Beyond the Classroom
Study Abroad Opportunities
The University of Evansville ranks in the top 20 master's-granting universities nationally for per capita number of students who study abroad (almost 50 percent). Our students are internationally engaged and study at hundreds of destinations such as:
- Costa Rica
- Semester at Sea
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
International studies students have the flexibility to study abroad because their financial aid travels worldwide while they study with approved international programs. International studies students can also receive a credit of $500 to their tuition charges the semester after they complete the study abroad to defray travel costs.
Harlaxton College in Grantham, England
Harlaxton College offers a special benefit to international studies students. Housed in a 19th century Victorian manor 110 miles north of London, Harlaxton exudes culture and offers students a special educational opportunity. Harlaxton Manor was recently selected as one of the top 100 manors in the United Kingdom.
Because of the four-day class schedule, students are able to take trips to see the rest of the UK and continent. Two, four-day weekends each semester make it possible for students to travel to more distant locations such as Paris, Moscow, Rome, Athens, Barcelona, Oslo, Prague, Berlin, or Casablanca.
Tuition, room, and board at Harlaxton College are the same as they are at the Evansville campus.
In addition to extensive study abroad options, the University of Evansville has a number of internship opportunities. International internships make a difference when applying to graduate school or for jobs in the competitive workforce. More adventurous students have been placed with the US State Department in Russia, Time magazine in Beijing, the United Nations in Switzerland, the CIA in Washington, and the European Union in Belgium.
All international studies majors complete an extensive, original research project during their senior year. Some of these research projects are presented at one of several regional and national undergraduate research conferences conducted each year. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in joint research with faculty members, further demonstrating the close-interaction students have with their professors.
UE sends its students to various National Model United Nationas (NMUN) conferences to prepare them to become better global citizens and the next generation of international leaders. Students most frequently attend the Indiana Consortium for International Programs.
Ask Marissa Mitchell how she was able to study abroad four times, have a triple major, complete an internship, and still graduate in four years, and you get a smile. "I stayed busy, but by working with my advisor, I was able to develop a schedule that let me accomplish so much. Since my programs are related, some courses overlapped."
Marissa studied abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England; in Grenada, Spain; South Korea; and Shanghai, China, where she also completed an internship. "My summer in Spain was an immersion experience, and I lived with a host family who only spoke Spanish. There is a difference between learning a language and having to use it all the time. I was able to go to South Korea as part of a research grant my professor received. The grant covered all expenses. The research group went to nine universities in South Korea and did a survey on attitudes about American politics and culture. Our next step is to compile the research and present our findings at conferences and our papers will be published on the Asian Network Web site."
Marissa's internship in Shanghai was with an international marketing company and her responsibilities were to translate a catalog into Spanish and research ecofriendly materials. "Devoting my time to researching ecofriendly products, I was able to see how much work is put into developing products for different markets. You have to be certain that the product will work in the target countries and that information is translated accurately. Knowing how much time was put into one product, I can only imagine how much more time is involved for different governments. While in Shanghai, I also lived with a host family, and only the son spoke any English. Yet, at the end of the experience, they told me 'now we have an American daughter.'"