All IAS majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in one of Washington University’s overseas programs. Studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or a year opens up a world of possibilities and encourages you to embark on a lifelong journey of international education. You will have the opportunity to experience other cultures, improve your foreign-language skills, and study specialized subjects.
For those IAS majors who do not study abroad for IAS credit in a country relevant to their concentration, an additional 3-unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
Spending time in a different area of the world can be an especially valuable complement to your IAS studies, and many courses may count toward your major. In addition, all IAS majors are strongly encouraged to conduct independent research while abroad. Note: there are special requirements for students who conduct independent research involving human participants; the WUSTL Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) website has information for undergraduates conducting research, including information for students who conduct research abroad, and a special section for SIT program participants. Please see the Research page for more information about undergraduate research in IAS.
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The Office of Overseas Programs coordinates study abroad for all Arts & Sciences majors. For general questions about the application procedure and specific programs, please consult the Overseas Programs website. For a list of study abroad programs approved for IAS majors, visit the Overseas Programs Database and select International and Area Studies under the Approved Department(s) menu.
For questions about how study abroad will fit in with your IAS major and course approval for study abroad courses, consult the menu options to the left of this page.
I definitely recommend studying abroad! It's a great opportunity to really learn more about the world and your own interests as well. The semester I spent on the WU Program in Santiago, Chile was one of my favorite semesters in college, and when I came back I was able to use what I had learned to enhance many of my Wash U classes. For example, I took a Chinese language class in Chile and ended up writing a senior honors thesis on historical Chinese immigration to Latin America. After graduation I moved to Shenzhen, China to teach English, improve my Mandarin, and gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. Learn more about Lauren's experience abroad.