Study Abroad for IRG Majors
Study Abroad is an essential component of the IRG program and all declared majors are required to complete an academic experience abroad prior to graduating with their degree. UT Study Abroad offers a broad range of programs that vary in length, location, and cost. To ensure a successful study abroad experience, IRG majors are encouraged to work closely with both their IRG Academic Advisor and UT Study Abroad throughout the entire study abroad cycle.
Study Abroad FAQ's for IRG Majors
How soon should I begin planning for study abroad?
ASAP! You should begin thinking about where and when you want to study abroad your first semester as an IRG major. This is especially important if you plan on going abroad for a long semester or full year.
When should I study abroad?
If you're planning on doing a Maymester or summer program, you can very likely study abroad as soon as the summer after your first year at UT. For semester or year-long programs, students generally study abroad the spring of their sophomore year, or during their junior year. IRG majors are STRONGLY discouraged from studying abroad during their senior year, as doing so may delay graduation.
Can the courses I take abroad be applied to specific IRG degree requirements?
Yes, with careful planning you can take courses abroad that will fuilfill IRG major requirements, including track, language, and minor requirements. You may not take courses abroad to fulfill the IRG 301, IRG 320F*, and IRG 378 requirements. Theses courses must be taken in-residence at UT Austin.
*Students who participate in the UT in Paris program will take IRG 320F while abroad.
How will I know if a course i take abroad will fulfill an IRG major/minor requirement?
The UT Study Abroad Office maintains an online credit database listing many UT Austin equivalencies for study abroad courses. You should check this database first to see if a course you plan to take has already been evaluated. If the course you plan to take is not in the database, UT Study Abroad will assist you with getting the course evaluated. For IRG track consideration you must also email a copy of the course syllabus to the IRG advising office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For courses not taught in English, please translate the syllabus into English prior to submitting it to IRG.
Are there specific study abroad programs for IRG majors?
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the IRG major, many study abroad programs can be a great fit. Your IRG advisor can help you identify good courses to take during your summer, semester or year abroad and UT Study Abroad can help you find programs that offer these courses.
UT in Paris is a great option for IRG majors who are interested in studying abroad for a fall semester. Students who participate in this program will travel to Paris, France and take IRG 320F during the month of August. This course will be taught by IRG Director Dr. Michael Anderson. Once students complete this course they will stay on in Paris for the remainder of the fall semester and enroll in courses at Sciences Po.
What if I have already studied abroad or graduated from high school abroad?
If you have already studied abroad at the university level, or graduated from high school abroad, please contact the IRG advising office as this may fulfill the IRG study abroad requirement.
Am I allowed to take courses abroad that don't apply to specific IRG major requirements?
Although it's ideal to take courses abroad that go towards specific IRG degree requirements, it is possible to take courses abroad for elective credit. Additionally, if you are pursuing a double major/dual degree or you are completing a certificate at UT Austin, it is possible to take courses abroad to fulfill requirements in both. Prior to enrolling in courses you should talk with your advisor in each major or certificate regarding study abroad course selection.
How to Get Started
- Attend a study abroad information session for IRG majors:
- Meet with your IRG Academic Advisor
- Search Programs
- Search the My Credit Abroad Database
- Meet with a Study Abroad Office Peer Advisor or Coordinator
- Attend a Study Abroad Funding Session