What is the difference between Study Abroad, Exchange, and Summer/Interim Programs?
Truman State University sponsors exchange, study abroad and summer programs in over 50 different countries around the world. You should consider the difference between exchange programs, study abroad programs and summer/interim programs when planning your study abroad experience.
Truman has exchange agreements with several institutions around the world. As an exchange student, you will be enrolled at a host university and a student from that university will study at Truman.
There are many advantages of exchange programs for both the institutions and for the individual students. If you are looking for a cultural immersion program, especially in non-English speaking countries, this is the best option. Additionally, Truman students typically pay Truman tuition and room and board abroad.
You should also consider the disadvantages of exchange programs. Exchange programs are sometimes very competitive and you must apply early. Also, the language of instruction in non-English speaking countries is the native language in most cases. Therefore, your level in the foreign language must be above third-year college level in that language.
Exchange Programs: Pros
- If you are looking for an immersion program, especially in non-English speaking countries, this is the best option.
- In terms of cost, the price is either the same, or very close to what it would be at Truman.
Exchange Programs: Cons
- Very competitive.
- Must apply early.
- The language of instruction in non-English speaking countries is the language of the country. Therefore your level in the foreign language must be above third-year college level in that language.
For a list of Exchange Programs click here.
Study Abroad Programs
As a student participating in a study abroad program, you will be enrolled at an institution that caters to international students and non-native speakers. Study abroad programs typically accommodate all qualified students applying to a given program which makes them much less competitive than exchange programs. Most study abroad programs in non-English speaking countries are accessible to the students regardless of their level in the language of the country.
There are also disadvantages with a study abroad program. Typically, all students in these programs are American or international students, so these programs are not as immersive. Also, the cost is based on the cost at the host institution, which is usually more expensive than the cost would be at Truman.
Study Abroad Programs: Pros
- With a few exceptions, study abroad programs can accommodate all qualified students applying to a given program.
- Most programs in non-English speaking countries are accessible to the students regardless of their level in the language of the country.
- The grading system is similar to the US system.
Study Abroad Programs: Cons
- All students on these programs – with a few exceptions – are U.S. or international students.
- Cost is based on the cost at the host institution which is, in most cases, more expensive than at Truman.
For a list of Study Abroad Programs click here.
There are two types of summer/interim programs: faculty-led programs and traditional study abroad programs.
Summer Study Abroad Programs
Summer study abroad programs are similar to the study abroad programs listed above, only shorter! The length ranges from 3 to 15 weeks with the opportunity to take anywhere from 3-9 credit hours.
For a list of Summer/Interim Programs click here.
Faculty Led Summer/Interim Programs
Truman offers a wide range of faculty-led programs both during the summer and during the winter interims. These programs are sponsored by the faculty.
For a list of Faculty Led Programs click here. For more information on the program, contact the sponsoring professor.