International Relations and Global Studies

Education Abroad for IRG Majors

Education Abroad is an essential component of the IRG program and all declared majors are required to complete an academic experience abroad for a minimum of four weeks prior to graduating with their degree. UT Education 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 the UT Texas Global office throughout the entire study abroad cycle.

Study Abroad FAQ's for IRG Majors

How soon should I begin planning for my education 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 area studies requirements.  You typically cannot take courses abroad to fulfill the IRG 301, IRG 320F, and IRG 378 requirements.  Theses courses must be taken in-residence with UT Austin.  

How will I know if a course I take abroad will fulfill an IRG major/minor requirement?

UT Education Abroad maintains an online credit database listing many UT Austin equivalencies for 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 Education 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  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.

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

  1. Attend a education abroad information session
  2. Meet with your IRG Academic Advisor
  3. Search Programs
  4. Search the My Credit Abroad Database
  5. Meet with a Education Abroad Office Peer Advisor or Coordinator
  6. Attend a Education Abroad Funding Session