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Studying Economics Abroad

Economics is one of the most useful academic studies you can undertake in today’s ever-growing, global job market. Studying economics abroad will help thoroughly prepare you for your future career, with plenty of insight into the dynamic forces underlying many different professional fields. Since economics is an increasingly globally-oriented discipline of study, studying economics abroad has the potential to be one of the most personally and academically rewarding experiences of your collegiate career.

Why Study Economics Abroad

Isolated economies no longer exist in the interconnected state of our modern global marketplace. To whatever degree each country’s economic activity affects the larger order, some obviously more than others, every individual economy can affect the global economy. By traveling the world to study economics abroad, you will begin to understand how different social, cultural, and strategic factors influence the economic outlook of different countries, thus further unraveling the complex state of affairs that is modern day economics.

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Economics is one of the most widely taught academic disciplines in the world, and is only gaining popularity as countries experiment with different ways to remain competitive on the global stage. You can choose to study economics abroad pretty much anywhere in the world, and there is likely to be an economics department at a local university in nearly any major city. However, there are still some limiting factors you should bear in mind.

One is the language barrier. While countries such as China, Japan, and Brazil, for example, have some of the largest economies in the world, you better be adept in Mandarin, Japanese, or Spanish if you plan on studying economics abroad there. While English is largely spoken as a common tongue around the world, most countries will use their native language as the medium of education, creating an obstacle to enrollment at local universities for English speakers without any secondary language skills.

Fear not, because there are alternative routes you can take. Many study abroad program providers have their own satellite schools or partner with international schools across different regions, making it possible to gain an English education while studying economics abroad in most parts of the world. While the course catalogue and classes themselves will typically be smaller than at larger foreign universities, economics is a common enough discipline that you will usually be able to tackle at least one course in the field during your time abroad.

Economics Study Abroad Programs

The economics courses available to you while studying abroad will vary, depending on location, program type, and the level of study you choose. For example, if you are studying economics abroad in the developing world, many economics courses will be geared toward development studies, while in the industrialized world you might experience different approaches to understanding micro and macro systems. Likewise, available courses may alter depending on what pre-requisites you have finished, and whether you choose to study economics abroad at a larger university or smaller school.

Many study abroad programs are also specifically oriented around economics, built so that you can get a sound global education amongst peers who are also interested in the field. Economics study abroad programs usually do not take the form of a traditional semester or year abroad. Instead, these specialized programs are generally shorter and more interactive in nature, guided by a professor, and may travel throughout several different cities, or even regions (i.e. the major economic capitals of Europe).

As economics so heavily intersects with many areas of the social sciences, it may be a good idea to explore related subject areas while studying abroad. Try supplementing your economics courses abroad with additional classes that deal with the local culture, history, and politics of your destinations of choice; you might be surprised on how much light these topics can shed on the economic dynamics of your destination!

Benefits

Enlarged Perspective. Economics is a wide spanning discipline that manifests itself in very different ways around the world. Studying economics abroad will give you a much deeper appreciation of how complex market forces intersect and drive the global economy.

Travel Experience. Beyond academics, studying economics abroad is your chance to go out and explore the world while young and impressionable. In fact, you may find that most of the learning actually takes place outside of the classroom!

Resume Building. Especially in a field as internationally oriented as economics, employers will love to see that you have study abroad experience. Learning how to communicate efficiently and effectively across cultural boundaries is an invaluable skill to have, especially in the field of economics.

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Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required. AIFS in Barcelona offers students the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language, business a...

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Many travelers who visit Granada insist it's the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain's unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, the IES curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer including cultural excursions. Two semesters of college level Spanish are required to enroll in the Intermediate ...

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The London Internship Program of Boston University offers a semester of study and work in England's exciting capital city. This program combines a professional internship with coursework that examines a particular academic area in the context of Great Britain's history, culture, and society, and its role in modern Europe. Courses in each academic area are taught by selected British faculty excl...

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The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University MSc Economics and Finance degree program combines a solid foundation in economic theory and applied econometrics with the study of finance. The study of financial microeconomics will help students to understand complex issues related to financial decision-making, while econometrics will provide the necessary tools to perform rigorous research in applied e...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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Syracuse University's London Center is located in the heart of this vibrant city. It offers professional courses in theater, public communications, business, design, music industry, and architecture, as well as a broad selection of liberal arts courses. Internships can place students in professional settings and provide superior preparation for a career in today's global economy. Living in loca...

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Costa Rica is one of the world's most breathtaking and lush countries. Why not spend a semester or a summer in San Jose, Costa Rica's radiant capital? Immerse yourself in a Spanish language exchange program (ranging from beginner to advanced) and the native country's rich culture. Adelante offers various programs to better suit your study abroad needs. During your free time, explore the scen...

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Study at Cardiff University (CU). Join a low-cost program that lets you earn credits. The programme is open to all students and adults worldwide. A transcript will be issued by CU. Students can take Liberal Arts & Science courses taught in English. Cultural activities and excursions are included in the programme, as well as low-cost housing options. Students can choose between Semester, Year, ...

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The University of Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University's Modern Language Center, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is housed in what was once an orphanage built in the 1700s. It was completely restored in 1992 and is locat...

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Sevilla (Metro population around 1,500,000) the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this enchanting capital city of the Andalucía region has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for U.S. students. A history of this fascin...

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The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) Intern Around the World Programs allow students to mix and match internships in two or three countries. Students can choose from any of the countries and internships available. Typical durations are four weeks to 12 weeks in each location. IGS will help students determine which internships and countries compliment each other. Sample itineraries: Paci...

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The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical island and studying at one South America’s most prestigious universities. The program is ideal for students who want to learn about the world’s fifth-largest country, one of the fastest-growing economies (sixth-largest i...

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Study abroad in the vibrant city of Montpellier, and experience its centuries-old history of social tolerance and intellectual advances. Program participants get the chance to enjoy the student-centered community, nightlife, and college-town atmosphere. Students can choose from beginning, intermediate, and advanced French language courses. The program is based at the Paul Valery University, ...

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Program Overview This summer come develop your Spanish language skills and immerse yourself in local culture in the beautiful, dynamic capital of Andalusia. Through intensive language study, area studies courses, offered in English and Spanish, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, summer study abroad Seville offers you a unique and exciting international experience. ...