Find A Program

What kind of study abroad experience are you looking for? Who do you want to study abroad with? How structured should the program be? Consider your ideal program type and use the directory to search for the program that is right for you.

Application Process

All students participating in a study abroad program must complete a Miami study abroad application.

  1. Use the program search to find your program.
  2. Click the "Apply Now" button and select the appropriate term in which you wish to travel.
  3. Complete the tasks outlined on the application. These are customized based on the needs of the program.
  4. Once accepted or approved to participate through the Miami application system, you'll receive an email. This should prompt you to log back on to the study abroad application system to complete the remaining application requirements for accepted/approved students.
  5. If you are applying to an Exchange, Global Preferred or Approved program, you must do an application to the exchange school or program provider in addition to your Miami study abroad application.
  6. If your program requires a Study Abroad Advisor/Home School Nomination form (or similar name), you may bring this to 214 MacMillan Hall for a signature. Please note, in order to receive a signature you must first begin your Miami University Study Abroad application.

Set Your Goals Before Choosing a Program

Goal: Engaging with locals

Consider this....
One of the most rewarding parts of study abroad are the interactions you will have with local people. But you might also find it challenging to meet these individuals and interact with them in personal and meaningful ways. Many study abroad students expect that their integration into the host culture will be seamless but in reality, meeting people and getting past “hello” is more difficult than we anticipate, especially when we are abroad for just a few weeks or months.


  • Volunteer in your community
  • Do what the locals do – find out about weekly events or activities
  • Play a pick-up game in the park or on the court
  • Establish a routine and talk to the baker, the barista, or the person on the bus you see everyday

Goal: Professional Development

Consider this...
Study abroad is known to cultivate personal growth and enhance academic knowledge. But study abroad can also help you gain skills that will be attractive to employers.


  • Choose a challenging program that will push you to develop skills like critical thinking, communication, and teamwork
  • Set up informal coffee meetings with professionals in your field
  • Look for learning opportunities that will turn into stories you will talk about in future interviews
  • Improve your language skills
  • Seek out volunteer and internship opportunities to gain practical experience

Goal: Language Acquisition

Consider this...
Some students use study abroad as a way to enhance their language skills. While some languages have direct professional benefits, like Chinese or Spanish, learning any language demonstrates that you are being respectful of your host country and culture. Note: You do not have to already possess foreign language skills to study abroad.


  • Stay with a host family
  • Take a language class
  • Find a speaking partner
  • Interact with locals
  • Advanced language learners can enroll in academic courses taught in the local language

Goal: Developing Independence

Consider this...
You’ve already taken a step toward becoming more independent by coming to college. After college, you’ll get a job and live on your own in a new city; studying abroad is a great way to prove to yourself you’re ready to successfully take on that challenge.


  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Take the initiative to plan a weekend trip
  • Get out of the “bubble” of your friend group
  • Experience new food, a new language, new technology, and new forms of transportation
  • Academic Environment Abroad