Broaden your worldview. Become a citizen of the world.


Explore the world and enrich your liberal arts education: participate in education abroad at CSU.

Students that participate in study abroad and other international opportunities like internships and service-learning immerse themselves in global culture and history. Plus, international experience can improve your career prospects by helping you gain skills in cross cultural communication, learn to think critically, and appreciate diversity.

Colorado State University offers a range of education abroad program types and multiple program length options:

Program Types


Earn academic credit while living and traveling around the world


Participate in international research projects


Give back to the global community by volunteering your time abroad


Gain experience by working in a different country

Program Lengths

Academic Year

Commit a whole school year to an institution in another country


Spend the fall or spring semester studying abroad


Dedicate some of your summer break to an international experience

Winter or Spring Break

Squeeze in a short international program


The College of Liberal Arts has specially designed programs to make it easy to find an international experience that fits your academic plan.

The following study abroad programs are led by CSU faculty and range from a few weeks in length to full semesters. Since they are CSU programs, the credits will transfer.

These are not the only education abroad programs offered at CSU, but are programs specifically tailored to the College of Liberal Arts. To see a full list of education abroad opportunities, visit the Education Abroad website.

A webinar session from the Fall 2020 Eduation Abroad Fair explaining programs that may be a good fit for College of Liberal Arts students.

Fall Semester

Liberal Arts and Community Engagement in Mexico

Colorado State University sign at the Todos Santos Center in Mexico

Liberal Arts and Community Engagement in Todos Santos, Mexico

College of Liberal Arts

Experience an interdisciplinary semester at the CSU Todos Santos Center in Baja Sur California, Mexico. Courses taught by multiple College of Liberal Arts faculty from across departments.

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Winter Break

Cultural Studies in Japan

Japanese lanterns

Cultural Studies in Japan

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Explore modern and traditional Japanese culture on this 14-day winter break CSU faculty-led program. Through hands-on cultural activities, educational excursions around the Kansai and Takamatsu region, and tours of famous Japanese historic sites, you will enhance, deepen, and expand your understanding of the Japanese culture and contemporary Japan.

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Learn and Serve in Ghana, West Africa

Students serving the communities of Ghana

Learn and Serve in Ghana, West Africa

Department of Ethnic Studies

Engage in Ghanaian culture and society through service-learning and educational activities. You'll gain an understanding of the local culture and history and greater perspective and understanding of our global interdependence through Ghana’s link to the Americas.

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Spring Break

Comparative Public Policy and Law in the US/UK


Students participating in the Comparative Public Policy and Law in the UK vs. USComparative Public Policy and Law in the US/UK

Department of Political Science

Examine key public policy making theories, roles of various policy tools across the world, and the relationship public policy has with key institutional partners. You'll begin coursework on campus at the start of the spring semester and travel to London over Spring Break.

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Summer Break

Art in Italy

Students and faculty in Italy

Art in Italy

Department of Art and Art History

Explore Italy, a country rich in art, history, and culture. You'll visit important sites of art and architecture, local galleries, and gain hands-on experience creating original art in an inspiring atmosphere.

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Camino Abroad in Spain

Students in front of the Cathedral SantiagoCamino de Santiago, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Learn, live, and travel in Spain along the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James). You will learn about the history and culture of the area while also gaining Spanish language skills. Bring your hiking boots -- you will hike over 100km on this program!

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Cinema, Culture, and History in South Korea

South Korea templeCinema, Culture, and History in South Korea

Department of Communication Studies

Live and learn among international students from around the world at the Ewha International Co-ed summer school at Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. You'll study a survey of post-1945 South Korean cinema from Golden Age classics of the 1950s and 1960s to the rise of new blockbuster hits and art-house films throughout the contemporary period.

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Communication in Rome

Artwork in RomeCommunication in Rome, Italy

Department of Communication Studies

Build intercultural and global communication skills through exposure to, and analysis of, cinematic representations of Rome, Italian identity, and effective strategies for dialogue with a global mindset.

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Communication Studies in Spain

Students in SpainCommunication Studies in Spain

Department of Communication Studies

Explore the theory and research regarding social support, its influences on interpersonal relationships and health, and its social functions particularly within the context of study abroad and intercultural experiences in Spain. You'll also participate in survival Spanish lessons, visits to local organizations and cultural sites, as well as presentations by guest lecturers from the University of Murcia.

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Community Education and Health in Zambia

Rachel Melton helping at a school in ZambiaCommunity Education & Health in Zambia

Department of English

This program will take you to Livingstone, Zambia to assist Zambians in educational settings (schools, after school programs, adult literacy programs) or in community health areas (clinics, home-based care, health education programs). Coursework focuses on ethics, motivations, and sustainability of development work.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice in Prague


Students in front of Prague CastleCriminology and Criminal Justice - Prague, Czech Republic

Department of Sociology

Study international crime and criminal justice with this guided trip to the Czech Republic. Courses include a variety of guest speakers and field trips within the region. Coursework is enriched by academic site visits to local prisons, courts, drug treatment facilities, SWAT demonstrations, and more.

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Energy Transitions in Europe

students touring the control room of the interconnected European grid in Brussels.Energy Transitions in Europe

CSU Energy Institute / Department of English

CSU’s “Energy Transitions” education abroad program will provide you with a multi-disciplinary and multi-national perspective on energy transitions that are unfolding in the present moment. While visiting sites in the U.S., Denmark, France, Belgium, you'll grapple with complex questions alongside experts in the field about today’s energy transitions.

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Food, Culture, and the Environment in the Mediterranean

Man walking through a market in MoroccoFood, Culture, and the Environment in the Mediterranean

International Studies

Explore food, culture, and the environment on this faculty-led program in Granada, Spain and Rabat, Morocco. You will engage in lectures, learning about either environment, food culture, and/or women’s role in food systems.

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Global Environmental Politics in Brazil

Students holding a Rams Abroad flag during the Global Environmental Politics in Brazil trip

Global Environmental Politics in the Amazon, Brazil

Department of Political Science

You will explore the study and practice of global environmental politics in the Brazilian Amazon where abundant biodiversity in the World's largest rain forest exists side-by-side with severe social exclusion of indigenous and traditional populations.

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International and Comparative Legal Studies in Italy

Florence Italy cityscape

International and Comparative Legal Studies in Italy

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

Focus on the legal systems in Italy and the United States by traveling to Florence, Italy. You'll study the intricacies of the court process in both countries. Coursework will be enhanced by academic and cultural visits such as group observation of a trial, visiting a local Italian law firm and more.

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Japanese Language and Culture in Kagawa

Students participating in Kagawa Japan study abroad programJapanese Language and Culture in Kagawa, Japan

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Choose between a faculty-led summer program or an individual semester as an exchange student in Kagawa, Japan. The faculty-led program will take you through the landscapes, cityscapes, and sacred sites of Kagawa so you can experience Japan from a Japanese perspective.

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LGBTQ Policy & Advocacy in Spain

Pride flag in SpainLGBTQ Policy & Advocacy in Spain

CSU Pride Resource Center / Women's Studies

This program will allow you to learn about specific policies and advocacy work concerning the LGBTQ communities in Spain. By traveling to Barcelona and engaging in intentional activities, lectures, and events, you'll have the opportunity to explore how one country’s journey toward equality can inform other countries.

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Roman History in Italy

Roman Colusseum

Roman History in Italy

Department of History

Visit the heart of Rome to learn about ancient Roman history and architecture. You'll engage in lectures, tours, and site visits that will enhance your academic and cultural experiences.

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Shakespeare in Oxford

Oxford cityscapeShakespeare in Oxford, England

Department of English

This program is for University Honors Program students and high achieving English majors/minors to experience Shakespeare off of the written page. Additionally, you'll take an individualized course with Oxford professors for one-on-one tutorials in your field of interest.

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Theatre & the Arts in London

Big Ben and double-decker buses in LondonTheatre & the Arts in London

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Spend three weeks in the heart of London, immersed in the artistic and theatre capital of the world. You'll gain insight and experience from attending an exciting mix of performances in three distinctly different areas of London theatre: the West End; Off West-End and the Fringe/Pub theatre circuit, as well as have numerous opportunities to explore areas of personal interest, such as the visual arts, dance, and music.

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World War II in Europe

Students visiting Normandy Beach in FranceWorld War II in Europe - England & France

Department of History

Trace the events of the pivotal Battle of Normandy through England and France. You'll follow the path of the soldiers, visiting World War II sights such as the Cabinet War Rooms, D-Day Museum, Imperial War Museum Duxford, Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, and more.

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Explore your options

Explore what programs meet your academic needs and interests. A great place to start is to attend an Education Abroad Fair or speak to a peer advisor in the Education Abroad Center.


Make a plan

Schedule meetings with your academic success coordinator, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Education Abroad Office. Verify that the program you choose fits your degree plan and financial resources. Remember: scholarships are available!



After you make your decision on when and where you’ll go, the next step is to apply for the program. Depending on the time of year and whether the program is CSU affiliated or not, you’ll want to closely monitor deadlines and required application materials.


Prepare to depart

You’ll need more than just a passport. You must attend a CSU Pre-Departure Orientation to make sure you’re ready to be a Ram abroad.


In addition to CSU Education Abroad scholarships, there are many department-specific scholarships to support College of Liberal Arts program participation.

Scholarship Deadlines

Summer Programs: March 1
Fall/Academic Year Programs: April 15
Winter Break Programs: September 15
Spring/Spring Break Programs: October 15


CSU is the host institution for Semester at Sea, a multi-country study abroad program that takes students on an interdisciplinary adventure focused on global comparative study. Students are accepted from all majors and universities around the country. College of Liberal Arts faculty are among the instructors you’ll have on board the ship, so you can expect the same caliber of classes.

Eleanor Moseman

Hear from our faculty

Art history professor Eleanor Moseman sailed on the Fall 2017 voyage. Read about how she tailored her classes to the countries the voyage journeyed to.


College of Liberal Arts students participate in education abroad 2-3 times more than other students across campus.

First European ‘Energy Transitions’ education abroad program a success
Gilman International Scholarship recipient attends her second study abroad program at CSU
Shakespeare in Oxford program takes senior student overseas