Program Types

Miami Programs

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs

The majority of Miami students who study abroad participate in faculty-led programs. These programs consist of Miami faculty members accompanying a group of students abroad or to locations within the US, typically during the summer and winter terms.

  • Students take Miami University courses, so there is no transfer credit process, and grades apply to the overall Miami GPA.
  • Many programs include major or minor courses, or students can choose to use the credit towards Global Miami Plan requirements.
  • Students will pay tuition and fees to Miami based on residency as if they were at the Oxford campus, and a supplemental program fee is also charged to cover expenses such as housing (cost and inclusions vary across programs).
  • Federal financial aid, Miami scholarships, and tuition waivers may apply.

Faculty-led programs are good for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Take classes with Miami professors and earn Miami credit
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
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Miami University's Luxembourg Program (MUDEC)

Founded in 1968, MUDEC is one of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs. Up to 130 students are accepted into the program each semester and up to 35 are accepted each summer, making it the single most popular program at Miami.

  • Students enroll in Miami classes taught by both European and Ohio-based Miami faculty.
  • Students can choose from a variety of classes, including thematic sequences and some Global Miami Plan foundation courses.
  • Students who participate in MUDEC pay Miami University for tuition, fees, housing and meals.

MUDEC is a good choice for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Be immersed in the culture through community engagement
  • Live with European hosts
  • Be a part of a long-standing Miami tradition!

Transfer-Credit Programs

Exchange Programs

Exchanges are a traditional way to study abroad. Miami students will exchange places with a student from another country, who will come to Miami when the Miami student goes abroad. On an exchange program, students pay Miami tuition and fees. In some cases, students pay Miami's room and board costs, and in other cases they pay room and/or board costs directly to their host university. All scholarships and financial aid apply, including Dependent Tuition Waivers, and study abroad scholarships specifically for exchange programs exist.

  • On an exchange program, Miami students are typically in the classroom alongside students from that university and will earn transfer credit that can apply to Miami degree requirements.
  • In many cases, classes will be in the host language, although there are an increasing number of classes offered in English.
  • Students participating in exchange programs must be prepared to be independent and responsible for themselves as exchange programs generally provide a very immersive experience.

Exchange programs are good for students who want to…

  • Be abroad for at least a semester, perhaps a full year
  • Be more independent
  • Take classes with local students, either in English or in a foreign language
  • Be immersed in a local culture

Global Preferred and Approved Programs

Miami University recognizes that students have different interests and needs outside of our extensive Miami offerings. There are many universities and independent organizations that develop diverse study abroad programs and recruit students from across the United States and the world. These organizations tend to provide American-style support services, arrange housing, and facilitate course offerings and registration. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions, international health insurance, and cultural events. A flat 'program fee' is charged to all students participating in that program and the rate is set by that program provider.

The credit earned through these programs listed on our website come from accredited institutions and can transfer back to Miami. However, students will be responsible for getting the credit pre-approved towards specific degree requirements. In some cases, courses are taken at study centers with other study abroad students, and in others, courses are offered at local universities with local students.

Miami divides these programs into two distinct categories—Global Preferred and Approved—depending on how financial aid can be used. For more information about these education abroad options, talk with an education abroad advisor.

Global Preferred

This category refers to the transfer credit study abroad programs on which students can apply their federal financial aid AND most Miami scholarships (but NOT tuition waivers) to the tuition cost of the experience abroad. Programs are designated as Global Preferred due to their academic and cultural strengths, niche programming and/or unique location offerings. Please note that Global Preferred programs only exist during fall and spring semesters (not winter or summer terms). If you have questions about applying Miami scholarships to a Global Preferred program, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.


While administratively and programmatically similar, Approved programs differ from Global Preferred programs in that Miami scholarships do not apply. Federal financial aid and other non-Miami funding, however, can still be used.

Transfer credit programs are good for students who want to…

  • Have experiences, courses or locations not offered by Miami-sponsored programs share their education abroad experience with non-Miami students
  • Be exposed to international living while having the support of administrative staff
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 application.

Funding Overview

Program Type Credit Cost Federal Aid may apply Miami scholarships may apply
Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Faculty-led Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Exchange Transfer Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Global Preferred
Transfer Program fees Yes Yes
Transfer Program fees Yes No