Short-term programs by definition are fall break, winter break, spring break, and
2-4 week summer and semester programs. You usually earn between 3-6 credits.
Short-term options are ideal for students whose schedules and obligations limit how
long they can learn abroad. They may be more affordable than longer programs when
considering the overall advantages. For example, short-term programs allow you to
complete a course in as little as 7 days, leaving your schedule open for other academic,
professional, or personal commitments.
When choosing a summer program, consider the following:
- Compare the cost of a summer abroad to a semester in SLC. Going on a semester program can be seen as simply replacing a semester at the U,
while participating on a summer program may be an "extra" cost that you have not planned
on financially. If you were planning to take summer courses at the U, think about
what you'd pay to stay on campus versus abroad.
- Consider whether you rely on summer income. Calculate how much income you may lose and what you can do prior to going abroad
to ensure that you are in a good place financially. Although you may work throughout
the academic year, students often work more during the summer months. You may be able
to both work and learn abroad in a given summer.
- Consider whether you will have any funds or aid to use for summer. While choosing a fall or spring break program enables you to use your financial aid
and scholarships as you normally would, check with the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see whether you have aid left for a summer program. Students going abroad for
summer often find that they have little or no funds/aid to contribute, so planning
ahead is key.
U of U faculty-led programs receive a tuition discount of $45/credit hour for undergraduates and $60/credit hour
for graduates, which all students, whether in-state or out-of-state, benefit from.
The vast majority of faculty-led programs are short-term and summer programs.