What is the study abroad requirement?
While study abroad is not a requirement for the IAS major, we strongly encourage it. Students unwilling or unable to study abroad for a semester, summer, or year for IAS credit must complete an additional 3 credit course at the 300 or 400 level to complete the IAS major.
Can courses taken abroad count toward the IAS major?
Yes, so long as the courses are relevant to your IAS concentration. Courses taken abroad may, where appropriate, fulfill world area and disciplinary requirements as well as advanced elective units. You may count up to 6 units toward your major requirements from a semester abroad, up to 3 units from a summer abroad, and up to 12 units from a year abroad. Please consult the Study Abroad Advisor for IAS, Dr. Jeremy Caddel (email@example.com) as early as possible about study abroad plans.
Can one of my language courses be taken abroad?
If you take a foreign language course at another institution (whether in the US or abroad), you shall receive credit for the course as part of the four-semester IAS foreign language requirement only if you take a placement exam upon return to WashU and the foreign language department determines that you may progress to the next highest level of language instruction.
Does my study abroad location have to correspond with my concentration?
Yes. For the majors in Eurasian Studies and European Studies, you must study abroad in the relevant world area. For all other concentrations, please consult the Study Abroad Advisor for IAS, Dr. Jeremy Caddel (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the study abroad location you choose does not correspond to your concentration, you must complete an additional 300 or 400 level course on campus.
Can the study abroad requirement be fulfilled with a program abroad if the credits are not to be counted towards IAS?
No. The exception to this is if you are studying abroad on a Washington Univeristy approved language program; this can, in some cases, fulfill credits toward your language requirement and represent your study abroad experience. Please consult the Study Abroad Advisor for IAS, Dr. Jeremy Caddel (email@example.com) about the language exception.
If I study abroad on a non-IAS approved program, do I need to take an extra course on campus?
Yes, and it must be at the 300 or 400 level.
Are there any grants available for study abroad or research?
Yes. Please consult Grants and Scholarships for a list of IAS-administered scholarships for study abroad programs and postgraduate research opportunities. For a longer list of potential funding sources, see the Global.wustl website.