"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
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 other organizations to offer short and year-long study abroad and study away 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.
The ATU Study Abroad Office holds the health and safety of its students as its highest priority. We have made every effort to make our programs as safe as possible, and provide our students and faculty with the information they need to make safe and informed decisions. Please refer to ATU's international travel policy here.
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:
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.
Long-term programs include semester and academic year exchange.
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.
ATU student, Kacy Watkins, wrote about her virtual internship with a non-profit in Argentina:
"My time at Mensajeros de la Paz, was a time of learning, growth, and cultural exchange...Doing a virtual internship with World Endeavors has some pretty amazing advantages. I was able to keep my job and do my virtual internship at the same time... it allowed me to gain some much needed experience, while working to provide for myself. I extended my network with this program and strengthened my virtual skills as I navigated the internship process. It was truly a fun and beneficial experience!"
World Endeavors’ international volunteer programs match participants with certain interests or skills to specific service projects in need of hands-on help.
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.
ATU STUDY ABROAD BLOG
Read about ATU students experiences studying abroad at one of our partner universities or studying away through National Student Exchange!
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.
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, March 1, and April 1
The following are a diverse selection of study abroad scholarship opportunities for undergraduates.
You can search by destination or by courses of study under "Choose your Destination". Consider the following questions as you research programs:
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.
August 31, 2023
September 6, 2023- Study Abroad/Away Re-Entry Session
October 25, 2023 - Passport Clinic
November 13 - 17 - International Education Week
November 15, 2023 - Critical Language Scholarship Program deadline (Summer 2024)
November 2023 - Pre Departure Orientation
November 30, 2023 - International Coffee Hour- Austria, 4-5pm, Miller Center
December 2023 - Cultural Vistas Fellowship application deadline
February 2024: Boren Scholarship deadline
February 2024 - Frederick Douglas Global Fellowship application deadline
February 17, 2024 - National Student Exchange priority application deadline
March 2024 - Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship application deadline
March 29, 2024 -
April 12, 2024 - National Student Exchange (Fall Semester ’24) application deadline
Due to COVID 19, students all over the world have not been able to travel abroad and may not be able to for some time. In an effort to bring the world to our students and to facilitate the internationalization effort at ATU, the Study Abroad Office has helped ATU faculty members, faculty members at partner universities, and specialists abroad come together for a variety of virtual collaborations. These include guest lectures, collaborative webinars, interactive workshops, and cooperative curricular/co-curricular activities among students.