SA fairIt’s a BIG BLUE WORLD for Indiana State University students to explore! Education abroad has many personal and professional benefits. Indiana State offers various education abroad opportunities to attract our diverse student body. The Education Abroad team is committed to reducing financial and academic barriers for our students. Few other experiences in college have proven to provide such a positive and long term impact. Here are ten good reasons to consider Study Abroad:

  • Receive ISU credit for all approved coursework abroad
  • Most effective way to learn a language
  • Get to know another culture first-hand
  • Gain experiences and skills outside of the normal classroom setting
  • Lifelong friends from around the world
  • Learn about yourself
  • Broaden your perspective on the world
  • Enhance career opportunities
  • Develop critical thinking skills and overall
  • Experience of a lifetime

Don’t let the ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME pass you by!


The Indiana State University Study Abroad Office uses the following procedures in the screening and selection of program participants:

Class Standing

The optimum time to study abroad is fall sophomore year. Students who transfer to Indiana State University must have at least one full semester of ISU credit on their transcript before they are considered for study abroad; however, you may apply for studying in your second semester.

The Study Abroad Office works hard to make studying abroad happen for students within their 4-Year Guarantee. Graduate students who have completed at least one semester at ISU may apply to a limited set of programs that allow graduate student participation. Note that most Study Abroad programs are designed for undergraduate students and only offer undergraduate courses.


To apply to an ISU program, students need the cumulative GPA indicated in the program requirements: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require a higher minimum GPA. Make sure you know the GPA requirements of the program you are applying for.

Program Specific Requirements

Some study abroad programs have requirements in addition to class standing and GPA.  For example, Edge Hill University requires that students 

Lower Age Limits

The Study Abroad Office does not permit university applicants under the age of 18 or high school students to participate in its programs.

Selection Process

The Study Abroad Office screens the applications for study abroad. A standard application consists of demographic information, faculty/staff recommendation form (two), course approval form (Academic Planning Form). Applicants’ GPA and on-campus discipline file will also be reviewed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, we will not accept your application until one semester prior to departure.

In the case of co-sponsored programs (affiliate programs), once the Study Abroad Office has approved the student’s application, it is then forwarded to the study abroad affiliate. In some cases the affiliate permits direct admissions in which case the students will receive automatic acceptance letters. In other cases, the agency or the institution makes the final decision regarding admission.

Acceptance into the Study Abroad Program is determined by the student maintaining their academic performance. Final GPA checks will be run to ensure that students still have the appropriate GPA for Study Abroad programs. Students who receive incomplete or withdrawals for course work during that semester may forfeit final program acceptance and will be withdrawn for studying abroad.

Other Factors

For many of the programs, participation will be based on the student’s ability to get necessary travel documents on their own (i.e., passports, visas, etc.). These documents are issued by U.S. and foreign government offices. While we can provide supporting documentation, the governments have final authority over the issuing of travel documents. Applications may be denied for any reason, including, but not limited to, insufficient documentation, pending legal action, past criminal history, etc. Application procedures and requirements will vary based on citizenship status. Non-U.S. citizens may have significantly different conditions to meet in order to get these travel documents. Pre-planning is key. Look into timelines for obtaining the required documents before applying to a program.

Disciplinary Eligibility 

When studying abroad, students are held to the same Code of Conduct as students who study at ISU.
Click here to review the ISU Code of Conduct.

ISU is committed to the prevention of sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. Students studying abroad are, again, held to the same standards as students who study on-campus at ISU.  Visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX website for more information.

Registered Sexual Offender Status

Students falling under the requirement to register as sexual offenders in Indiana are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible international educational opportunities; individually organized, informal, and third-party provided options may be open to them under current regulations.


Students who are convicted felons or who have a felony charge pending against them, are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible international educational opportunities; individually organized, informal, and third-party provided options may be open to them under current regulations.

Disciplinary Probation

Students who are on university disciplinary probation are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

Students with a past record of disciplinary action against them , but not currently on probation, will be screened on a case-by-case base when they apply to participate in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

This measure does not exclude students on probation from possible study abroad participation. Individually organized, informal, and third-party provided opportunities are open to them under current regulations, and they may become generally eligible again after the end of probation.

How to Approve Courses

All courses taken while studying abroad convert to transfer credit, which is awarded upon completion of the program based on a transcript issued from an accredited academic institution (either a foreign university or a school of record in the United States).

Students who are participating in a study abroad program for transfer credit will be enrolled in a IS 398 space holder course for the study abroad term. Enrollment in IS 398 indicates to ISU that you are participating in a study abroad program as an ISU student, and will receive the indicated credit hours upon completion of the program. In order to ensure that transfer credit from study abroad program counts toward specific degree requirements, students must receive approval from appropriate departments through the course approval process.

Approved course lists are updated every semester and are a resource for researching course options abroad. However, it is strongly advised that you look at the course offerings found on the host university's website, as it will have the most up to date listing of offering for your specific study abroad semester. Visit the Destinations page to find links to their websites.

If your host university offers a course that is not listed on the approved course lists, you may still receive credit for that class. You will need to work with your Study Abroad Advisor and/or Academic Advisor to approve courses for ISU credit.

Many advisors require the course syllabus or description when approving courses for credit transfer.  Please work with the Study Abroad office and your host university to get courses approved in a timely manner.  


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Each Study Abroad program has its unique costs, but all budgets are structured the same. The “Total Estimated Cost of Program" is the sum of what students are billed through their student account and independent costs the student pays on their own. Please refer the sample budget below.

The estimated costs to student account MUST be paid prior to departure. (Minus any scholarship or financial aid expected)

Estimated Cost to ISU Student Account
  • Study Abroad Program Fees are billed through the Controllers’ Office.
  • Program fees are the host university’s tuition cost, and varied upon services offered by the program.
  • International insurance (either assessed by ISU or in the affiliate program fee).
  • $100 Study Abroad Course Fee which makes courses taken abroad be ISU transfer credit.
  • Room and board may or may not be included in the program fees. It varies from university to university.
  • Note: if cost of program exceeds beyond estimate due to exchange rate fluctuation or other unavoidable circumstances, you may receive an additional bill. This is a rare occurrence.
  • Must be paid prior to departure (minus any financial aid expected).
Estimated Independent Costs Paid by Student
  • These items are either paid directly to the host university or other parties.
  • These costs will be paid prior to departure (airfare, housing deposit, passport, visa) or once student is abroad (personal expenses, books, onsite transportation, meals).
  • Extra travel is not included in our budgets.
Total Estimated Cost of Program
  • Sum of Estimated ISU Bill to Student Account and Independent Costs Paid by Student. (A + B = C)
  • Students should be prepared to pay for all costs in this section either before departure or once at the host university.
Example Budget: Edge Hill University

Per Semester

Estimated Costs to ISU Student Account  
Tuition $6,575.00
Housing and Meal Plan $2,700.00
Program Fees $1,900.00
HTH Insurance $248.00
Study Abroad Course Fee $100.00
Total Estimated Costs Billed by ISU $11,523.00
Estimated Independent Costs by ISU Student  
Estimated Airfare $1,100.00
Passport (if student does not have one yet) $135.00
On-Site Transportation $100.00
Additional Meals $400.00
Personal Expenses $1,400.00
Total Estimated Independent Costs $3,195.00
Total Estimated Cost of Program $14,718.00


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Indiana State University's Faculty-led Study Abroad programs are an excellent way for ISU students to experience the world!

Faculty-led programs are short-term customized programs. These trips give you the opportunity to travel with your peers and faculty leaders who will provide you with the academic experience of the culture, customs, and history of the travel destinations.

Faculty-led programs vary from year to year and course credit for these programs differ depending on the nature of the experience and the faculty leader's area of expertise.

Faculty-Led Home

2017 Trips



Dr. John Conant




Dr. Haijing Tu

Dr. Lori Henson



Ms. Lisa Decker




Dr. Eric Glendening




Dr. Sandra Kohler



Dr. Andrea Arrington



Dr. Aruna Chandra



Dr. Julie Dixon



Dr. Kathryn Bauserman

Dr. Pat Wheeler

Dr. Debra Knaebel





Dr. Terry Dean



Ms. Robyn Lugar





Dr. Kevin Bolinger





Dr. Andrew Payne

2016 Trips
















2015 Trips










The Office of Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Programs is part of the Center for Global Engagement.

Health & Safety

With preparation and ongoing awareness of safety and health issues, living abroad can be just as safe as living in the United States. KayleeResponsibilities of Participants

In studying abroad, as in other settings, participants can have a major impact on their own health and safety through the decision they make, both before and during the program and by their day-to-day choices and behaviors.

Participants should:

1. Participate fully in all orientations before departure and on site, and read and carefully consider all information provided by Overseas Study that relates to safety and health conditions in host countries.
2. When applying for or accepting a place in a program, consider carefully their health and other personal circumstances, and assume responsibility for them after acceptance.
3. Make available to Overseas Study accurate and complete physical and mental health information and any other personal data that are necessary in planning for a safe and healthy study abroad experience.
4. Obtain and maintain supplementary health insurance coverage and liability insurance, if required, and abide by any conditions imposed by the carriers.
5. Inform parents/guardians/families, and any others who may need to know, about their participation in the study abroad program, provide them with emergency contact information, and keep them informed on an ongoing basis.
6. Understand and comply with the terms of participation, codes of academic and ethical conduct, and emergency procedures of the program, and obey host country laws.
7. Once on site, be aware of local conditions and customs that may present health or safety risks when making daily choices and decisions. Promptly express any health or safety concerns to the program staff or other appropriate individuals.
8. Become familiar with the procedures for obtaining health and law enforcement services in the host country.
9. Avoid substance abuse of all kinds.
10. Follow the program policies for keeping program staff informed of their whereabouts and well-being, especially when travelling away from the program site.
11. Behave in a manner that is respectful of the rights and well-being of others, and encourage others to behave in a similar manner.
12. Accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions.

Responsibilities of the Study Abroad Office

1. Monitor possible changes in country conditions. Provide information about changes and advise participants and their parents/guardians/families as needed. Develop and maintain emergency preparedness and crisis response plans.
2. Provide orientation meetings and materials to participants prior to departure for the program and onsite, which include appropriate information on health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country. In addition to dealing with health and safety issues, the orientation should address potential health and safety risks, and appropriate emergency response measures. Ask students to share this information with their parents/guardians/families so they can make informed decisions concerning preparation, participation, and behavior while on the program.
3. Consider health and safety issues in evaluating the appropriateness of an individual's participation in a study abroad program.
4. In the participant screening process, consider factors such as disciplinary history that may impact on the safety of the individual or the group.
5. Provide students with information on the role of and assistance provided by the on-site resident director or program coordinator.
6. Discuss with students, following their selection but prior to their participation in a study abroad program, individual health and disciplinary history issues, which may impact on the safety of the individual or the group.
7. Provide health insurance (including emergency evacuation and repatriation) to participants or assure that participants receive information about how to obtain such coverage.
8. Direct on-site program staff to provide information for participants and their parents/guardians/families regarding available medical and support services, and to help participants obtain the services they may need.
9. Hire vendors and contractors (e.g. travel and tour agents) that have provided reputable services in the country in which the program takes place. Advise such vendors and contractors of the program sponsor's expectations with respect to their role in the health and safety of participants.
10. Communicate applicable codes of conduct and the consequences of noncompliance to participants. Take appropriate action when participants are in violation.
11. In cases of serious health problems, injury, or other significant health and safety circumstances, maintain good communication among all program sponsors.
12. Provide these guidelines to participants and their parents/guardians/families regarding when and where the responsibility of the Study Abroad Office ends and the aspects of participants' overseas experiences that are beyond the control of the office. In particular, we generally:

  • Cannot guarantee or ensure the safety of participants or eliminate all risks from the study abroad environments.
  • Cannot monitor or control all of the daily personal decisions, choices, and activities of individual participants.
  • Cannot prevent participants from engaging in illegal, dangerous or unwise activities.
  • Cannot ensure that U.S. standards of due process apply in overseas legal proceedings or provide or pay for legal representation for participants;
  • Cannot ensure that home-country cultural values and norms will apply in the host country.
  • Cannot fully replicate home campus support services at overseas locations.
  • Cannot assume responsibility for the actions of persons not employed or otherwise engaged by Overseas Study, for events that are not part of the program, or that are beyond the control of Overseas Study and its subcontractors, or for situations that may arise due to the failure of a participant to disclose pertinent information.
Recommendations to Families

In Study Abroad, as in other settings, parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the health and safety of participants by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior overseas. 

When appropriate, parents/guardians/families should:

1. Through their student participants, obtain and carefully evaluate health and safety information related to the program, as provided by the Study Abroad Office and other sources.
2. Be involved in the decision of the participant to enroll in a particular program.
3. Engage the participant in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
4. Be responsive to requests from the Study Abroad Office for information regarding the participant.
5. Keep in touch with the participant.
6. Be aware that some information may most appropriately be provided by the participant rather than the program.

Personal Identification

While traveling abroad it is a good idea to keep multiple forms of identification on you at all times, including: driver’s license, passport, visa (if you require one), and an insurance card. Additionally, it is smart to make copies of all of these and keep them where you are living in case you should misplace one. The study abroad office should have a copy of your passport on file which is also there for you in an emergency situation.