Types of Programs

What kinds of programs are available?

There are 4 main program categories:

  • UA Faculty-led:  Programs organized and/or taught by UA professors and staff.  Students take classes with other UA students.  Participants earn direct UA credit, which means grades received are calculated into the UA GPA. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status.
  • Exchange: Students attend one of UA's partner institutions abroad for a semester or academic year and attend classes with a mix of local and international students.  Participants pay the equivalent of UA tuition and earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA. Please note: space is limited on some exchanges, so apply early!
  • Direct Enroll: Similar to exchange, students attend one of UA's partner institutions abroad with a mix of local and international students.  However, students pay the host institution's tuition plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.
  • Third-party Provider: There are 6 UA-affiliated third-party program providers (CEA, CIEE, DIS, IAU, the Education Abroad Network [TEAN], and Semester at Sea) that draw students from all over the US. Program experiences can vary significantly by provider and location.  In most cases, students take classes with other US students, but some programs also offer classes with a mix of local and international students. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status, plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.