One of the most important things to consider when choosing a study abroad program is the program type or format. The program type will influence your entire day-to-day experience. This is just as important as choosing a particular city or country in which to study. Below is an overview of the types of programs offered at Ball State.
Faculty Led Programs
Each year, a number of Ball State professors enrich coursework by leading a short-term course abroad for BSU students. Faculty Led programs are available every year, and typically change from year to year. They are discipline-specific and focus on an academic theme or geographic region abroad. Because they are often shorter in length they are a great choice for students who cannot spend a longer period of time abroad. Ball State credit, accommodations, excursions, and flights are often pre-arranged.
Provider programs are managed by a study abroad partner organization. Some providers allow for direct enrollment at universities abroad. Others have their own curriculum, or a mix of the two. Provider programs have local contacts on-site who can offer academic and cultural guidance throughout the term. They often have built-in excursions to emphasize immersion into the host culture. Many offer homestays or community service to enhance the cross-cultural experience. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the appropriate Ball State academic departments.
Exchanges allow for the reciprocal exchange of students BSU and partner institutions abroad. Ball State students enroll in a university abroad and earn credit toward their home degree. In some cases students need foreign language proficiency to participate in an exchange. Exchanges are designed for independent students who are comfortable with limited academic and social support. There are good options for students who are studying a foreign language or have a more flexible study plan. Immersion is achieved by integration, but this is largely up to the student. Ball State has roughly 20 partner schools around the world. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the appropriate Ball State academic departments. Accommodation is typically arranged by the student (student residences/apartments), with some assistance from the host university.
Ball State students can gain hands-on work experience by participating in an internship abroad. We offer customized academic internships all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Spain, France, Czech Republic, China, and Argentina. Programs include job placement, accommodation and local support. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the student's Ball State internship coordinator.
Information on Non-BSU Programs