At CWRU, there are three main types of study abroad programs.
CWRU short-term programs
In a CWRU short-term study abroad program, a CWRU faculty member takes a group of students to another country as part of a course. At CWRU, the overseas portion of a short-term is usually between one and six weeks in duration and takes place during Winter Break, Spring Break, or over the summer. You can see a list of CWRU short-term programs here.
CWRU in… Programs
CWRU in London and CWRU in Jerusalem are semester-long programs offered in the Spring. They are organized by CWRU faculty and staff to meet the unique needs of CWRU students, though qualified students from other universities are also invited to apply.
In an exchange program, a CWRU student studies at a university abroad, and a student from that university studies at CWRU. Because CWRU only partners with schools of the highest caliber around the world, participating in an exchange program ensures that you will have a rigorous and high-quality academic experience abroad. Exchange programs generally last either a semester or academic year. Below is a list of our exchange partners.
Direct enroll programs
Students can also choose to enroll directly in a university overseas. There are two ways to do this: applying independently through the university’s website, or applying through a provider (i.e. IFSA-Butler, CIEE, etc.). Providers generally provide excellent customer service and handle many of the logistics in planning your study abroad experience; however, studying abroad with a provider is usually more expensive than enrolling directly. CWRU students are permitted to enroll directly with any of the providers and universities listed in our program search. If you would like to direct enroll in a university that is not listed in our program search, email Lisa Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to petition to study at that university.
Internships and Research
Some CWRU students complete internships, research, and co-ops abroad. The Office of Education Abroad can share with you various internship opportunities, but note that it’s very difficult to find paying internships abroad due to visa regulations. However, the Office of Education Abroad is happy to share with you tips and procedures for searching for internships, research, and co-ops abroad. After you’ve secured an internship, research position, or co-op, the Office of Education Abroad will work with you to ensure that you are registered properly at CWRU and that you receive health insurance and cultural preparation for your experience abroad.