ENGAGE IN A WORLD CLASS EXPERIENCE
"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
- Lao Tzu
ATU Study Abroad Mission
The mission of Arkansas Tech University’s Study Abroad office is to increase ATU’s presence and effective participation in the nation and the world. The office will promote and cultivate international education and multicultural understanding. Through its study abroad, study away, and exchange programs, this office strengthens global perspective, broadens world-view, and fosters responsible global citizenship of the campus community.
Study Abroad with Arkansas Tech University
We believe international learning experiences can significantly impact your intellectual, personal and professional growth. When studying abroad, book knowledge comes alive. You experience culture and history firsthand. Your perspectives broaden. You leave a student and return a citizen of the world.
Today, Arkansas Tech partners with National Student Exchange and Global Endeavors to offer short and year-long study abroad programs. These programs have challenging coursework, and many have opportunities for internships, field study, independent research, language partnerships, community service, organized group excursions and personal travel.
Regardless of your major, your background or your circumstances, you can fulfill your dream to expand your world and travel abroad. Scholarships are also available to help you make that dream a reality.
There are many reasons to spend a semester or summer abroad, but the goals you make and what you get out of the experience ultimately lies with you.
You’re in the process of completing the first step for studying abroad at ATU, but what brought you here? Do you want to become fluent in another language? Do you want to build your resume? Did your friend drag you along? Here are a few others reasons for studying abroad that you may not have considered:
- Experience a new culture first hand
- Grow personally, gain independence, flexibility, and cross-cultural communication skills
- Gain a new perspective on world affairs, your country and even your own school
- Improve your professional and financial potential
- Dispel stereotypes
- Take advantage of the opportunity to travel
- Conduct personal research
- Prepare for graduate school
Short term and long term Study Abroad options are available through Arkansas Tech University and our partner organizations. Experiences include studying, interning and volunteering.
Short-term programs include one-four week faculty-led trips.
- Environment and Culture in Costa Rica
- Literary London
- Study Street Performance Art in London, Paris, Florence, and Rome
- Study Disaster Management in Guatemala
Long-term programs include semester and academic year exchange.
- Komazawa University, Tokyo
- Nagasaki International University, Sasebo
- Nagasaki University, Nagasaki
- Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS), Nisshin
- Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka
- Doshisha University, Kyoto
World Endeavors provides connection-seekers a chance to intern, volunteer and gather together in group programs abroad.
World Endeavors arranges unpaid internships. Specific internship placements cannot be guaranteed.
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
World Endeavors’ international volunteer programs match participants with certain interests or skills to specific service projects in need of hands-on help.
National Student Exchange
Have you considered spending a semester at another university? National Student Exchange (NSE) can help! NSE enables Arkansas Tech University students to choose from over 160 institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Find a campus
Studying abroad is an unforgettable adventure, but there are many steps to plan for before you get ready to travel to another country – and that doesn’t just mean getting your passport out and a suitcase ready. The process of studying abroad can be overwhelming so it is best to start the process early.
Begin Your Process Here!
Have you met with your academic advisor to discuss how the program fits into your plan?
- Program Spectrum
What kind of Study Abroad experience do you want to have?
- Financial Considerations
How are you funding your Study Abroad experience?
- Health & Safety
Are you prepared for a healthy and safe trip abroad?
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Activity Level
It’s never too early to start the planning process to Study Abroad.
Arkansas Tech University reserves the right to cancel or modify the program before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, low enrollment, or unavailability of facilities or personnel or compliance with the University travel policy. The specific program dates, itineraries, locations, facilities, and activities are subject to change depending on available resources at the time, safety and security situations on the ground, and other important considerations that may arise for a successful implementation of the program.
The Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded as a supplement for undergraduate students participating in travel abroad for academic credit at Arkansas Tech University. A student who is completing College Distinction requirements would be a qualified candidate, but not the only candidate eligible for assistance.
The Study Abroad Scholarship is valued at a maximum of $1000.00 per trip, as funds are available. The scholarship is applied to the student's account either covering the costs associated with the course or refunding to the student for expenditures if course costs are already covered. Preference will be given to students with financial need.
Applications will be considered on the following deadlines: October 1, December 1, and March 1
The following are a diverse selection of study abroad scholarship opportunities for undergraduates.
- David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (National Security Education Program (NSEP))
- Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals to Germany
- Cultural Vistas Fellowship
- DAAD German Academic Scholarship
- Diversity Abroad Scholarship
- Foundation for Global Scholars
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Go Overseas Scholarship
- Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
- Rotary International Global Grant
Call 479.964.0527 or stop by the Study Abroad Office, 116 E Dean Hall, to schedule a meeting with ATU Study Abroad Coordinator Gabriele Haulmark. During your meeting, you will have the chance to discuss your options in greater detail.
You can search by destination or by courses of study in the menu bar. Consider the following questions as you research programs:
- When do you want to study abroad?
- How long do you want to be abroad? A summer, semester, year?
- Do you want courses in English or another language?
- Do you need specific classes for your major or minor?
January 30, 2020 - Study Abroad/ Study Away Information Session, 4:00pm, Library Room 300 B
February 17, 2020 - Study Abroad Re-Entry Session 12:20 pm-2 pm, Dean 121
March 5, 2020 - Study Abroad 101 Info Session - Passport Information Session, 2:00 pm-3 pm, Dean Room 121
April 2, 2020 - Study Abroad 101 Info Session - National Student Exchange Information Session, 2:00 pm-3 pm, Dean Room 121
April 23, 2020 - Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation 6 pm-8 pm
April 25, 2020 - Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation 10 am-12 pm
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship application deadline
- Komazawa University, Tokyo, Japan (Spring Semester ’21) application deadline
November 19, 2020 - Critical Language Scholarship Program deadline
November 27, 2020 -
- Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya, Japan (Spring Semester ’21) application deadline
- Nagasaki International University, Nagasaki, Japan (Spring Semester ’21) application deadline
December 1, 2020 - Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program deadline