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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Study Abroad

All study abroad university-sponsored programs for spring semester 2020 have been recalled. Information regarding summer 2020 programs will be forthcoming.

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What kind of education abroad experience are you looking for? Who do you want to study abroad with? What courses would you like to take? Study abroad is for everyone and it's time to plan your global experience!

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Program Types

Miami Programs

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs

The majority of Miami students who study abroad participate in faculty-led programs. These programs consist of Miami faculty members accompanying a group of students abroad or to locations within the US, typically during the summer and winter terms.

  • Students take Miami University courses, so there is no transfer credit process, and grades apply to the overall Miami GPA.
  • Many programs include major or minor courses, or students can choose to use the credit towards Global Miami Plan requirements.
  • Students will pay tuition and fees to Miami based on residency as if they were at the Oxford campus, and a supplemental program fee is also charged to cover expenses such as housing (cost and inclusions vary across programs).
  • Federal financial aid, Miami scholarships, and tuition waivers may apply.

Faculty-led programs are good for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Take classes with Miami professors and earn Miami credit
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
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Miami University's Luxembourg Program (MUDEC)

Founded in 1968, MUDEC is one of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs. Up to 130 students are accepted into the program each semester and up to 35 are accepted each summer, making it the single most popular program at Miami.

  • Students enroll in Miami classes taught by both European and Ohio-based Miami faculty.
  • Students can choose from a variety of classes, including thematic sequences and some Global Miami Plan foundation courses.
  • Students who participate in MUDEC pay Miami University for tuition, fees, housing and meals.

MUDEC is a good choice for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Be immersed in the culture through community engagement
  • Live with European hosts
  • Be a part of a long-standing Miami tradition!

Transfer-Credit Programs

Exchange Programs

Exchanges are a traditional way to study abroad. Miami students will exchange places with a student from another country, who will come to Miami when the Miami student goes abroad. On an exchange program, students pay Miami tuition and fees. In some cases, students pay Miami's room and board costs, and in other cases they pay room and/or board costs directly to their host university. All scholarships and financial aid apply, including Dependent Tuition Waivers, and study abroad scholarships specifically for exchange programs exist.

  • On an exchange program, Miami students are typically in the classroom alongside students from that university and will earn transfer credit that can apply to Miami degree requirements.
  • In many cases, classes will be in the host language, although there are an increasing number of classes offered in English.
  • Students participating in exchange programs must be prepared to be independent and responsible for themselves as exchange programs generally provide a very immersive experience.

Exchange programs are good for students who want to…

  • Be abroad for at least a semester, perhaps a full year
  • Be more independent
  • Take classes with local students, either in English or in a foreign language
  • Be immersed in a local culture

Approved Programs

Miami University recognizes that students have different interests and needs outside of our extensive Miami offerings. There are many universities and independent organizations that develop diverse study abroad programs and recruit students from across the United States and the world. These organizations tend to provide American-style support services, arrange housing, and facilitate course offerings and registration. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions, international health insurance, and cultural events. A flat 'program fee' is charged to all students participating in that program and the rate is set by that program provider. Miami scholarships cannot be used on Approved programs, though federal and non-Miami funding may apply.

The credit earned through these programs listed on our website come from accredited institutions and can transfer back to Miami. However, students will be responsible for getting the credit pre-approved towards specific degree requirements. In some cases, courses are taken at study centers with other study abroad students, and in others, courses are offered at local universities with local students.

Transfer credit programs are good for students who want to…

  • Have experiences, courses or locations not offered by Miami-sponsored programs
  • Share their education abroad experience with non-Miami students
  • Be exposed to international living while having the support of administrative staff
If you are applying to an Exchange or Approved program, you must apply to the exchange school or program provider in addition to your Miami application.
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Funding Overview

Program Type Credit Cost Federal Aid may apply Miami scholarships may apply
Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Faculty-led Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Exchange Transfer Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Transfer Program fees Yes No

Set Your Goals Before Choosing a Program

Goal: Engaging with locals

Consider this...

One of the most rewarding parts of study abroad are the interactions you will have with local people. But you might also find it challenging to meet these individuals and interact with them in personal and meaningful ways. Many study abroad students expect that their integration into the host culture will be seamless but in reality, meeting people and getting past “hello” is more difficult than we anticipate, especially when we are abroad for just a few weeks or months.


  • Volunteer in your community
  • Do what the locals do – find out about weekly events or activities
  • Play a pick-up game in the park or on the court
  • Establish a routine and talk to the baker, the barista, or the person on the bus you see everyday

Goal: Professional Development

Consider this...

Study abroad is known to cultivate personal growth and enhance academic knowledge. But study abroad can also help you gain skills that will be attractive to employers.


  • Choose a challenging program that will push you to develop skills like critical thinking, communication, and teamwork
  • Set up informal coffee meetings with professionals in your field
  • Look for learning opportunities that will turn into stories you will talk about in future interviews
  • Improve your language skills
  • Seek out volunteer and internship opportunities to gain practical experience

Goal: Language Acquisition

Consider this...

Some students use study abroad as a way to enhance their language skills. While some languages have direct professional benefits, like Chinese or Spanish, learning any language demonstrates that you are being respectful of your host country and culture. Note: You do not have to already possess foreign language skills to study abroad.


  • Stay with a host family
  • Take a language class
  • Find a speaking partner
  • Interact with locals
  • Advanced language learners can enroll in academic courses taught in the local language

Goal: Developing Independence

Consider this...

You’ve already taken a step toward becoming more independent by coming to college. After college, you’ll get a job and live on your own in a new city; studying abroad is a great way to prove to yourself you’re ready to successfully take on that challenge.


  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Take the initiative to plan a weekend trip
  • Get out of the “bubble” of your friend group
  • Experience new food, a new language, new technology, and new forms of transportation
  • Academic Environment Abroad