Study Abroad

Studying abroad in BarcelonaOne of the goals of the College of Business is that every undergraduate will have an international experience. The Business International Programs office, located in 1055 BIF, offers semester-long exchange programs in top business schools in Asia, Australia and Europe, where students take upper-level business classes. Exchange programs are the cheapest study abroad option available, and some of our programs cost less than a semester at Illinois. Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Who Can Participate in a Study Abroad Semester Program?

  • You must be enrolled in the College of Business in order to apply.
  • You must have at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA.
  • You must have completed at least one year of course work on the UIUC campus (or one semester for off-campus transfer students.)
  • It is strongly recommended not to study abroad during your last semester, because it will delay graduation.

When Is the Application Due?

The application deadline is September 15 or February 15 of the semester before
you will be studying abroad. The application is online and can be found at

How Do I Choose Where To Go?

Make an appointment with Dean Gozdziak in 1055 BIF to discuss which programs would work best for you. Considerations generally include location preference, course availability, cost and program dates.

Grading and Credits

Classes can be taken during study abroad for credit/no credit or for a grade. For classes taken for a “grade,” the grade will be listed on the University of Illinois transcript and will be averaged in with the GPA. Classes taken for “credit/no credit” will be listed on the University of Illinois transcript, as well as whether the student passed or failed the class, but the grades received in classes taken for “credit/no credit” will not alter the student’s GPA. Students have until the midpoint of the class to inform the Business International Programs Office of any changes to whether courses are being taken for grade or credit/no credit.

Course Requirements and Limitations by Major

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Number of Hours Required

Students are required to take at least the minimum number of hours required by the host university to be considered full-time students academically at UIUC. For financial aid purposes, students must be considered full-time by taking the equivalent of 12 UIUC hours during the semester or 6 UIUC hours during the summer.

Gen Ed Courses

Gen ed courses can be taken abroad for a grade or credit/no credit.

Students cannot take Advanced Composition abroad unless it has been approved by LAS.

Core Courses

Students from all majors can take core courses abroad.

  • Accountancy 201 and 202 cannot be taken abroad.
  • Students can only take one BADM core course abroad.

There is currently no limit to the number of core courses (other than BADM), Gen Ed courses or elective courses (NOT including major elective courses) taken abroad. 

Accountancy Majors

Accountancy students cannot take any accountancy classes (including Accy 201 and 202) for their major abroad except at Nanyang University in Singapore. 

When calculating the GPA used for graduate program admission, the Accountancy Department will count business courses with a grade of CR as C– while courses with a grade of NC will be treated as an F. Business courses include those in business administration, finance, and economics. Therefore, it is recommended that Accountancy majors take all business courses for a grade.

Finance Majors

Finance students can take 2 major courses abroad including major elective courses. 

FIN 300 (Financial Markets) cannot be taken abroad. 

Business Administration (NOT including International Business)

Most BADM majors can take 4 BADM courses abroad (including one of the following: BADM 300, 310 or 320.)  Basically you can take 3 courses for your major/major elective and a core course, not 4 major courses. See your specific major for other restrictions.

International Business Students

International Business students can take a maximum of 4 (NOT 5) BADM courses abroad from the following list—2 major courses, 2 major electives and 1 BADM core.

Dual Degrees

Students who are pursuing a dual degree can transfer back to the College of Business courses towards each major. The course limitations for each degree will apply

Students Studying Abroad for Multiple Semesters

For students studying abroad for multiple semesters, Business International Programs will work with your department on how many classes you can take toward your major during study abroad. You can only study abroad for one semester through the College of Business programs. If you want to study abroad longer, you will need to also do a program from another office.

Business Minor

Students are not able to take classes abroad towards a Business Minor.

Repeating a Course During Study Abroad

If you take a course abroad for a grade that you have already taken at U of I, you will not receive hours towards graduation for the course, but your grade will be the average of the 2 grades. Make sure that without those hours, you still have enough hours to meet the minimum required for full-time status at the foreign institution.

If you take a course abroad for credit/no credit that you’ve already taken at U of I, you will not receive hours towards graduation for the course. Make sure that you still have enough hours to meet the minimum required for full-time status at the foreign institution.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Detailed program information for the College of Business study abroad options can be found at

Short-term Study Abroad Programs

The College of Business also offers short-term study abroad programs during breaks.

Other Study Abroad Offices

Students preferring to focus on general education requirements or on foreign-language study should check out the programs available through the Campus Study Abroad Office in 124 International Studies Building,


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