Study Abroad

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The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University is a global enterprise. Tourism, hospitality, sport, recreation and leisure are industries that are a part of every nation and every culture around the world. Study Abroad programs are a part of the Temple University experience and every student is strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad

5. Apply your financial aid for an international experience
4. Learn another language and use it on a daily basis
3. Gain valuable experiences that will expand your value as a Tourism/Hospitality professional or Sport/Recreation professional.
2. Immerse yourself in a new culture and meet new people
1. Use your freedom as a student to travel the world – there’s no time like the present!

FAQ’s About Studying Abroad

Who studies abroad? | All regularly enrolled Temple University students in good academic standing are eligible to study abroad; students may not be on warning or on academic or disciplinary probation. Knowledge of a foreign language is not a requirement to study abroad on most programs, although students are encouraged to gain some knowledge of a foreign language in advance.
When do students study abroad? | Most students study abroad for a semester or year when they are juniors, but studying abroad during sophomore or senior year may also be an option. Students are eligible to participate in many short-term summer programs after completing their freshman year.
How long will I study abroad? | You may study abroad for a semester, academic year, or summer. Generally, the longer the program, the better. It takes time to settle in and adapt to new surroundings; the longer you are abroad, the more you will benefit from the experience.

What kinds of programs are there?

Temple’s Semester/Academic Year Programs | You may study at Temple’s campuses in Tokyo and Rome for a semester or academic year, or on the School of Communications & Theater’s London program during the fall or spring semester. Whether you are a student of the arts, humanities, social sciences, communications, or international business, these programs are designed to meet your academic needs. In Rome and Tokyo, you can study the local language while you take classes in other academic disciplines in English.
Tokyo, Japan:
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Temple’s Summer Programs | In addition to summer sessions at our campuses in Rome and Tokyo, Temple offers a wide variety of four-to-six-week summer programs. Some of our continuing programs include West African Civilization & Aesthetics (Ghana) and the Sorbonne Study Program (Paris). Faculty members are continually developing new programs. Some of the most recent programs include Spanish Language and Latin American Culture & Society (Mexico); Indian Culture, Art, and Religion (India); and International Service Learning (Jamaica).
Summer Programs:
Exchange Programs | Exchange programs provide a full immersion experience at a foreign university for a semester or academic year. You take university classes with students from that country and earn transfer credit.
Since you pay Temple tuition (and in some cases, Temple housing costs), this is a very affordable option for the motivated student. Temple has university-wide exchanges with universities in Germany, England, and Puerto Rico, and some of Temple’s schools and colleges offer discipline-specific exchanges.
Non-Temple Programs All Over the World | You may also participate in programs organized by other US or foreign universities, or you can apply directly to an institution overseas. The International Programs Resource Library has plenty of information on other schools’ programs, and our advisors can direct you to additional resources. If you receive approval by going through Temple’s approval process (see pages 9–10), you’ll receive transfer credit and may be able to use your Temple financial aid.
Practical Experience | You can gain experience in your field while living abroad in another culture. Choices include internships, volunteering, and study-and-work programs.

What can I study while abroad?

Classes in Your Major or Minor | Research which semester/academic year programs are offered in your field, or participate in an exchange at a university that offers courses in your major or minor.
Electives | Go on a semester or summer program in an area of interest to you, and take courses to meet your elective requirements. The choices are endless!
Foreign Languages | Start at the beginning or continue studying a language while you’re abroad: French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, or any other language that appeals to you. You can study a language and culture  intensively or, if you’re already proficient in a language, you can take courses in your field taught in that language.
Internships/Work Abroad | Career-related experiences are available too, either for academic credit or for pay. Some study abroad programs offer a work component; Temple University, Japan Campus, offers internships with Japanese and multi-national companies, and Temple University Rome offers a small number of internships as well. Explore other options in the International Programs Resource Library.

How Do I Pay For It?

Financial Aid | As long as you are receiving full-time credit for your classes overseas, some or all of your financial aid may be used to fund your study abroad.*
Temple University Study Abroad Scholarships | We try to make it easier for you to afford your program!
International Programs offers scholarships for both Temple programs and non-Temple programs.*
External Scholarships | Our office can help you research and apply for scholarships from outside sources as well. Temple students are regularly the recipients of merit and need-based scholarships sponsored by other organizations.*
Cost of Living | Housing and living expenses vary from country to country. By doing some research, you will be able to identify locations that best suit your budget.
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