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Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

Studying abroad isn’t just taking a trip.  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world and gain resume-building experience while earning college credits.  And with programs lasting as few as one week and financial aid available, it’s an opportunity you cannot afford to miss!

Faculty-Led programs last roughly one to six weeks, include 10-30 students and are led by APSU faculty members.  You can usually earn between three and eight APSU credit-hours in these programs. Some of the Faculty-Led programs offer service-learning oportunities. 

Exchange programs last a semester or a full academic year. You will study at a partner institution, earning at least 12 APSU credit-hours per semester.  Rather than traveling with a group of APSU students and faculty, you will travel independently, immersing yourself in the academic experience and host country’s culture.

Consortium programs are study-abroad programs organized – and shared – by several institutions. If you choose to take part in a consortium program, you will travel with students and faculty from other universities but earn APSU credit-hours. 

Internships abroad offer the opportunity to work in an international setting. These placements are typically unpaid and can last anywhere from five to nine weeks.


  • Employers value the skills you will gain through study-abroad experiences. As you adapt to foreign cultures and customs, you’ll become more flexible, confident and able to effectively interact in diverse environments – traits employers are seeking.

  • It will enhance your college career by exposing students to practical learning experiences.

  • It will open your eyes. You’ll return with a new perspective of your home culture and an appreciation for the unique differences you’ll find among world cultures. It’s hard to fully understand your culture when you’re immersed in it. When you study abroad, you’ll have the chance to compare and contrast life in your country with that of another.

  • Your international experiences and the friends you make abroad will help you better understand who you are, how the world works and how you fit in.

  • It’s fun! You’ll become familiar with a foreign country while you travel to exotic destinations that many people never have the opportunity to explore.

  • It’s an exciting way to experience the world while earning APSU credits.

Student Testimonies

"Studying abroad in Spain gave me the opportunity to experience and entirely different culture. From the beautiful architeture to the amazing people and food, Spain has opened my eyes to life on the other side of the world. It has also shown me that we as people are not so much different from one another."                                                                                                                             Nathaniel, Spain 2014

“Studying abroad with the service learning component of education is an experience unlike other. Being able to study in London allowed me to not only learn the material, but to get to see what I learned from books happening in the real world. I have a busy life and was happy to find out that I could still get this practical experience becuase the time abroad was only during Spring Break.”                                                                                                                                              Kaylee, London 2014

"Studying abroad has changed me by allowing me to realize that the hardest challenges that place me out of my comfort zone, reap the best results for growth and prepare me for even greater challenges in the future."                                                                                                                                                                                     Angela, Quebec 2009

"Studying abroad is so important in life. It gives you the experience of going to a foreign country and living the life there and learning about the culture and the language of that country. It gives you a better understanding of the world around you. I think you become who you really want to be when you go abroad. It is the opportunity to let go and be yourself. You are able to make life-long friendships because there are others around you going through a similar experience as you and that creates a great bond."                                                                                                                                 Danielle, France 2009

Continue exploring this site to learn more about the programs and other opportunities available to you. If you have questions, please call the Office of International Education at (931) 221-6851 or email

 If you are a parent, we offer a Parent's Survival Guide to Study Abroad at the link bellow or on the main menu to your left:

Parent's Survival Guide to Study Abroad