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Study Abroad & Away Programs

The Illinois Tech Study Abroad Office administers several types of study abroad and away programs in countries all over the world. These program types are further explained below. Programs are available year-round, including during the academic year, fall and spring semesters, summer, and winter and spring breaks. You can expand upon a current course of study, focus on learning a foreign language, fulfill major course requirements or experiment with various elective requirements.
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Study & Away Program Types

Why is the program type important?  

The program type determines how your financial aid will work! You can learn more here

Faculty-led Programs

Faculty-led programs are created and led by our own esteemed Illinois Tech faculty! This means that these programs are specifically designed for what IIT students need and on top of that, programs are very hands-on and interactive. Students pay tuition to IIT and financial aid works as if they are still on campus. Credit is IIT credit, not transfer credit, and it will count towards students’ GPA. These programs include international and domestic opportunities! 

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Exchange Programs
Exchange programs work on the principle of a one-for-one exchange of students, with a balance of students being maintained on a rolling basis. You pay IIT tuition for the term you are abroad, in order to take courses at a foreign institution alongside students from the host country. Your institutional and federal aid will still apply. Proficiency in the host language may be required, though there are many universities around the world in which the language of instruction is English.
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Partner Programs
Partner programs are similar to exchange programs in that you take courses at the host institution with whom we have a relationship; however, you pay tuition directly to the school and only federal aid may apply.
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Provider Programs
Provider programs are conducted either in foreign institutions or a special program center. You pay one fee to a program provider, and it often includes tuition, housing, insurance, and some field trips. Federal aid may apply and many providers offer scholarship competitions.

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