Types of Programs

Your choice of study abroad program type will depend largely on your reasons for going abroad. As a rule of thumb, it is best to study in an environment that will give you maximum exposure to the culture and language of the host country. As you look through the available options for study abroad, you may find the information below helpful. Also, you will find it helpful to meet with a study abroad adviser.

Semester and Academic Year Programs  

Princeton offers a list of over 100 pre-approved semester/academic year programs where students can take courses abroad for credit. Students may take courses at a foreign institution directly, via a third-party provider, or a combination of both. Princeton also offers a few faculty-led semester-long programs. Depending on the program you choose, there will be varying levels of immersion, independence, and administrative/academic support. Read through the descriptions below to learn more about the main features of each program type, but please keep in mind that each program may have its own unique characteristics. Your choice of program will depend largely on your own personal and academic goals for study abroad, which we encourage every student to discuss with a study abroad adviser.

Summer Study Abroad Programs

If your particular academic, athletic, or other co-curricular commitments do not allow you the flexibility to study abroad during the academic year, there are many options to study abroad during the summer as well. You may choose from a rich selection of Princeton faculty-led program, as well as non-Princeton summer programs for transfer credit (pending pre-approval). Read below for more information.