An Introduction to Study Abroad

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EIU offers high quality, affordable study abroad opportunities allow students to experience the culture, customs, and people of another country while using their financial aid and earning college credit.

Our students have the option to enroll in spring break, summer, semester, and year-long study abroad programs around the world. These programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from faculty-led programming where students travel with EIU faculty and classmates, to exchange programs where participants enroll as international students abroad.

The experience of study abroad can increase self confidence, impact maturity, influence one's world view, heighten foreign language skills, develop an open mind, encourage diversity, and influence one's entire life for the better.
One of the most valuable reasons to study abroad is the opportunity for students to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Increasingly, surveys show that graduates who have studied abroad secure more job offers, better job offers, and higher starting salaries in their fields. In addition to completing academic coursework abroad, students can also access credit-bearing internships in their field.

We hope you’ll find the resources within these pages helpful. If you see something you’re not sure about, or have a question that is not answered here, please contact our office at 217-581-7267 or Our staff are more than happy to answer your questions, to prepare both you and your student for a successful time abroad.

Recent Articles

US News & World Report / Education: January 29, 2013 and September 4, 2012
Questions and answers from a mother - daughter duo in a series called "Twice the College Advice."

The Benefits of Study Abroad: New Study Confirms Significant Gains by Mary M. Dwyer, Ph.D. and Courtney K. Peters.

Recommended Websites

Parent Video Series
Take a look at our series of YouTube videos created by the Study Abroad office to help answer your questions about everything from health and safety to your student's return home. If you don't see something you think should be featured here, please let us know!

Parents FAQ
This is an EIU page with answers to frequently asked questions of parents. If you don't find the answer to your question here, then call or e-mail our office for help.

Safety Handbook: Advice for Parents
Provides advice for parents and family members to help their students choose a program, understand the fundamentals of studying abroad, and adjustments to returning home. Includes safety risks, legal issues, communication barriers, as well as answers “Parent's Frequently Asked Questions.”

10 Reasons to Encourage Your Children to Study and Live Abroad
An explanation of the psychological benefits your student can obtain by taking part in an overseas experience.