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Program Types
 
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.  


!!!NEW!!!!    Partnership with AIFS

The Rinker Center for International Programs has entered into partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) to offer additional programs to Ball State students. Founded in 1964, AIFS is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world, with office around the globe and more than 50,000 participants each year. AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas, from short term summer programs to academic year studies, in every discipline.

You must work the Rinker Center to apply for AIFS programs or risk not receiving credit toward your degree requirements back on campus. For more information please email us at studyabroad@bsu.edu.

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 credit at BSU. 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. 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)

Ball State students can directly enroll, and pay tuition and fees to an overseas institution, yet earn Ball State credit. Direct Enrollment programs are also designed for independent students who are comfortable with limited academic and social support. They are well suited for students who need a more flexible study plan. Immersion is achieved by integration versus planned activities. Ball State has 3 direct enrollment partners, Keele University, University of Limerick, and the American University of Rome. Specific credit approvals must be secured by the student in conjunction with the appropriate Ball State academic departments before departure. Accommodation is arranged by the student, with some assistance from the host university.

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.

Study Abroad Office
Rinker Center for International Programs
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 102
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: +1 (765) 285-5422      
E
mail:  studyabroad@bsu.edu
 
If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact Frank Adams, Coordinator of Information Technology at (765) 285-5422.