Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad is a unique and powerful experience that affords eye-opening, challenging, and experiential learning opportunities. When you study abroad, you live abroad – becoming a member of a new culture and country.
TCU students have the opportunity to live, study, and intern all over the world. You might find yourself collaborating with community leaders in Panama to explore sustainability, interning in London to deepen your knowledge of international business, studying art in the shadow of Florentine masters, or improving your language skills by living with a host family. The possibilities are endless.
While abroad, you cultivate cross-cultural communication skills, creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, adaptability, self-reliance, and international awareness. Our students return to TCU with new skillsets and perspectives, better equipped to succeed in the global economy.
Where Can I Go?
TCU students can study abroad on yearlong, semester and summer programs in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. TCU runs its own semester programs in Florence, London, Madrid, Rome and Seville. Each year, the university also offers 15 – 20 summer faculty-led programs around the world.
Through our Partner Programs, TCU students can study abroad in even more places, from China to South Africa. Other types of international opportunities include the TCU Global Academy and international internship programs. You can explore all of our programs using the Program Search.
What Credit Can I Get?
Students always earn TCU credit when they study abroad, including on the Partner Programs. Grades count towards the TCU GPA and each class counts towards a student’s major, minor, core or elective credits. Some classes are easier to find than others, so it’s important to speak with your academic advisor and plan ahead.
TCU Semester & TCU Partner Programs
On the TCU Semester and Partner Programs, it’s easy to find major and minor elective credits, general electives, upper-division hours, and much of the TCU Core Curriculum, including FAR, HUM, SSC, HT, LT and RT. Semester students can also earn CA.
It is harder to satisfy specific equivalencies for the major or minor and difficult to find NSC, MTH, and OCO. Students cannot receive CSV, GA, and WEM on these programs.
TCU Summer Programs
TCU Summer programs are led by TCU faculty, and their courses can carry any type of TCU credit (including CSV, GA, and WEM). Exact courses vary by program and change every year.
Internships typically count as general elective credit. In some cases, students can earn major or minor elective credit, but this depends on the internship placement and department policies.
How Can I Get Started?
- Meet with your academic advisor to determine how study abroad fits into your degree plan. Determine when you should study abroad. Save classes that you plan to take abroad.
- Explore program options, eligibility requirements, and available courses by using the Program Search to navigate to individual program pages.
- Stop by Reed 214 to speak with a Peer Advisor in order to begin the study abroad advising process. Walk-in hours are Monday – Thursday from 2 – 4 pm.
- Attend a Group Advising or Info Session with Center staff to learn more about individual programs and applications.
- Begin your application. Semester students apply the semester before they go abroad. Summer students apply between October and January.