Study Abroad

A person looks off at a vast landscape

In order to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures, International and Global Studies (IGS) majors take one additional language course (beyond the university requirement) and complete either a study abroad program or an international internship.  A study abroad experience will allow students to understand, from an international perspective, the complex processes of globalization that profoundly affect politics, economics, culture, society and the environment.

IGS Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As every department has different policies regarding credit from abroad, the Study Abroad Liaison can assist you with guidance on major/minor credit. Find the Study Abroad Liaison for IGS here.

We recommend that you review this document prior to your initial meeting to discuss study abroad plans.

Sample of Approved Programs with IGS Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer IGS coursework. You can also filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where IGS courses may be available.

Receiving Credit in IGS

Students wishing to receive credit in IGS for coursework done off-campus during the academic year should discuss these plans with the Study Abroad Liaison. All students as part of their application process will be required to have a course proposal reviewed by the department if they wish to receive credit in that major/minor. This is an initial conversation and students should continue to discuss plans with the department as they have more course information (syllabi, etc.). Upon return, semester students should complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form for final and formal review. 


Studying Abroad as an IGS Major

Arlenne Serna

IGS major Arlenne Serna studied abroad in South Korea in Fall 2019.