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Why You Should Participate in a Global Education Program

Global Education programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set and have experiences that differentiate you from your classmates by:

  • Expanding your knowledge in diverse cultures, environments, and social circumstances;

  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication;

  • Enhancing your resume and musical skills with experiences abroad

A Message from the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre

ASU offers many exciting opportunities for study abroad experiences, ranging from a week or two to a semester. Studying abroad allows you to continue developing your skills in your major, along with developing an understanding of other forms of artistic expression in different national and cultural contexts. In addition, you can broaden your view of the world’s people as interconnected while also experiencing a city or country from the perspective of those who live there. Since many courses and programs are accepted as ASU equivalencies, with careful planning, you can spend time studying abroad and stay on track to graduation. Please include your advisor and one of the people below in your plans. In many cases, financial aid can be applied to study abroad programs. We encourage you to explore study abroad opportunities and to expand your engagement with arts, people, and the world.

— Constance Furr (Theatre), Margaret Schmidt (Music), Keith Thompson (Dance)

Planning Your Program

Planning Your Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

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

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall -Spring Begin researching Global Education programs
Year 2

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall-Spring Option 1: Complete a winter break, spring semester, spring break or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4

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

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the Interior Design program

Across the diverse programs in which students may choose to participate, most major specific courses need to be completed at ASU. Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your general studies requirements or elective credits.

Advice from the Global Education Office

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

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Global Education 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 Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education 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 Skype.

  • 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 inStudent Services Building (SSV) 278

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: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Founded in 1851, Manchester University is the largest of England's great civic universities with 28,000 undergraduate students. Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and highly respected worldwide for teaching excellence and innovative research, students can choose courses from a wide variety of subjects. Manchester University is located in the bustling city of Manchester, rich with social, sporting, and artistic venues. It is a lively, friendly city of more than 75,000 students from four different universities.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Take a variety of classes and immerse yourself in the Italian language with courses available through advanced levels of proficiency. Elective courses are taught in English, and students can take advantage of ISA-led excursions to other parts of Italy! Florence is perfect for first-time travelers and art lovers. With a population of roughly 380,000 people, Florence maintains a small-town feel allowing you to walk to any major area or monument within thirty minutes.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Located in a vibrant, urban environment with active subcultures in music, art and leisure, University of Glasgow is one of the oldest and largest universities in Great Britain. Music majors can take advantage of classes such as Bagpipes: History, Repertoire and Performance, and the city of Glasgow offers a feast for the ears with its live music scene that has launched the careers of Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, and Franz Ferdinand just to name a few.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and the Apicius International School of Hospitality (AISH) were founded in 1997 as one of Italy's leading private institutions for higher education. Students can choose between four different summer sessions, and can take back-to-back sessions. Italian language courses are available in beginning through advanced levels of proficiency, and elective courses are taught in English. Students can also choose to participate in an internship.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Calendar Year, Spring Semester
Country: Australia
Unique Features: One of Australia’s largest higher education institutions and ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities, Monash boasts approximately 70,000 students and welcomes over 1,000 exchange students every year. Students can choose from thousands of units (courses) across Monash's ten faculties, including a Study Abroad Specialization option that organizes units into engaging interdisciplinary themes. Melbourne is renowned for its restaurants, sports, trams, and a thriving nightlife and consistently ranks as one of the world's most liveable cities.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Leeds is a Redbrick university located in Leeds, England. The university has about 31,000 students, the eighth largest in the UK. From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 most applied to universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Leeds was named the 2017 University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide. All exchange students are taught alongside local and international students.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: At the University of Sussex, students can select courses from a variety of subjects and are taught alongside British and international students enrolled in full degree programs. Students experience a range of teaching methods that may include small group seminars and tutorials, lectures, and independent study. Located ten minutes from the Brighton city center, students can experience all the city has to offer: sun, sea, great places to eat, fabulous shops, a truly cosmopolitan vibe--and only an hour from London!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: Live in Cork City—one of the Lonely Planet World’s Top 10 Cities to Visit—whose identity is balanced between its charming historical heritage and modern cosmopolitan energy. Study at Ireland’s leading university, one of the oldest universities in the country and the only Irish university to achieve the unique status of Ireland’s first five-star university! Soak in the charms of the campus, which combines early and modern architecture, located in a wooded riverside setting and yet accessible to Cork’s city center.