Dear Family Members:

Studying abroad will be one of the most memorable and valuable experiences of your college student’s academic career.  And, very importantly, it will add an international dimension to his/her background, which is critical in today’s globalized environment.  Additionally, a study abroad experience will enhance the student’s ability to deal across cultures with certainty and ease.  Please encourage your family member(s) to acquire these attributes through studying abroad.  You may view an article about study abroad featured in the University of Miami Hurricane Family Connection here.

The Office of Study Abroad offers an extensive array of overseas programs in over 45 countries.  Students can study in a UM semester delivered on location in Prague, the Galilee, and the Galapagos and/or on short-term programs led by UM faculty in Latin America, Asia, Europe, South Africa, and other locations.  The faculty-led programs take place during the January Intersession, Spring Break, and the Summer Sessions.  Students receive UM credits and UM grades, and the courses are taught by UM professors and/or professors from overseas universities who are experts in their academic fields.

Students can also study abroad at one of UM’s 80 overseas exchange partner universities for a semester, year, and/or during the summer.  They can study marine biology on the edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at James Cook University, be at the center of Europe and study business at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, explore Iceland’s unspoiled nature while studying earth sciences at the University of Iceland, immerse themselves in Japanese culture and business practices at Sophia University in Tokyo, do an internship at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, or become acquainted with the changing panorama of international relations at Uppsala University in Sweden.  Many of these programs are delivered in English so foreign language proficiency is not always required.

The Schools and Colleges at UM encourage study abroad options for their students.  With the assistance of the Office of Study Abroad and the guidance of academic advisors, students can select a study abroad program to fit almost any major.  Additionally, UM financial aid will apply to the costs of the UM programs during the semester or year.  Students are advised to plan early so studying abroad can be incorporated into their academic plan, and can follow this guide in order to plan their experience abroad.

We look forward to welcoming your student to the Office of Study Abroad to develop a study abroad plan for his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year. 


The Office of Study Abroad Staff