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Study Abroad

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McKendree University encourages all Bearcats, starting sophomore year, to explore opportunities to study abroad. You can spend a semester studying in another country absorbing new cultures, languages and ways of life. All that while remaining enrolled at McKendree. Working with financial aid, your advisor and the transfer coordinator keep your McKendree graduation plans on track. These experiences also translate to an added edge when looking at graduate school or post graduate employment.

Students from all disciplines can now have this enriching and eye-opening adventure, where learning extends to the world beyond the classroom walls. The study abroad program is open to any student who has earned a minimum of 45 credit hours and has achieved a 2.75 GPA. To begin the application process contact the study abroad coordinator in Academic Records OLM 102.




McKendree University, in partnership with the IFSA, offers students study abroad opportunities at more than 90 colleges and universities in 15 countries. The McKendree Office of Study Abroad works in conjunction with IFSA staff to prepare students for the academic and cultural changes that await them. With offices around the world, IFSA provides onsite support to help students make the most of their study experiences, academic and personal services, and assistance from the time students apply until they return. For more information, click on the picture below.

McKendree University, in partnership with International Studies Abroad (ISA), offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in over 20 countries. The programs are designed to maximize learning abroad, offering internships and a variety of other experiences to support students' academic and cultural goals. For more information, click on the picture below.

Irish American Scholars Program 
This program offers students an opportunity to study abroad at participating institutions in Northern Ireland:
• Queens University  
• University of Ulster
• Stranmillis College of Queens University  
• St. Mary’s College
• Belfast Metropolitan College
Students are usually juniors or seniors at the time of their study abroad experience and must have a minimum 3.2 GPA. For more information, click on the picture below.


Paris Graduate School of Management
McKendree University and Ecole Superieur de Gestion et Commerce International, a school of business located in Paris, France, have offered students an exchange opportunity since 2001. McKendree students may live and study in Paris during the spring semester during their junior year. Through the cooperation of both institutions, students are assured that the classes they take abroad will satisfy requirements for their degrees. When they return to finish their degrees at McKendree, these students see the world differently. For more information, click on the picture below.

Technos International Week

Technos International Week was created by Dr. Kenji Tanaka, founder of the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust, to strengthen the ties between the United States and Japan. Each year, since 1992, McKendree and the Tanaka Foundation have worked together to select two students and a McKendree professor to participate in a two-week summer educational exchange with the Technos International College in Tokyo, Japan. Students who may be interested in this opportunity at the end of their freshman or sophomore year should contact Dr. Alan Alewine for more information.
STA 380 Faculty-Led Study Abroad
Unlike our semester-long study abroad programs, this course combines both on-campus study and one- to two-week international experiences led by McKendree University faculty members. Students fulfill a cross-cultural general education requirement with this spring semester class. Travel occurs after the semester ends in May. Advantages include small-group settings and familiar faculty. Prior trips have included travel to:




STA 380 provides an excellent introduction to the study abroad experience. A fee is charged for this course; approval of the Study Abroad office and consent of the instructor are required. 


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