Overview & Core Services

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange provides exceptional study abroad experiences through academically and professionally integrated pathways for Illinois students, faculty, and staff.


About Us

A unit of Illinois International Programs, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange currently facilitates approximately 150 study abroad programs in more than 45 countries. We firmly believe that international education is transformative. Not only does it foster global citizenship, but also allows our students to enhance their skill-sets, broaden their perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding of their given fields. Our programs are open to students from all academic fields, backgrounds, and identities. We seek to be inclusive in our approach to study abroad and introduce our students to a multi-faceted understanding of their disciplines and a broader set of tools with which to solve complex problems.

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is the campus study abroad office. Our portfolio includes: exchange programs, direct enroll programs, provider programs, customized short-term programs, and signature programs. We also serve as a collaborative partner across campus, providing support and guidance to students, faculty, staff, partner institutions, and our fellow study abroad offices in the Colleges. We do this through our core services of Program Development, Program Management, Partner Relations, Business, Outreach and Marketing, and Systems.

Program Development

  • Provide expertise and resources in the development of education abroad programs
  • Partner with institutions to develop and facilitate education abroad opportunities
  • Align education abroad programs with academic goals, including working with campus units for clear articulation of credit
  • Conduct program assessments with an objective of continuous improvement

Program Management

  • Coordinate signature, exchange, direct enroll, and customized education abroad programs
  • Advise for and communicate with students on the entirety of the education abroad process
  • Develop and implement a variety of programming for students during all stages of their education abroad experience
  • Maximize safety abroad by actively collaborating with the Office of International Safety and Security

Partner Relations

  • Maintain collaborative links with partners through agreements that allow for student mobility
  • Support partnerships through communications management and coordinated visits

Business

  • Post education abroad program fees to student accounts
  • Execute international financial transactions
  • Provide detailed program information to allow for the disbursement of federal financial aid

Outreach & Marketing

  • Collaborate with academic units to make education abroad an integral part of the curricula
  • Create a dynamic print and media presence to communicate the value of education abroad
  • Promote education abroad opportunities to the campus community through targeted outreach
  • Plan and implement the annual Illinois Abroad Day event in collaboration with campus education abroad partners

Systems

  • Maintaining application requirements
  • Providing system operations and training
  • Managing a variety of program offerings
  • Reporting unit and campus level data to internal and external stakeholders
  • Software licensing
  • Integrating data between education abroad software and university systems


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Where Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange Students Study

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Memberships & Affiliations

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad, a committed partner of Generation Study Abroad, and a member of the Diversity Abroad Network.


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