Study Abroad Resources

As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, you are strongly encouraged to study abroad during your time at IC. These guidelines are designed to provide you with information about all of your options and about the application procedures pertaining to study abroad.

The Office of International Programs can help you find a study abroad program that best matches your interests and needs. To make an appointment, stop by the Office of International Programs (2nd floor of Job Hall), email, or call 274-3306.


  • Approval by the Office of International Programs and your academic advisor (and your dean, depending upon your school) is required for participation in any study abroad program. This requirement exists to ensure that the academic credit you earn is applicable to your degree program and that your academic status at Ithaca College is protected.
  • The basic minimum cumulative GPA requirement for study abroad at Ithaca College is a 2.5. Some programs require a 3.0 or higher.

STUDY ABROAD STATISTICS (Data from IIE Open Doors Report Executive Summary, 2017)

  • In the 2015/16 academic year, 325,339 U.S. college or university students studied abroad (undergraduate and graduate students). This represents a 3.8% increase over the numbers for the previous year.
  • Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades; however, the rate of growth had slowed in recent years. (The increase was about 46 percent in the past 10 years, from about 223,534 students in 2005/06, and only 19 percent over the past five years, from 273,996 in 2010/11.)
  • Although the total number is at an all-time high, it is still the case that only about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students (including community college students) will study abroad by the time they graduate. The fact that 90 percent of all American undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. higher education are graduating without an international experience means that there is still a long way to go.
  • Approximately 15.5% of students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree studied abroad before graduating.
  • Europe remains the top destination for U.S. students going abroad. Open Doors 2017 reports study abroad to Europe increased by 3.5 percent in 2015/16.
  • The United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France, and Germany – which overtook China as the fifth largest host destination with Germany increasing by 8.1 percent.
  • Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Denmark, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Cuba, and The Netherlands all saw strong increases in hosting U.S. study abroad students.
  • U.S. students studied in increasing numbers in Latin America and the Caribbean, growing by 5.6 percent (to 53,105).
  • There were decreases in study abroad to China (down 8.6 percent), France (down 5.4 percent to 17,215), Brazil (down 11.4 percent to 3,400 students), India (down 5.8 percent) and Greece (down 1 percent). Several leading destinations in Asia saw increases as hosts for U.S. study abroad: Japan (up 18 percent) and South Korea (up three percent).

  • American students majoring in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) represent 25.2 percent of study abroad students, slightly outnumbering study abroad students in Business and the Social Sciences, which made up about 20.9 percent and 17.1 percent of study abroad students, respectively.