When graduate students go abroad for academic purposes, it's usually for research. Whether it's for thesis or dissertation research, independent study, or your MFA international requirement, the Office of International Programs can guide you. Funding is available from International Programs for credit-bearing research or study. Also consider applying for nationally competitive scholarships, such as Fulbright (see below).
- Step 1: Think about where your research will take you. If the State Department has your destination under a travel warning or alert, you will likely need to change your plans.
Countries with Travel Warnings
- Step 2: Consult with your graduate advisor. Is it logistically and methodologically feasible for you to conduct your research abroad?
- Step 3: Make an appointment to meet with an International Programs advisor and submit the International Programs Packet.
Traditional study abroad is more common at the undergraduate level, but on occasion, some graduate students participate in undergraduate study abroad programs, particularly for intensive language training. Sometimes graduate advisors may be open to allowing grad students to receive graduate credit while studying abroad, but it's rare. Instead, consider scholarship programs for study, such as Fulbright, the Critical Language Scholarship, and the Boren Fellowship (see below). Speak to an advisor at International Programs for more details.
Nationally Competitive Scholarships
The Office of International Programs Director and Associate Director serve as your campus advisors for scholarships administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), including the Fulbright US Student Scholarship, the Critical Language Scholarship, and the Boren Fellowship. For more information, call for an advising appointment at 702-895-3896.