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Field Studies (Summer or Break Periods)
Each year, a number of Ball State professors enrich coursework by leading a short-term course abroad for BSU students. Field Studies 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 shorter in length they are a great choice for students who cannot spend a semester abroad. Ball State credit, accommodations, excursions, and flights are all pre-arranged.
Study Abroad Consortia (Semester or Summer)
Ball State students can also choose to study abroad in a program location shared with other US universities. Consortia programs have local directors who can offer academic and cultural guidance throughout the semester. These programs offer specialized upper division courses and built-in excursions. They also emphasize immersion into the host culture. Many offer homestays or community service to enhance the cross-cultural experience. Ball State currently belongs to two consortia: AHA and KIIS, offering over 50 different study abroad sites. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the appropriate Ball State academic departments.
Exchanges (Semester or Academic Year)
These programs are designed to be a reciprocal exchange of students from one institution to another. Ball State students enroll in partner universities abroad and earn resident credit. 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. They are best 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 over 20 partner schools around the world and also belongs to the ISEP Network, adding over 150 additional partner schools. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the appropriate Ball State academic departments. Accommodation is typically arranged by the student, with some assistance from the host university.
Direct Enroll (Semester, Academic Year, or Summer)
International Internships (Summer)
Ball State students can gain hands-on work experience by participating in an internship abroad. We currently offer 7 week and 11 weeks customized academic internships all over the world, including Ireland, Canada, South Africa, and Argentina. Programs include job placement, accommodation and travel arrangements. Credits are arranged in conjunction with the student's Ball State internship coordinator.