Outgoing Study Abroad

Bryan Undergraduate Student Services

Suggestions for each class standing

  • 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, and 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 your personal and professional goals.
  • Ultimately, you would probably get more out of the study abroad experience as a junior than as a freshman.
  • You can take courses in business, a few general education courses, and 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.)

Bryan Undergraduate Student Services

Christina Pack

Director of Undergraduate Student Services and Retention

Bryan 137
[email protected]

Important Information

Paying For Study Abroad

  • 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

Bryan School Guidelines

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.

Types of Programs


Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity that requires extensive planning and research. The UNCG International Programs Center offers a variety of international education opportunities for undergraduate students. Bryan School faculty and academic advisors encourage students from each major to consider adding an international experience as part of their degree, and firmly believe that it is important for students to gain a meaningful international perspective before they graduate.

One of the wonderful options to consider is a semester or year long study abroad exchange programs with one of our many international partners. Many of which are AACSB accredited just like the Bryan School. So you would be able to take many of your business courses abroad and have them count towards your UNCG requirements.

Faculty Led

Faculty-led programs are study abroad programs developed and led by UNCG and/or Bryan School faculty members that focus a specific topic or foreign language. You may choose a UNCG faculty-led cultural or a language-intensive short term program at any point during your time at UNCG.

Short-term study abroad experiences led by faculty members can change from year to year. So it is important to do your research on what will be available when you want to go abroad. These programs have students and faculty travel together to various countries to learn more about the cultural aspects.

Lloyd Honors College has limited programs for their students. Visit their website for more information.


Academically-sound summer programs are typically a minimum of four weeks, in the country. Expect to take only three or six 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.

Some partner institutions offer a variety of summer course options but they may be fee-based programs and financial aid may not apply. If you are interested in these exchange partner summer programs, you must work with the International Programs Center in order to receive credit at UNCG.

Additional Details


The International Business Studies major is distinctive in the Bryan School by requiring experiences and competence in areas such as language and study abroad that are not required in other business programs. The need to understand other cultures, societies, and economies is met by requiring/ recommending more in liberal education and related areas than is required in General Education requirements for other business programs.

Please note: All students majoring in International Business Studies (INTB) are required to complete a significant international/global experience. You can work with your Bryan School advisor to discuss what this means for your academic path. You have a variety of options, so be sure to start planning early so your advisor can help in making your goals a reality.

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.

Ready to start your journey?

All Bryan School students must work with the International Programs Center (IPC) Study Abroad Advisors to discuss options and apply to participate in summer, semester, or academic year programs. An IPC advisor will work with each student to find the best fit at one of over 70 exchange partnership institutions. Most partner institutions teach courses in English, and students will work with their assigned Bryan School Academic Advisor to find classes that will meet requirements for their degree.

To learn more, schedule an appointment to talk with a Study Abroad Advisor by calling the IPC Office at (336) 334-5404 or by visiting 207 Foust. Their receptionist will work with you to schedule an “Options” appointment, where you will learn the basics about international program opportunities.

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