How do I know which study abroad program is best for me?
How would you respond to the following questions? Your answers can help guide you in the direction of a best-fit study abroad program.
- Format: Would you prefer to have an in-person or virtual experience? Both have their benefits and challenges.
- Length: Which is a better fit with your academic, personal and financial needs, a 3 to 5 week winter or summer program or a full semester program?
- Academics: Do you want to take courses within your major or outside your department? Do you have any core requirements that you want fulfill abroad?
- Travel: Would you prefer to travel with a group or on your own?
- Location: Do you prefer a big city or small community? Warm or cool weather?
- Accommodations: Would you like to live with a host family or in a dorm with other local and international students?
- Language: Do you want to learn a new language or attend classes in one you are already fluent in?
Send us an email today to set up an advising session with a study abroad coordinator.
Search Programs and Opportunities:
In these summer and winter term programs, open to all SUNY students, which range from 3-5 weeks, a group of 10-25 students live, learn, and travel together while taking 3 to 8 SUNY credits taught by a Purchase Faculty member. Click the names below to learn more about each individual program.
- Summer in France (summer)
- Summer in Italy (summer)
- Political Theatre in Czech Republic (summer)
- Making Community: Art & Urban Renewal in Detroit, Michigan (summer)
- Archeology in Israel (summer)
- Cultural Artistic Production in Benin (winter term)
- Coral Reef Ecology & Biology in Honduras (winter term)
In these semester-long and academic-year programs, open only to Purchase students, participants enroll directly at one of Purchase’s partner universities taking at least 12 credits while being fully immersed in life on a new campus in a foreign city.*
- Click here to explore the full list of outbound exchange programs.
- Students in the Conservatory of Dance can go here to learn about the dance exchange programs.
*Credits earned abroad are considered transfer credits and are not averaged into your Purchase GPA.
If you aren’t able to find a Purchase program that fits your interests or needs, as a SUNY student you have access to over 600 programs offered across 64 SUNY campuses. The SUNY search page lets you filter by country, academic focus, term and program type.
- To browse other SUNY programs go to the SUNY Study Abroad search page.
Due to the cancellation of study abroad opportunities in the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters, virtual global learning opportunities are now available to SUNY students looking for an online international experience during the upcoming terms.
- Explore the virtual international academic and internship opportunities on the SUNY Virtual Study abroad page.
The P.A.S.T. program, which takes place during Purchase spring break, offers the opportunity for students to both travel outside of New York and serve in a community of need. This alternative break is a unique experience that allows participants to immerse themselves in a different culture while performing meaningful community service.
- Learn more on the Alternative Service Trips page.
The Transnational Filmmaking Project is a partnership with the Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (ISMA) in Cotonou, Benin and the Artists Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. The project challenges students from three countries and film schools to explore the potential of filmmaking as a collaborative creative process across cultures.
- Learn more on the Transnational Filmmaking page.
Just because you are graduating, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep exploring the world! Purchase can support you in applying to opportunities such as Fulbright and JET, among others.
- Learn more about international fellowships, jobs, and internships on our Post-Graduation Opportunities page.