Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an invaluable investment in your future, and Barry University offers a variety of Study Abroad choices, ranging from summer to semester to yearlong programs. Among your options are Barry courses taught abroad by Barry faculty members, studying at foreign universities with which Barry has bilateral exchange agreements, and participation in the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS).

Through CCIS, Barry students choose among 90 programs spread over 28 countries. Information about the CCIS programs is available from the Director of Study Abroad, Dr. Katherine Nelson. She may be reached via email at or in her office, Room 135 in Garner Hall.

The Study Abroad experience shapes an individual’s life both personally and professionally. There are countless reasons for studying abroad, and the benefits are just as numerous:

  • Develop an appreciation for different cultures, languages, and learning environments.
  • Increased self confidence, independence, and self-reliance.
  • Learning a new language or putting a second (or third) language to use.
  • Making new friends and establishing a professional network.
  • Prepares students to be effective in the ever-increasing, globalized world.
  • Developing superior communication skills, such as critical thinking.
  • Résumés stand out: studying abroad often teaches skills that can only be gained through international experience. Employers and graduate and professional schools highly value the study abroad experience.
  • Memories of fun and exploration, such as traveling, enjoying the sights, visiting museums, and experiencing the cuisine of the host country.
  • Changes the way we see our world.

Students interested in Study Abroad must plan their course of study well in advance of their projected foreign travel in order to meet registration deadlines and other program specific requirements as mandated by the institution of study. In addition, they need to consult with their academic advisors and deans to ascertain how Study Abroad correlates with their academic programs and to obtain the necessary approvals. In order to obtain Barry University credit for courses taken abroad, students must participate in a pre-approved Study Abroad program.