We live in an increasingly global world. Study abroad experiences give students the opportunity to learn more about other cultures, acquire and improve language skills, and enhance their academic training. UO students interested in study abroad should first investigate opportunities at the Office of International Education. UO students can choose from over 80 programs across 50 countries and programs range from 3 months to a year long. Study abroad programs also vary in prerequisite language requirements, from beginning to advanced language skills. Interestingly, it is not necessarily more expensive to study abroad than studying at the UO, depending on the program you choose, and financial aid and scholarships are available. In addition, there are a number of very prestigious scholarships available for study abroad, such as Fullbright and Rhodes scholarships.
Important considerations for economics majors studying abroad
The vast majority of study abroad programs have limited offerings in economics. The most common offerings are principles of economics courses (EC 201 and 202), with some programs offering intermediate economics courses (EC 311 and 313) and some 300-level field courses. This means that study abroad experiences take some advance planning and are best done in the sophomore or junior years, before a student is taking the main upper-division courses (such as Econometrics 420 and 421 and other 400-level field courses) for their economics major. Study abroad programs that are not a full year in length can be manageable for a senior who has set up their coursework appropriately in advance. For example, one could “save” 300-level economics field courses for your study abroad quarter, if the program offers such courses.
Importantly, once you have identified a study abroad program you are interested in, you should bring course descriptions and other relevant information of the economics courses you hope will transfer appropriately for your major to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the economics department. The Director can review the courses and provide an assessment of UO equivalency of the economics courses in advance of your enrollment in the program. Staff of the Office of International Education should be able to help you understand how other courses in the program may meet UO general education requirements.
Places where recent UO economics majors have studied abroad
San Jose, Costa Rica
Prague, Czech Republic
Study abroad programs at UO which specifically offer economics and/or business courses
Copenhagen School of Business, Denmark
Cologne, Germany (Carl Duisburg Centers)
Budapest, Hungary (Budapest University of Economic Sciences)
Tokyo, Japan (Senshu University)
Seoul, South Korea (Ewha Womans University and Yonsei University)
Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, Mexico (ITESM program)
Warsaw, Poland (Warsaw School of Economics)
Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia
Paderna del Grappa, Italy
Note that there are many other study abroad programs that offer a wide range of course and may include economics and business courses as well. Check with the Office of International Programs for more information.