Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

  •  Develop different sociological viewpoints and global perspectives

  • Learn first-hand about different cultures

  • Understanding human behavior and its relationship to society in other countries/cultures

  • Improve communication skills enhance language skills in non-English speaking countries

  • Gain global experience that can assist in the workforce

A Message from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

Study abroad will change you – jump in, earn credits toward your major, learn some comparative research methods, add a terrific line to your resume and explore a part of the world few people get to see up close and personal.

- Paul C. Lepore, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, you should be able to easily fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. A brief timeline of possible planning for a program abroad follows:

Year Term Recommmend Student Action
Year 1 Spring

Begin thinking of Global Education possibilities such as exploring locations of interest

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 session
  • Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program Workshop
Year 2 Fall/Spring/Summer

Identify a Global Education program focused on your interests and needs

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your interests
  • Consider possible scholarships, grants, and other funding opportunities - Plan ahead!
  • Visit The Futures Center in Armstrong Hall to investigate careers and/or graduate schools that may be enhanced through a Global Education program.
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring

Decide on programs of interest, and follow up with the Global Education Office

  • Many popular summer programs will be full by December - So apply early!
  • Know the deadlines for any programs you may be interested in (when the application goes live, etc.)
  • Know which courses you will receive credit for as part of your Global Education program
  • Complete a fall or spring Global Education program
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4 Fall - Spring Meet with an Academic Advisor to verify applicable Global Education course credit has been received

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) general electives. Focus on taking your specific major and general studies requirements first at ASU and wait to take your general electives. This will free up general electives for your Global Education experience.

Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how Global Education credits will apply toward your degree.

Advice from the Global Education 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 GEO 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 upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

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

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will a Global Education program impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meet With the Global Education 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.

  • Stop by the Global Education Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Global Education Office website.
  • 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 Global Education 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 Global Education 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 Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Global Education 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 upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?

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 Sociology majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Finland
Unique Features: Find out why the Finnish educational system produces the smartest kids in the world by visiting one the most beautiful Nordic cities on a two-week adventure to Helsinki, including a visit to the country of Estonia and the medieval city of Tallinn and a day-trip to Finland’s original capital the 13th-century city of Turku. Take a deep dive exploring K-12 schooling outside of the United States and experience first-hand the educational system of Finland, a known leader in education.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Spain
Unique Features: This traveling seminar offers a comprehensive overview of cross-cultural psychology and immigration phenomena. Students will live in the vibrant Mediterranean seaside town of Valencia, and then travel to Granada, Seville and Madrid. While in Valencia, students will stay in family homestays, an arrangement that allows you to tune in to the daily rhythms and cultural influences of Spanish life. Students will participate in numerous cultural activities, including a flamenco show, paella cooking class, guided bicycle tour and more! Spanish language experience is not a requirement on this program.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: This seven week program is designed for ASU students of any major interested in participating in a powerful, individualized international internship in Dublin. One of the premier capital cities of Europe, Dublin is a historic and contemporary cultural center and Ireland’s hub for education, the arts, government, economy and industry. In addition to working four days per week, students will either enroll in a seminar-style course that focuses on Ireland's role in the global workplace or complete an independent research project.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Various locations in Europe, Asia, and more
Unique Features: The Open Campus program offers flexibility to engage and experience multiple countries in your own way. Pair two or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. Select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose your electives from a wide range of available courses and subject areas. Each block will be spent in a different city.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Spend a semester in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose while completing up to three courses of college-level Spanish as well as additional electives in areas such as environmental studies and sustainability! Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease the transition into your study abroad experience, and consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to work in the local community. Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Playa Tamarindo!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Multi-Country
Unique Features: Semester itineraries traverse the globe and make port in interesting and diverse destinations that allow students to experience local culture. Port stays provide engaging learning opportunities through in-country field programs and labs as well as independent excursions. Your primary home away from home will be the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea's passenger ship is outfitted as a globe-exploring university; a living-learning community that provides a platform for discussion, coursework, and deep connections all while traveling to new locations.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Czech Republic
Unique Features: Discover the cultural and historical richness of Prague and Central Europe. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature, art, architecture, and culture enclosed in the beautiful scenery of the city, including its walls, castles and frescoes. Enroll in 12-18 credits from a wide range of courses with a focus on Central Europe and the Czech republic in disciplines such as Sociology, business, history, psychology and the arts. Complete an optional 1-credit field study in Vienna and Budapest to explore the surrounding region.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: South Korea
Unique Features: Hanyang University is a comprehensive private research university in Seoul, South Korea. The heritage and tourism scene within Seoul is undeniable, with fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies all vying for your attention, along with modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls and the world-famous K-Pop scene. ASU students may choose from over 1,000 courses taught in English, across a variety of disciplines.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Leeds is a Red brick university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Established in 1904, it is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, and students studying at the university are taught alongside local and international students. Renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research, the University of Leeds is a traditional campus setting that is a 10-minute walk to the city center.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Manchester's degree programs are career-oriented and designed with input from industry and commerce to ensure students develop skills relevant to today's workplace. Manchester is the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. The Greater Manchester area is home to 2.6 million residents and offers a rich and bustling atmosphere with social, sporting, and artistic venues. It is a lively, friendly city of more than 75,000 students from four different universities.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Roehampton has a rich educational history, a traditional campus experience, high-quality teaching and research, and a strong focus on students. High-quality facilities and teaching by experts who are leaders in their fields, academics at Roehampton is designed to help students reach their potential.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: New Zealand
Unique Features: The University of Waikato is located in a region of lush green hills, forests, farmland, lakes and rivers in the North Island of New Zealand. The Hamilton-Waikato region was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Students studying at the University of Waikato have access to a variety of courses and can interact with the more than 2,000 international students that the university welcomes each year.