Carnegie Mellon University

Study and Travel Abroad

Students routinely report that international experiences during college were the most valuable and transformative of their lives. These are times of growth and change in many areas: academic, professional, personal, and intercultural. Students report that studying, traveling or working abroad provided them with increased problem-solving skills, improved foreign language proficiency, and led to new professional contacts, more independence, an enhanced awareness and appreciation of their home culture, and a stronger interest in and appreciation for other cultures. In all of these ways, study and travel abroad reflect all of the key elements of “experiential learning” at its best.

Study and travel abroad have become increasingly popular among Dietrich College undergraduates. These consist of traditional study abroad programs during a semester or summer, as well as service-learning trips during winter or spring breaks, summer-long internships, etc.

The university's Office of International Education (OIE) works with undergraduate students to develop goals and learning objectives for study and travel abroad, to identify programs that align with student interests and needs, to develop detailed plans for study or travel abroad, and to prepare students for the experience of living, studying, traveling or working abroad.

To learn more, meet with the Dietrich College study abroad advisor, Erin Swift, in the university’s Office of International Education, as well as your major advisor and your advisor in the college’s Academic Advisory Center.

Funding for Study and Travel Abroad