Full Semester Experiences Abroad


student Kim Killen in Japan

Spending an entire semester in another country is one of the best ways to achieve an immersive international experience. You can learn about that country’s culture, build relationships with its people and develop language skills by living in that area for an extended period of time. We often describe a semester-long experience as the biggest bang for your buck. You maximize your time abroad while only buying one international plane ticket (often the single-largest expense of studying abroad). Take one of these three avenues to spend an entire semester in another country: participate in an exchange program, secure an international internship or enroll in a third-party program.

When students participate in an exchange program, they spend a semester enrolled full time at one of our partner institutions around the world. During this semester, students take business classes at a foreign university (taught in English) and transfer the credit back to UT Dallas. They continue to pay full-time tuition to UT Dallas and are responsible for paying for fees, books, and room and board (if living on campus) to the host institution. In the past, students have studied at exchange programs in China, France, Germany, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and more.

The selection process for an exchange program is competitive. Students should apply at least six months in advance, and should have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) and 24 credit hours completed before they leave. Students are not permitted to participate in an exchange program during their last two semesters prior to graduation and must have completed Math 1325.

To find a list of exchange programs offered, visit the Comets Abroad Portal.

Eligibility

  • 3.0 grade-point average (GPA)
  • 24 credit hours completed
  • More than two semesters remaining in degree plan

All JSOM students are required to complete an internship prior to graduation, so why not find an internship abroad? There are many ways to find an international internship. Some students use their personal connections. Others find positions listed on Handshake. Still others utilize internship-placement companies.

When you use an internship-placement company, you pay the company a fee and it finds you an internship in your field of study. Often these companies help students obtain their visas, find a place to live, find transportation to/from the airport, and more. Many of our students have used companies like The Intern Group in the past. To see a list of placement companies that JSOM students have used in the past, contact jindalabroad@utdallas.edu.

Once you are hired for an international internship, don’t forget to report it on Handshake and the Comets Abroad Portal!

Eligibility

  • 2.0 grade-point average (GPA)

If students want to participate in a study program that is not one of our designated exchange programs, they can research a program on their own and submit it to the Education Abroad Office for approval. We call these third-party options. This could mean studying at a foreign university that we do not yet have an agreement with or going through a company that is a study-abroad provider. To find a list of companies that are study-abroad providers, you can visit the Comets Abroad Portal.

Eligibility

  • 2.0 grade-point average (GPA)
  • More than two semesters remaining in degree plan
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