Last year, Boise State students scattered to the four corners of the globe to study abroad.  They learned Arabic in Morocco, interned for a software company in Spain, taught English in Italy, and studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica.  The Boise State International Learning Opportunities office offers all these opportunities and more to students interested in spending a semester, summer, or year away.

Studying abroad is the perfect way to expand your horizons, improve your language skills, or immerse yourself in another culture.  Because students earn Boise State credits while abroad, studying abroad does not have to delay graduation, nor is it limited strictly to Language and Art History majors.  We have sent Engineering students to Germany, International Business majors to China, and future teachers to Italy!

Increasingly, students are taking advantage of the opportunity to intern or teach while abroad, gaining valuable professional and cultural experience.   2014 Commencement speaker Jamie Lundergreen spent a semester studying in Alicante, Spain, where she lived with a host family and served as a Spanish tutor, and in turn gained firsthand insight into the culture spending time with her Spanish peers.  Top Ten Scholar Cassie Sullivan spent a semester in Istanbul, Turkey, where she gained invaluable experience serving as an intern for the U.S. Consulate General.  Internships are available in a wide range of fields including business, health care, teaching, and journalism among others, and can serve as a wonderful way to distinguish your resume.

Thanks to financial aid and scholarships, studying abroad can be more affordable than you think.  All federal financial aid can be used, and students are eligible to apply for a number of additional scholarships.  Last year, ILO awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships and Boise State students received another $30,000 in federal government scholarship awards.

Maybe your academic plan is very specific or Japan just feels too far away.  If the beaches of Hawaii or the concrete jungle of New York City are calling your name, we offer the opportunity to participate in the National Student Exchange.  Through NSE, students can study at one of more than two hundred schools across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rice, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore another part of the country, to take courses Boise State doesn’t offer, or to scout out options for graduate schools.  NSE students pay either Boise State tuition or the host university’s in-state tuition.

Studying away is more than just an opportunity to take a few classes, learn German, and see the Eiffel Tower.  It is truly an opportunity to see the world through different eyes; to live as a local, rather than to visit as a tourist; to have the experience of a lifetime.

The ILO office is located in the Simplot Micron Technology Center Room 101 (between the Education Building and the old Business Building). Stop in and see us anytime between 8am-5pm on weekdays. Or, give us a call at (208) 426-2630.