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Study Abroad & Exchange Programs

We want you to go away -- literally! For history majors, as for all students, study abroad is a great opportunity for academic enhancement, cultural enrichment and personal growth. And it's a blast.

Study abroad is for everyone! The Department of History strongly encourages all undergraduates to travel and study abroad during their time at Purdue. Options range widely in terms of time commitment and cost – but financial aid is available. It's an investment that can pay off handsomely in the long run: today's employers pay special heed to applicants with significant cross-cultural experience.

Types of Programs

Departmental Study Abroad programs led by Purdue professors give students a chance to look around overseas in a relatively encapsulated fashion. Spring Break and Maymester courses are offered nearly every year. Such courses feature an intensive learning environment with Purdue faculty members.

Exchange programs allow students to study directly at foreign universities for the same cost as Purdue's tuition (or less!). Purdue has exchange agreements in place with universities across the globe, including Strasbourg, Monterrey, and Beijing. At many institutions, the instruction is in English – including, of course, partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom! Students in semester-long exchange programs will typically earn 12-15 hours of history credits. Click here for more information.

Co-sponsored programs organized by other American universities, or by various international consortia, offer English-language courses in a variety of foreign locales. Students can typically choose among summer, semester-long, or year-long options. Such programs are designed with the needs of American students in mind, featuring courses in a number of different academic disciplines; so they are especially useful for sophomores or juniors seeking to complete distribution requirements in the College of Liberal Arts curriculum.

Summer internships in London and Sydney are offered by Purdue's Study Abroad staff. Such internships offer first-hand work experience and can also earn college credit in the Department of History.

Study Abroad Advising

For nearby information about Study Abroad options, see the History Department’s Study Abroad Liaison, Will Gray, in UNIV 328. Write to for an appointment!

For general Study Abroad advising, Kyle Everman makes appointments with CLA students. Write to

Finally, the Study Abroad office in Young Hall represents a central information point for all sorts of questions. Check out the Study Abroad web page today!