Cross-cultural experiences can enrich your education—and your life. When you study abroad for a semester or even a year, you’ll live and learn among other students from around the world. Choose from dozens of destinations: “across the pond” in the United Kingdom, “down under” in Australia, and more.
When it comes to transformational academic programs, our students frequently cite the innovative Sophomore International Experience (SIE), during which you'll learn firsthand about the cultures and commerce in other countries.
The three-credit course begins the semester before departure with an introduction to the cultural norms, historical reading and analysis, language study, and art appreciation of the country or countries that will be visited. The actual two-week trip takes place during winter or summer breaks.
Having this experience early in your academic career may inspire you to pursue additional study abroad and/or an international internship: 44 percent of Bryant students who choose to study abroad for a semester or a year have first been on an SIE trip.
The cost of the Sophomore International Experience is $4,500. A limited amount of financial aid is available through Santander Universities International Experience grants. To be eligible, grant applicants must demonstrate eligibility for need-based federal financial assistance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
To apply for a semester-long study abroad program, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater at the time of application, and you must maintain it throughout the semester before going abroad. The earliest semester you can study abroad is during the second semester of your sophomore year, but you would need to start the study abroad process at the very beginning of the previous semester.
To study abroad in one of Bryant's semester-long study abroad programs you must:
Attend all required information and advising sessions and then complete Bryant's study abroad online enrollment form;
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the time of application and also by the end of the term prior to studying abroad;
Apply by the deadline, which is as early as October 1 for spring programs and March 1 for fall programs. The FINAL deadline to apply for spring programs is October 15, and March 15 for fall programs.
Bryant has partnerships with several international institutions. These programs offer an immersive, semester-long study abroad experience, with a variety of courses, cultural, and residential opportunities.
Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany (Available for Spring semesters)
University of Trento, Trento, Italy (Italian speakers only!)
Bryant students may also participate in a third party program provider experience such as those lead by:
API: Academic Programs International
Arcadia University's College of Global Studies
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
TEAN: The Education Abroad Network
IES Abroad: Institute for the International Education of Students
ISA: International Studies Abroad
The Alliance of Global Education
U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University