Center for International and Intercultural Studies

Getting Started

Study Abroad in LondonAs you begin to think about study abroad, consider the following:


For a successful study abroad experience, you must plan early – at least a year before you plan to go abroad. Early application to some programs is essential for acceptance. Communicating and processing documents always takes longer than expected.


Study abroad programs vary, so you should have clear objectives in mind when selecting a program. Consider these questions:

  • Will you want to receive academic credit?
  • How will the courses fit into your degree program?
  • Are you primarily interested in general studies, or in studies related to your major/minor?
  • How fluent are you in another language? Would you like your classes to be taught in English or the language of your host country?
  • With which kind of housing are you most comfortable – a host family, student residences or independent housing?


Anderson University maintains working relationships with a number of study abroad and USA off-campus study programs. Students are encouraged to give priority consideration to these endorsed programs. AU is also a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, which operates programs both for study abroad and in the U.S.A.

In addition to academic year study programs, you may also want to consider summer study opportunities. Study abroad programs and foreign universities offer specialized summer study, ranging from several weeks to three months.


Academic credit for study abroad is never automatic. All study abroad and arrangements for academic credit must be approved before the student begins the study program.

There are two options available to students regarding academic credit for study abroad and USA off-campus study. First, students can enroll in a study program with registration at Anderson University. Students would receive AU credit (a letter grade) for courses taken in the study program. The second option is to enroll in a study program without registration at AU. Students would then receive transfer credit for courses taken in the study program.