Getting Started

With so many options for education abroad, you should start by asking yourself what you want to learn and where. Then there are some practical considerations.

University-run programs like EuroSpring are often more convenient and affordable because students pay regular tuition and fees. If a university program doesn’t fulfill your academic and travel goals, you can explore Exchange Programs, independent study or programs offered through another organization.


Students participating in education abroad programs must meet the following BSU requirements:

  • Have a least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be at least a sophomore at the time of their exchange
  • Enroll in INTL 1130 the semester prior to their exchange experience
  • Enroll in INTL 2100 the semester of your exchange experience

To give yourself enough time, you should begin preparing for your exchange a year before you plan to go. Please note that some of our exchange partners may require a different GPA/academic standing than those from BSU.

Explore by Country

Several BSU departments offer programs that focus on a specific subject in a particular region. Explore our department programs to see if any of them meet your goals. You can also browse BSU Exchange Programs by country.

If you’re interested in arranging an independent study abroad, visit or to search programs by country, language or subject. Don’t rule out a country solely because the native language is not English. Some countries offer classes taught in English.


The cost of education abroad programs can vary greatly, so shop around. Don’t forget to consider extra expenses such as housing, food, insurance and transportation. One program may appear less costly than another, though it may not be once you factor in additional expenses. Try comparing the cost to what you would have spent at home. The costs of studying abroad won’t seem as overwhelming when you compare the costs to what you would normally spend at home.

Before You Go

  • Talk to your advisor about degree requirements and which classes will count toward graduation.
  • Read up on the history and culture of your future host country.
  • Research health and safety information. Some countries require inoculations such as Hepatitis A, that require multiple vaccinations.
  • Apply for scholarships available for education abroad, especially if you are going outside of Europe. However, it may take a lot of research and some have early deadlines. Check to see if on-campus financial aid and scholarships can be used towards education abroad.