Study Away Programs encompasses three groups: incoming students, outgoing students, and scholars.

  • We offer many study away opportunities which include: short-term study programs such as our long-standing exchange program in Ashikaga, Japan, and programs in England, Taiwan, Rome/Malta, Brazil, and China; full semester and year-long exchange programs in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, France, South Korea, Belgium, the Netherland, Denmark, Spain, and Mexico; and a means to take advantage of the 3000 plus study abroad programs offered by other universities and program providers including opportunities at 69 universities in 33 countries through our direct membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). We are also members of the National Student Exchange (NSE) program network which will open up opportunities for studying at universities in the USA and Canada.  We can help you study almost anywhere!
  • Study Away Programs has also been involved with a variety of international initiatives that have included international online education, such as our online exchange program in Political Science with the University of Colima in Mexico, collaborative efforts with universities located outside the USA, and the development of multi/dual degree programs.  We review all affiliation agreements between UIS and universities and institutions located outside of the USA and provide preliminary approval where appropriate.
  • We provide support and assistance when applying for J1 visas.

Learn more about SAP through our Impact Report. Find out more about the Program Summaries and Responsibilities.

Studying abroad was a once in a lifetime experience for me. The program set up by my instructor tested us every moment along the way to try to understand the culture and the people of Peru who so graciously accepted us. This opportunity to see the world differently is paramount to furthering anyone’s education. To be able to participate in a study abroad program that uses both the Spanish language and other interdisciplinary fields like sociology, history, and anthropology in a country where many injustices are still occurring is a fabulous opportunity. Finding a study abroad program that can tie in so many interests other than interest in the Spanish language is rare. The fact that such a program can be offered at a smaller university is amazing. Being able to study abroad is something that I think everyone should try to do while furthering their education. For me, getting the scholarship made making this opportunity even easier to achieve. By having these scholarships it allows excellent students to participate in amazing programs like the study abroad trip to Peru. Many people think that studying abroad is out of their grasps because of financial reasons but scholarships like the ones offered at the University of Illinois Springfield make studying abroad dreams possible. 

-Kelsey  (Global Experience Program to Peru)

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