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Program Types

Program Types

Watch our Education Abroad 101 video about program types!
 
Curious about the difference between programs? Expand the buttons below to learn more about each type of mobility.  
 
Spend a semester at one of our partner institutions, while a student from the same institution comes to study at UT Dallas.  You'll pay tuition to UT Dallas and pay the host institution directly for room and board, books, and other fees.  The nomination process can be competitive; plan to apply 6-12 months before the start of your exchange semester. 
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Type of Credit: Transfer credit
  • Deadlines: February 15 for fall programs, July 15 for spring programs
  • How to Apply: Click the "Apply for Exchange" button on any of the program brochures to start a generic exchange application.  Within the application, you can indicate your interest in up to three exchange programs.  Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis after the deadline.
Interested in studying abroad with an entire group of UT Dallas students?  Faculty-led programs are UT Dallas courses with an international learning component.  Some programs have class meetings on campus throughout the semester with 7-10 days spent abroad, while others are taught entirely abroad over a 4-5 week period.
  • Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer (most are offered over the summer)
  • Type of Credit: UTD credit
  • Deadlines: varied but typically 3-4 months before the start of the program.  Plan to apply in late fall or early spring for summer faculty-led programs.
  • How to Apply: Click the "Apply Now" button on any of the program brochures. Once you complete the application checklist, the faculty leader or sponsoring department will review your application and determine your eligibility to participate.

*Note: Check back in the early fall for faculty-led/customized programs being offered next summer.
Spend a semester or summer studying abroad with a UTD-approved partner university or affiliated program provider.  You'll pay tuition, housing, and most other fees directly to the program provider.  A wide variety of programs are available: You can study tropical marine biology in Australia, traditional medicine in China, renewable energy in Iceland, and more. 
  • Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Type of Credit: Transfer credit
  • Deadlines: varied but typically 3-4 months before the start of the program
  • How to Apply: Click the "Apply Now" button on any of the program brochures to start the Education Abroad application.  You will also need to apply directly to the affiliate provider.  Applications are typically reviewed on a rolling basis.
   

*Note: Students participating in an affiliated partner program not listed in the portal should apply here.
Are you interested in gaining professional experience in a global setting?  Browse international internship opportunities online through The Intern Group, Global Engagement Institute, Global Experiences, or GoinGlobal.com (enter your UTD NetID and password, then click GoinGlobal). Once you've received an internship offer, you'll need to start an application in the Comets Abroad Portal and report your internship for departmental approval.
  • Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • Type of Credit: UTD credit or transcript notation
  • Deadlines: varied but typically 3-4 months before the start of the program
  • How to Apply: Once you've identified an internship opportunity, click the "Report Your Own Internship" button to start the Education Abroad application.  You will also need to report your internship for departmental approval:
 
An independent study is academic work that typically occurs outside the regular classroom structure.  Examples of previous independent studies include: cross-cultural comparisons of global healthcare, research in accelerator hardware, international political economy of South Africa, character animation, documentary on Muslim-Mexican identity, and classical guitar in Spain.  Students are responsible for identifying a UT Dallas professor who can supervise their coursework and serve as the instructor for their independent study course.
  • Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Type of Credit: UTD credit
  • Deadlines: varied but typically 3-4 months before the start of the program
  • How to Apply: Click the "Apply Now" button on the Independent Study program brochure to start the Education Abroad application. You should also meet with your academic advisor to review where an independent study course can fit within your degree plan and to identify professors who can supervise independent studies in your department.
 

*Note: JSOM students participating independently in community engagement, conferences or competitions abroad should apply here.
Academic research includes any academic work that does not earn credit but is funded with scholarships or other UT Dallas funding.  Examples may include dissertation research, non-credit language immersion, or service learning opportunities.  Approval by the funding department is required as part of the application.
  • Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Type of Credit: None
  • Deadlines: varied but typically 3-4 months before the start of the program
  • How to Apply: Click the "Apply Now" button on the Academic Research program brochure to start the Education Abroad application.