Education Abroad

Miami Education Abroad/Away offers hundreds of global opportunities for students to earn academic credit during a transformative experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in programs in other parts of the U.S. and in 90 countries around the world. With so many options, nearly every student can find a program that is the right fit for them - and they do! Nearly 2,000 Miami students participate in away/abroad programs each year. After watching the video below, read about different types of Education Abroad experiences available to your student.

Students talk about finding their place during their experiences abroad:


Types of programs

John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg

During the fall and spring semesters, as well as summer, students take Miami courses in a 15th century château and learn firsthand about the vibrant cultures that make up Europe today. Each student takes a “study tour” course, where they embark on a field trip with their faculty member and classmates to another country to explore the course content onsite. Gain international work experience while interning for a startup or organization in one of Europe’s bustling business capitals.

Miami in Luxembourg is open to students from all majors & areas of study. Courses can apply towards Miami Plan requirements, as well as major and minor, where applicable. MUDEC is a cost-effective study abroad program: tuition & fees are comparable to a semester in Oxford, and scholarship opportunities can help offset the out-of-pocket cost difference.

Learn more on the MUDEC site »

Short Term Education Abroad

For students looking for opportunities to get out of town during winter term or during summer, or who are unable to or unsure about studying abroad for a whole semester, Miami has many short-term education abroad options.

Miami Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs

During winter and summer terms, students join Miami professors and fellow classmates and gain Miami course credits while studying in exciting locations all around the world. They are led by Miami faculty members who teach Miami courses and take place during winter and summer terms for anywhere from one week to two months. Students can take courses in multiple disciplines and fulfill Miami Global Plan or major/minor course requirements—most programs offer 3 or 6 credits. The foundation of these programs is experiential learning—students are in the field experiencing what they are learning first-hand and directly engaging with the local culture! Some programs allow students to work an internship, meet with industry leaders, conduct research, work on a client project, or live with a host family.

Approved Education Abroad Programs

Even if students cannot find the right faculty-led program, but still want to study abroad in the summer or winter, we have additional approved programs. Approved programs are not Miami sponsored programs but are coordinated by a third-party provider that specializes in study abroad. Program fees are charged by the provider and not by Miami. Students receive transfer credit upon completion of an approved program. Program offerings vary by provider and country. There are many options available!

Semester-Long Education Abroad

Student looking for opportunities to immerse themselves in a new language or culture, hoping hope to gain skills that will be attractive to employers upon graduating, or fulfilling academic requirements while exploring the world may be interested in a semester- or year-long education abroad program.

Miami in Luxembourg

Miami's original semester study abroad program. Luxembourg is a centrally located and culturally diverse European nation and you earn Miami University credits. Learn more about this option in the section dedicated to Luxembourg Program on this page.

Miami Co-Sponsored Programs

Co-Sponsored Programs are select programs where students pay Miami tuition and fees but the programs are run by providers in the abroad location. Students can use Miami scholarships (Bridges, Redhawk Excellence, etc.) just like a semester on campus and apply for additional study abroad specific scholarships. Federal financial aid can also be applied. These programs expose students to international living while having the support of administrative staff and allow students to share their experience with non-Miami students in diverse locations. They offer courses in English or in the host country language. Students receive transfer credit from partner institutions.

Study Abroad Scholarship Resources

Study abroad has a reputation for being expensive, but it does not have to be. Consider Miami faculty-led or co-sponsored programs to make use of their Miami scholarships. There are also national scholarships to support experiences abroad. Visit the Study Abroad Finances and Scholarships web page for tips on making cost-effective choices and to find links to national scholarships and other financial resources. Here are a few national scholarships we recommend they explore:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can provide up to $8000 to help students with high financial need pursue an internship or study abroad that is at least 21 days long. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad.

Boren Awards

Scholarships up to $20,000 are available to undergraduate students who study abroad for a semester or longer through the Boren Awards program. These scholarships are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's National Security Education Program and seek applicants who are committed to studying critical needs languages. Successful applicants have career interests that align with U.S. national security needs in a variety of academic disciplines.

Critical Language Scholarship

Recipients of the Critical Language Scholarship spend a fully-funded summer at a U.S. Department of State intensive language institute abroad. These competitive scholarships are available for the study of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

The Freeman-ASIA Scholarship provides up to $7,000 to help students with financial need spend a summer, semester or academic year abroad. Administered by the Institute for International Education with funding from the Freeman Foundation, this program supports study abroad in East and Southeast Asia.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded from the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships for students spending at least 28 days abroad. Preferred applicants are those traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including first-generation college students, minority students, and community college students.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Miami students with a 3.75 GPA or higher are eligible to apply for the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, which provides travel grants of $1000.

Contact Education Abroad:

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