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Getting Started

Miami University believes in the importance and benefits of international and intercultural experiences, and we are glad to know that you are interested in carrying on in this tradition. Miami provides hundreds of study abroad and away programs, offering many different disciplines, locations, durations, and cost options. Let us help you find the program that is right for you!

>> Steps to get started
>> Ask the right questions



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How to find a program
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  • Ask your academic advisor how study abroad fits into your major or overall academic plan – consider saving Global Miami Plan requirements and electives, if needed.
  • Meet with a study abroad advisor to help find the program that best fits your needs. Schedule an appointment online or by calling our office at 513-529-8600.

Before you go, learn how to make the most of your experience.
Take IDS154 - Introduction to
Study Abroad
, a 2 credit sprint course.


Financial aid and Miami scholarships can be used on many programs. You can also apply for additional study abroad scholarships.

Deadlines can be early!



Each program has an application process. Application deadlines can be 1-2 semesters ahead of your actual period of travel, so plan ahead!



Study Abroad: It’s All About the Right Questions

In order to make the most of your experience, and to help find the program that makes the most sense for you, we strongly encourage you to think about the following questions.  There is no best program - it depends on what you want to get out of the program and how you want to use it.

Acadmic Concerns 

  • What type of Major/Minor/Global Miami Plan requirements do you plan to complete while studying abroad?
  • Are you interested in fulfilling Global Perspectives (6 credit hours) or a Self-Designed Thematic Sequence (9 credit hours, approval needed)?
  • Is it important if you earn Miami credit or transfer credit?
  • Is language acquisition/fluency a goal for your study abroad experience?
  • When is the best time to be abroad? Sophomore, Junior or Senior year?

 Different Program Options

  • Can you accomplish your goals in a semester/year or on a short-term program (summer, winter)?
  • Are you interested in living with a host family? Doing volunteer work? Maybe an internship?
  • What type of environment are you looking for?  Big city?  Small town? Research facility? Field work? Internship?
  • Are you looking for a program where you can be independent or one that helps to ease you into the new environment?


  • How does this study abroad experience fit in with your future/career goals?
  • Are you looking to build new skill sets like a language or through cultural exposure?
  • Internships can accompany many programs to give you a taste of a work environment in a chosen field.
Once you have a good idea about what you are looking for in a program, it is time to start researching your options! Go to our programs page to get started.


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