinator to gain additional information and start the application process.

  • Faculty-Led Programs

    Travel and study abroad with an SHSU faculty member and 10-30 students enrolled in the same SHSU course(s). You enroll in an SHSU course designated for study abroad and earn regular SHSU credits. You pay your normal SHSU tuition and fees plus a program fee to SHSU. It’s important to understand what is included in the program fee and what additional expense you need to budget for, make sure you check out the Estimated Program Cost sheet for each program. Scholarships & financial aid can apply. Courses and destinations vary each year.

    All 2021 faculty-led programs will be added in the portal as soon as they are available to apply to, all should be added by mid-September.

    Program Name Location Courses Faculty Semester/Dates Abroad Notes
    Agriculture production systems in Southern France and Spain France & Spain AGRI 4369
    AGRI 5369
    Dr. Marcy Beverly
    Dr. Stanley Kelley
    Summer 1
    June 2-16, 2021
    CANCELED
    Business and Economics in China China ECON 4085
    ECON 4360
    Dr. Fidel Gonzalez Summer
    June 19-July 13, 2021
    CANCELED
    International Business in Germany Germany ECON 4085
    ECON 4360
    Dr. Christian Raschke Summer
    May 31-July 2, 2021
    CANCELED
    Irish Literature and Culture Ireland ENGL 3338
    ENGL 3370
    Dr. Paul Child
    Dr. Bob Donahoo
    Summer 1
    June 3-18, 2021
    CANCELED
    Green Construction and Sustainability in South Korea South Korea ETEC 4369 Dr. Min Suh Summer 2
    July 9-25, 2021
    CANCELED
    International Finance and Economics in Japan Japan

    FINC 4085
    FINC 4340

    Dr. Bala Maniam Summer 1
    May 29-June 19, 2021
    CANCELED
    Exploring sports culture and society in South Korea South Korea KINE 3388 Dr. Min Kim Summer 1
    June 1-13, 2021
    CANCELED
    Zipline to Costa Rica for Nursing Students Costa Rica NURS 4030 Ms. Linda James

    Spring
    May 17-26, 2021

    Fall
    December 13-21, 2021

    Spring: CANCELED
    Dubai Study Abroad United Arab Emirates MKTG 4085 Dr. Irfan Ahmed Fall
    December 10-21, 2021
    Application available March 2021
    Global Security and Political Economy in Taiwan Taiwan POLS 4081 Dr. Dennis Weng Mini-session
    May 15-25, 2021
    CANCELED
    Comparative Homeland Security Poland SCST/CRIJ 4377 Dr. Magdalena Denham Summer 1
    May 27-June 12, 2021
    CANCELED
  • Exchange Programs

    An Exchange Program is where SHSU has a direct bilateral agreement with a university abroad. You pay your normal tuition and fees to SHSU, and attend classes at the partner institution. The courses you take abroad will transfer back to SHSU as in-residence credits and you will receive grades "CR" (Credit) if passed or "NC" (No Credit) if not successfully completed. The credits will count towards hours earned but will not affect your SHSU or overall GPA. You must take at least 12 credits at the partner university if attending a full semester program. Financial Aid can apply & scholarships are available.

    University Location Semester
    École d'ingénieurs de Purpan Toulouse, France Fall, Spring, Summer, Year
    Fontys University of Applied Science Eindhoven/Tilburg/Venlo, Netherlands Fall, Spring, Year
    Kobe College Nishinomiya, Japan Fall, Spring, Year
    Kyonggi University Suwon, South Korea Fall, Spring, Year
    Soonchunhyang University Asan-Si, South Korea Fall, Spring, Year
    University of Bern Bern, Switzerland Fall, Spring, Year
    University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland Fall, Spring, Summer, Year
    University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia Fall, Spring, Year
    University of Turku Turku, Finland Fall, Spring, Year
    Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Chicoutimi, Canada Summer

    To preapprove and transfer courses to SHSU taken on an exchange program the Course Equivalency Form must be completed. We recommend starting this form as soon as you have identified the program you want to participate in. The Course Equivalency Guide below can be used to see how courses have been approved in the past. It does not mean they will be approved for the same course again. The guide only lists courses that a student took abroad.

    Course Equivalency Guide
    Examples of courses that students took abroad that were approved for SHSU credit

  • Affiliated Programs

    Affiliated program providers are 3rd party companies that provide Study Abroad services that SHSU has chosen to partner with. For these programs you DO NOT pay tuition & fees to SHSU. You pay a program fee directly to the provider that covers your tuition abroad, excursions, housing, and much more. You will receive transfer credit from the university you attend abroad. This means that your grades will only affect your overall GPA, NOT your SHSU GPA. Financial Aid can apply with a few exceptions & scholarships are available. All affiliated programs are listed in our Bearkats Abroad Portal.

    Provider Notes

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    AIFS

    Automatic $400 grant (semester) or $200 (summer) for SHSU students who attend an AIFS study abroad program, since SHSU is affiliated with AIFS. Other study abroad scholarships & grants are available. AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support page https://www.aifsabroad.com/financial-aid/

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    API

    Students may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources included on their website. Additionally, API gives SHSU a $1,000 award to one or more students participating in their programs as part of the affiliation agreement. API Financial Information https://apiabroad.com/other-resources/financial-information/

    API offers internships in almost all its locations. If you are interested in an international internship check out https://members.apiabroad.com/shsu-internships-api/.

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    Arcos

    Programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain.

    SHSU students attending an Arcos Learning Abroad program receives an automatic $100 scholarship towards the program fee. More information about funding an Arcos program can be found here.

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    interDaF

    SHSU's Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures has partnered directly with the University of Leipzig in Germany to offer a language and cultural immersion program to SHSU students during the summer term. Students may study at the interDaF institute for 4 or 8-weeks on this high-impact experience that will exponentially increase both your cultural competency and language abilities.

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    ISA

    As affiliate partners, SHSU students will get an automatic $200 discount on all ISA programs and are eligible to apply for the Carlos Casteneda semester scholarship of $2,000, which is only available to students from affiliated universities. There are additional ISA scholarships. ISA Funding Your Program page https://www.studiesabroad.com/admissions/funding-your-program/scholarships-and-grants

    Visit ISA's Reginal Director Zoe Crowe-Barnes' Virtual Office to learn more, book an advising appointment and find ISA's upcoming events.

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    TEAN

    TEAN is a sister company of ISA, and students will receive an automatic $200 discount on all TEAN programs as well. You can find TEAN's Financing your Study Abroad Program page at https://teanabroad.org/how-it-works/financing-your-study-abroad-program/.

    Book an advising appointment with ISA/TEAN's Reginal Director Zoe Crowe-Barnes to find out more information about their programs.

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    USAC

    USAC, a nonprofit organization since 1982, has provided students with life-changing opportunities to live and learn in countries around the globe. They have many affordable, authentic study abroad programs in 26 countries, and strive to provide students with ample opportunities to become engaged, global citizens. USAC awards scholarships and discounts twice a year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

    To preapprove and transfer courses to SHSU taken on an exchange program the Course Equivalency Form must be completed. We recommend starting this form as soon as you have identified the program you want to participate in. The Course Equivalency Guide below can be used to see how courses have been approved in the past. It does not mean they will be approved for the same course again. The guide only lists courses that a student took abroad.

    Course Equivalency Guide
    Examples of courses that students took abroad that were approved for SHSU credit

  • Virtual Programs

    Office of International Programs offers a wide range of flexible international educational experiences. Sam Houston students can participate in a virtual Internship and/or Study Abroad programs through our Affiliated Programs and International Exchange Programs. Virtual programs vary in length, from two weeks to semester long. Students can choose from credit and non-credit internships, as well as regular academic programs. For more information about programs and benefits of virtual programs visit our Virtual Programs Page


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Study Abroad
Picture of Malin Hilmersson Malin Hilmersson
Study Abroad Coordinator
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