Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity that requires extensive planning and research. It’s important to plan ahead, so where do you start?
The Bryan School of Business and Economics offers a variety of international education opportunities for undergraduate students. Bryan Abroad encourages students from any major or minor to consider adding an international experience as part of their degree and firmly believes that it is important for students to graduate having gained a truly meaningful international perspective of business.
Students have the opportunity to participate in semester or summer exchanges at more than 40 partner institutions. Courses taken abroad are often taught in English and can count toward degree requirements. Travel grants are available to help with the cost of airfare for studying abroad.
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Imagine taking classes in the United Kingdom, China, or Mexico. Experiencing academic courses through the prism of another culture provides you with a rare opportunity to gain new perspectives about teaching and learning. With proper planning, study abroad can help you prepare for your professional life. Start planning today!
- Take business courses taught in English
- Learn about business from an new and unique perspective
- Meet foreign language requirements while studying in a non-English speaking country
- Impress employers with skills you mastered while studying abroad
- Broaden your academic and personal horizons by going on an adventure you cannot get at home
- Improve your language skills, and enhance your understanding of coursework upon returning to UNCG
- Explore opportunity to use financial aid award to have an international experience
- Exchanges allow students to pay UNCG tuition which keeps costs down and makes study abroad accessible
- Communicate Interest: Complete our online interest form at http://bryanabroad.uncg.edu/intrest-form.htm. Talk with your Bryan School assigned Academic Advisor when you are planning your classes. Discuss the coursework and semester that will work best for your situation.
- Attend a Study Abroad Interest Meeting: Held weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters with the Bryan School – reserve your seat by calling 336-334-5928. OR, call the International Programs Center at 336-334-5404 to sign up for one of their meetings.
- Research Your Options: Learn about our partner institutions by browsing our site at http://bryanabroad.uncg.edu and by reviewing program information on the International Program Center’s site at https://studyabroad.uncg.edu. Consider, geographically, where you want to be. Talk with study abroad alumni about their experiences. Investigate cultural resources to learn more about countries and cities abroad.
- Schedule an Appointment to Review Your Application. Applications are due once each semester and your Bryan School Advisor should review your application before you submit. Use the Starfish scheduling tool in Blackboard to make an appointment. You can also work with an advisor with the International Programs Center; call 336-334-5404 for more information.
- Complete the Study Abroad Interview: This is your opportunity to impress the Study Abroad Committee members who will be your advocate to our overseas partners. It is not a formal interview but you should be prepared to talk about your academics, interests, and goals for studying abroad.
- Participate in Mandatory Orientations: Orientation workshops required by the International Programs Center, and the Bryan School of Business & Economics, will provide detailed information that you must know before you go abroad.
Most Bryan students can study abroad at some point during their time at UNCG, but some programs have stricter eligibility requirements than others. Studying abroad at UNCG is a thoroughly engaging experience, similar to selecting your major or minor.
- It is never too early to begin planning; start about one year before you go.
- Set some goals. There are many excellent study abroad programs and you will want to choose the one that best fits your needs.
- Prioritize your goals. Consider your long-term academic and professional goals as well as your degree requirements.
- Prepare academically. You may need to take language or prerequisite classes for your program.
- Consider short-term and long-term options.
Give yourself time to research. Talk to advisors and study abroad alumni.
Join the fun of FRIDAY FEST! Each Friday during Fall and Spring semesters international students and study abroad alumni share their stories. Go to Phillip Hawkins residence hall – also known as the International House – 2p-4p in the downstairs lounge. Learn more about other cultures and meet people with experience to share!
- This is the best time for Bryan School students to start planning for study abroad with your academic advisor.
- Consider your academic and career goals and research the countries/schools where you would like to study.
- If you study abroad during your freshman year, you will be able to fulfill general education requirements.
- If you study abroad during your sophomore year, you may take courses in business, a few general education courses as well as language courses.
- Some study abroad programs require four semesters of foreign language—these would not be an option for most sophomores.
- If you study abroad as a sophomore, you may be able to fit two study abroad experiences into your college career.
- This is probably the best year for Bryan School students to study abroad. At this time, you have a better idea of what your personal and professional goals might be.
- Ultimately, you would probably “get more out of” the experience as a junior than as a freshman.
- You can take courses in business, a few general education courses, as well as language courses.
- Do not wait until your senior year to start planning a study abroad program. While it may not be too late, it will certainly be more difficult to find classes you have not already taken.
- If you must wait until your senior year because of financial constraints or other obligations, be aware that your graduation may be delayed as we wait for transcripts of the foreign institution to arrive. (You could still walk in the May graduation, but would receive your diploma at a later date.)
- Accounting (ACC)
- Business Administration-Business Studies (BUS)
- Business Administration-Human Resources Management (MGT)
- Entrepreneurship (ENT)
- Finance (FIN)
- Information Systems & Operations Management (ISM)
- International Business Studies
- Marketing (MKT)
- Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies (CRS)
- Apparel Product Design (APD)
- Global Apparel & Related Industries Studies
- Retail and Consumer Studies (RCS)
Economics (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science)
Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality
- You pay UNCG tuition and fees, and exchange places with a student from an institution abroad
- Financial aid applies to all semester and yearlong study abroad programs
- Travel grants are available to cover your cost of transportation
- Early planning for study abroad helps you make cost-effective program decisions and allows you to prepare finances through saving, scholarships, and financial aid
- Contact the International Programs Center to find out if you are eligible for UNCG funds through study abroad scholarships
- Attend the mandatory Bryan Study Abroad Advising orientation. Details on this required orientation will be provided to you once you are accepted to study abroad
- Work with your assigned Academic Advisor to select 8-9 possible courses to take abroad. You will need to know what is on your Degree Evaluation or Degree Works report
- Ask your Advisor for a graduation plan so you are prepared to register while you are abroad for the subsequent semester
- Have your Advisor complete the “Transfer Credit Request” form before you depart for your program
Below are some general guidelines for Bryan School students who study abroad:
- You can participate in a study abroad program that is designed to fulfill your general education requirements
- You can choose a partner institution that offers business courses (often taught in English) and earn credit toward your business requirements
- You can choose elective courses to receive credit toward the minimum 122 hour requirement
- You can consider experiential programs at partner institutions, like service-learning or internships (mostly unpaid), as part of your hands-on project requirement
- All students majoring in International Business Studies (INTB) are required to spend at least one Fall or Spring semester studying abroad. If you have special circumstances and cannot meet this requirement you must request special permission using the online appeal form available through the Bryan Undergraduate Student Services website
- You are expected to complete four semesters of the foreign language before you may participate in a study abroad program with courses taught only in the native language of that country
- You will be able to take upper-level language courses, country or regional-specific courses, as well as courses required for your major while you are abroad
- For students studying Italian as their language for the INTB major: you must take all available Italian classes here at UNCG, then study Italian language with our partner in Italy in order to meet the requirement for the major
- American Sign Language, Latin, and Greek at UNCG are not acceptable foreign languages for INTB majors
- You may choose a UNCG faculty-led cultural or a language-intensive Summer program at any point during your time at UNCG
- Some partner institutions offer a variety of summer course options but they may be fee-based programs and financial aid may not apply. If interested in these exchange partner summer programs you must work with the International Programs Center in order to receive credit at UNCG
- Academically sound summer programs are typically a minimum of 4 weeks, in country. Expect to take only 3 or 6 credit hours worth of courses as part of any summer program
- Travel grant funds are limited during the Summer semester and you should expect to have greater personal costs for short-term programs
You can start your study abroad conversation at any time with your assigned Academic Advisor. Schedule an appointment using Starfish in Blackboard. Advisors with the International Programs Center (IPC) in 207 Foust can also be helpful. Call IPC directly at 336-334-5404 for more information.
To participate in a Bryan School Study Abroad Interest Meeting during Fall and Spring semesters call 336-334-5928 to reserve a seat in the next open session.