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Programs

Students choosing programsOver 3,000 DU students have studied in 57 nations since 2004 on various types of programs.

Click here for a brief side-by-side explanation of DU Partner Programs and unaffiliated programs.

Most DU undergraduates to choose to participate on one of our DU Partner Programs.

DU has partnerships with approximately 150 study abroad programs and universities around the world.  Programs are categorized as Foundational, Language, Specialized or Exchange.  Applicants to Exchange programs must plan to study abroad for an academic year.  Applicants to Foundational, Specialized or Language programs may only apply for one term, though in limited cases students may be permitted to extend to an academic year after the program has begun.

Foundational programs are primarily direct relationships with English-speaking universities (usually in English-speaking countries).  These programs will have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, dependent on the host university's requirements. In most cases, DU students will be assured of a placement on a Foundational program, provided that they fulfill requirements and are approved by the host institution. Click here for a list of foundational programs.

Language programs are those in which students generally take six quarter credits or more of language credit.  These programs will also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.  If the language is taught at DU, students will be required to have completed DU's language requirement prior to participation on the program (many programs/host universities will have higher language requirements).  If the language is not taught at DU, students will be encouraged when possible to begin language study either independently or through our Center for World Languages and Cultures prior to study abroad.

Specialized programs will offer a more specialized academic or curricular focus.  The minimum GPA for these programs will be 3.3 to 3.5, and students must demonstrate a specific academic rationale for nomination to the program.  Some specialized programs require that applicants have a specific major or minor, while others list preferred majors/ minors.  Certain specialized programs may also have language requirements and/ or offer significant language study opportunities.

Exchanges are our reciprocal relationships with universities around the world, and students who participate on exchanges will be required to study abroad for an academic year.

You can find each program's specific eligibility requirements and program category on the DU Program Summaries.

The variety of offerings in education abroad has grown tremendously over the last 50 years, and there are now several programs to fit just about any student's needs and goals. There are so many options, in fact, that just choosing one program can prove to be extremely difficult; that's why we have included some instructions on how to get started and how to go about choosing your program, and that's also why we hold a variety of information sessions.

Knowing what type of program you're looking for before you browse the over 150 study abroad destinations will prove to be very useful if you begin to feel overwhelmed.