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Digital Culture

Why you should study abroad

Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:

  • Improving your cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;

  • Challenging you to adapt to unfamiliar social and cultural circumstances;

  • Exposing you to diverse cultural environments and differences worldwide;

  • Enhancing your resume and portfolio with the invaluable experience of going abroad

A Message from the School of Art, Media and Engineering

“ASU offers a wide variety of study abroad programs that will allow you to reach outside your comfort zone and learn to grow with the world around you. Through these programs, you will not only have the chance to learn about various cultures and languages but also seize the opportunity to take in the broad uses of technology and its impact on a global scale. These are only some of the ways the study abroad programs can impact your life and the surrounding lives across the globe. I highly recommend studying abroad to broaden your horizons and open new pathways to your future.”

- Pavan Turaga - Interim Director, School of Arts, Media and Engineering 

Planning Your Program

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a Digital Culture major, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. Check out our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall -Spring Begin researching study abroad programs
Year 2

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall-Spring
  • Early in Fall, apply to Winter Break or Spring study abroad programs
  • Option 1: Complete a winter break, spring semester, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4

Non-optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring
  • Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program
  • Your final semester should be back at ASU to ensure you complete all remaining degree requirements

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the Digital Culture program

Across the diverse programs in which students may choose to study abroad, most major specific courses need to be completed at ASU. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your General Studies or Elective credits.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

  • Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What classes are only offered in Fall or Spring that study abroad may impact?

  • Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad. 

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Zoom.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.

  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Interdisciplinary B (INTDSB) Room 255.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?

  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?

  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?

  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?

  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for up front?

  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Global Education Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through fall and spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although Herberger students can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the following programs are recommended.



Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Portugal
Unique Features: Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and take part in a life-changing experience! The goal of this program is to go from an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days. The program is designed to offer students an experiential learning opportunity that affords deep insight into the real startup life. Porto, located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, has public art is everywhere, from azulejos decorating metro stations to street art decorating medieval walls.