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Explore Study Abroad and Discover a World of Opportunity

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Studying abroad is one of the most valuable investments students can make to prepare for the future. We are living in unprecedented times right now — global knowledge and understanding of the value of culture is a priceless asset in all areas and industry. Stony Brook’s International Academic Programs (IAP) supports the University’s goal to educate successful citizens of the world. IAP’s programs are diverse, unique and top ranked. Students benefit from prestigious study abroad opportunities and gain exposure to language, experiential learning, internships and much more. 

Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business School

IAP offers programs in almost 30 different countries with diverse programming that allows access for all students. A rich selection of opportunities is available every term (winter, spring, summer and fall). More than 80 partner universities and many faculty-led programs open the door to once-in-a-lifetime cross-cultural experiences around the globe. Explore programs and learn about the application process.

Learn more at the Spring Fair on Wednesday, February 24, from 11 am to 2 pm. IAP program coordinators will be available to answer questions about programs, scholarships and more — plus you’ll have the chance to win multiple $500 awards for future programs.

Be ready for your future — prepare for your study abroad experience now!

IAP’s in-person programming is currently suspended. However, now is still a great time to begin the planning process. The earlier students plan, the more flexibility they will have.

Some distinguished faculty and global partner universities are offering virtual programs, so students still have options to engage in the global community until in-person programs resume in the near future. 

Program Types

Partner University Programs: Students apply through Stony Brook as an exchange student directly at one of SBU’s partner universities for a semester or an academic year.  Students receive transfer credits and language proficiency may be required.

Faculty-Led Programs: A Stony Brook faculty member instructs a group of students at an overseas location. These programs are typically during the winter and summer terms. Programs at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and Centre ValBio in Madagascar are faculty-led and are also available during the semester. Students enroll in SBU classes (count toward GPA for SBU students) and language proficiency is not required.

Turkana Basin Institute
Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya

Why Study Abroad?

  • 96% of study abroad alumni have reported that their experience abroad increased their confidence.
  • 87% of study abroad alumni in a recent research study said that their experiences abroad inspired them to pursue additional academic endeavors. 
  • Fewer than 3% of American students study abroad, so it will help you stand out. 

Students are encouraged to meet with an international program coordinator to learn more about available programs. Contact them today at

— Lynne Roth


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