The best study abroad program is the one that works with your degree plan, career goals, and schedule and can also be applied toward your major. The questions below will help you decide which program best fits your needs.
- Do you want to receive academic credit toward your degree?
- When would you like to travel?
- Do you know which countries or universities complement your major or interests?
- Has a professor or academic advisor recommended a particular program?
- Are you interested in learning a foreign language or fulfilling language requirements abroad?
- Do you need to find a program where your scholarships will apply?
- Would you like to be in a large or small city?
- Is there a region, city, or culture you want to learn more about?
- Do you want to participate in the same program as friends from San Antonio or make new friends abroad?
Faculty-led programs are short term group-based programs that are directed by faculty members from the Alamo Colleges. Students pay regular tuition and fees in addition to a study abroad program fee which may include the application fee, airfare, lodging, entrance fees, in-country transportation, some meals, and mandatory insurance costs. Students participating in faculty-led programs receive academic credit for the classes they complete.
Exchange programs allow students from the Alamo Colleges to study at one of our 41 partner international universities. As an exchange student, you will attend classes with students from the host country while receiving Alamo College credit. Some partner universities offer a selection of courses that are taught in English and are designed specifically for foreign students. Students participating in exchange programs pay regular Alamo Colleges tuition and fees and are also responsible for the program application fee, mandatory insurance costs, meals, transportation, and lodging in the host country.
Third Party Provider Programs
Third party provider programs are organizations that have official agreements with the Alamo Colleges to provide automatic transfer credit for all courses completed at the partner institution. Students participating in third party provider programs do not pay Alamo Colleges tuition. Instead students pay a comprehensive fee for participation in the program. This fee typically includes a program fee or tuition for the host institution, lodging, and meals. Transportation is occasionally included as well. Program participants may take courses with students from the host country or with other American and international students. Review the details of each program carefully to choose the third party provider program that is best for you. Students participating in third party provider programs are required to pay the study abroad application fee and expenses for mandatory insurance.