Office of International Education

Search for Programs

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Where should you go? The world is your oyster.

Step 1 - Ask yourself the following questions:

Step 2 - Research options for your major (tab 2)

Step 3 - Reserach options for either IPFW programs (tab 3) or Purdue, IU, or 3rd party provediers (tab 4)

IPFW students have the opportunity to study overseas in over 300 programs. Students can study in a traditional classroom setting or participate in service learning projects while abroad. Program durations range from one week to one summer session to a semester to an academic year. Click here for an explanation of types of programs.

When selecting a program, keep in mind the following:


  • What is most important to you when considering studying abroad: location, culture, academics, etc.?


  • Where do you want to learn? Do you have a prefered country, region, etc?
  • Are you fluent in any foreign languages?
  • How long are you looking to stay abroad?
  • What is the price of the program, is it within your budget, and will you need financial aid? 


  • Is your GPA high enough to study abroad?
  • Are you able to follow instruction in a foreign language or will you need to study in English?
  • Is it necessary to get academic credit for your experience?
  • Are you required to meet specific academic requirements while studying abroad?
  • Have you met with your academic advisor and what do he/she suggest?

Learning Style

  • Are you looking for a program that requires a great deal of independence, or would you prefer a program in which many of the arrangements are made by a program director?
  • Are you able to  adapt to different styles of learning?

Personal Needs

  • Are you capable of arranging your own living requirements (housing, food, travel, etc.) or would you like the program to assist you?
  • Who do you want to live with? American or foreign students, a family, or on your own?

Geographic Interests

  • What countries, cultures, and languages interest you?
  • How immersed in the culture do you want to be?
  • Is there something happening in the world today that you want to learn more about?

Financial Issues

  • How much can you afford to spend?
  • Do you need to retain financial aid eligibility to finance your program?
  • Do you want to explore family roots?
  • Are there historical or current factors in places around the world that may impact your experience there?

Career Path

  • How important is an internship?
  • Do you have the language skills for an internship in your field?
  • What will help your graduate/professional school applications or make your resume stand out?