Study abroad is a transformative experience that can enhance your worldview, make you more marketable to employers, and allow you to grow as a person. However, planning to make your study abroad a success is important. Be sure to consider why you want to study abroad and what your academic, professional, and personal goals are, and how study abroad can help you reach them.

To get you started, consider the following:

Ensure you understand the eligibility criteria.

  • Class standing: Business study abroad programs require sophomore (24 credits) or junior (54 credits) standing by the time you study abroad.
  • GPA: Students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Academic progress: You must have completed at least nine (9) credits of business or economics and be making satisfactory academic progress toward your degree.
  • Language requirements: While most programs do not have a foreign language requirement, some may have a specific requirement.
  • Program-specific requirements: Check for any program-specific requirements.

Review the program-specific information for the programs you are considering.

  • Pay attention to the courses offered, program costs, term dates, and scholarships.
  • Look at many different programs. You may find that the best match for you is in a part of the world you hadn’t previously considered!

Start thinking about finances.

  • Financial aid may be applied to programs four weeks or longer. Most aid (need-based and scholarships) you already have can apply to study abroad costs.
  • There are a number of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.

Begin academic and career planning early.

  • Inform your academic and career advisors of your plans to study abroad.
  • Review course offerings and University of Wisconsin-Madison equivalents on the International Programs website.
  • Choose the courses you will take at UW-Madison while keeping the following in mind:
    • Consider saving business breadth courses to take abroad as this provides considerable flexibility in course selection.
    • Gen Bus 300, Gen Bus 301, Comm B, and ethnic studies courses are rarely offered abroad, so consider taking them while at UW-Madison.
    • Take the 300-level introductory course for your business major at UW-Madison.
    • You may take a maximum of two courses in your business major while abroad, except for International Business courses.
    • Check with your academic advisor for specific regulations.
  • Consider how program dates may impact on-campus recruiting, internships, and other career-related activities.

Get advice from a past participant.

  • Visit International Programs in 3164 Grainger Hall to speak with one of the International Programs coordinators who recently returned from studying abroad.
  • Attend the Business Study Abroad Fair and other events to speak with past business study abroad participants.
  • Contact a volunteer from the Returned Participant Network.
  • Check out the Business Badgers Abroad Blog for firsthand accounts of students abroad.

Apply! Space may be limited in some programs!

  • Applications are typically due March 1 of the previous academic year. Some programs may have earlier deadlines. The application process will re-open in the fall semester for those programs with space available for the spring semester.