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Study Abroad


    Graduate students may choose to participate in a variety of DU and non-DU study abroad programs. Each department has its own policies regarding the transfer of study abroad credits, so the first step in exploring international opportunities should be to speak with the student’s academic advisor regarding the way study abroad credits may be used towards the requirements for the degree.

    Most study abroad programs at DU are aimed at undergraduate students and do not offer graduate-level credit. Since graduate-level study is far more specialized, graduate students often have to do independent research to identify programs that are a fit for their individual academic needs.

    How to Apply

    Please meet with an Office of International Education (OIE) advisor for information on how to apply. More information available on the OIE website.

    Outlined below are three main categories of international experiences available to graduate students: study abroad for academic credit; required international experience, no credit earned; and optional international experience, no credit earned.


    Students will take courses abroad that have been approved for transfer into their degree. This category includes summer/interterm programs and quarter/semester programs. These programs may be sponsored by the University of Denver, other U.S. universities or organizations, or involve direct enrollment in a university abroad. If you are planning to participate in a study abroad program for credit, you will need to work with the DU Office of International Education and your academic unit. If you participate in a program sponsored by the Office of Special Programs or a DU department, they will coordinate with our office. Please see the Office of International Experience website for more information.

    Graduate Financial Aid

    Graduate students must be registered for at least half-time enrollment to be eligible for financial aid awards, whether taking classes here on campus or studying abroad. When you take courses abroad for credit, you will be registered at DU based on the credits pre-approved by your department. In turn, financial aid awards will be based on the registration credit. You will not receive financial aid for a non-credit program or language study abroad. Summer financial aid is determined separately from the academic year. You are encouraged to speak directly with the Financial Aid Office for details on your specific aid package.

    DU Summer/Interterm Programs

    The Office of International Education coordinates several International Service Learning Programs available to graduate students.

    Many academic units offer their own international courses, which vary by term. For example, the Graduate School of Social Work typically offers several international courses for its students including Global Relations and Poverty in Mexico and Social Work from a Chinese Perspective. The Daniels College of Business embeds an international experience in its IMBA program, offers global options for the MBA Enterprise Solutions course, and coordinates other international travel courses in fields such as Management and Real Estate/Construction Management.

    Check with your academic department to see if it offers international courses. Some DU international summer/interterm programs are coordinated by the Office of Special Community Programs. The cost of DU-sponsored programs varies, but typically includes DU tuition plus travel-related costs.

    Unaffiliated Programs

    You may also opt to participate in an unaffiliated program. This may be a program sponsored by another U.S. university, a study abroad program provider, or direct enrollment in a university abroad as a visiting student. It is important to examine the level of courses offered when searching for programs, as many study abroad programs only offer undergraduate credit. There are many opportunities for graduate students to enroll directly in a university abroad, provided you are proficient in the language of instruction. If you participate in an unaffiliated program, you will pay the program cost directly to the program sponsor/university. If participating in a credit-bearing program, you will be registered at DU in a study abroad placeholder course, and will pay a $50 Study Abroad Administrative fee plus the DU Technology fee.  Please note that in order to be registered in the placeholder course, you must take graduate level coursework and receive approval from your department to transfer the credit towards your DU degree requirements.

    To research options, you may use the websites listed below.  If you have a particular destination in mind and are interested in direct enrollment options, you can also search for universities in that country and go directly to their websites. Your professors and advisors may be useful in identifying institutions abroad that are known for their expertise in your academic field.

    Study Abroad search engines:


    Law programs abroad:


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    This category includes independent travel, volunteer programs, work abroad, or language study not required by your program. If you are planning on this option, you are not required to complete any paperwork or register with the Office of International Education. You are traveling abroad on your own accord and taking on the risks and responsibilities accordingly. DU takes on no responsibility for this type of travel.

This portfolio last updated: 08-Jul-2023 11:14 AM