Study Economics Abroad

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In today’s fast-paced global economy, study abroad is a valuable experience for economics majors. Each country and culture carries it's own set of nuances and problems. And because the world is ever integrating - with the broader practice of free trade and the phenomenon of globalization - studying abroad gives economics majors a chance to witness how public policies in other countries influence economic performance and individual outcomes.

Analyzing an economic system outside of one's home country can deepen students' understanding of their own financial systems and fiscal impacts and ultimately challenge their way of thought. Studying abroad offers econ majors an invaluable and unique experience, one that blends academics with adventure.

Though England boasts many top economic schools, there is a very wide array of country options for all you econ-majors looking to change your currency for a bit. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and London Business School all top U.S. News’ Rankings.

But that list of UK schools is only a fraction of what the big-bad-econ world has to offer you. If the Euro speaks to you, check out these high-ranked universities with undergraduate courses in Europe: Italy’s Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Sweden’s Stockholm School of Economics, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Université Catholique de Louvain (must speak French) in France, or Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain.

If you’d rather have Asia’s yuans and various dollars in your hands, National University of Singapore, China's University of Hong Kong, and University of Tokyo in Japan also have top-notch Economics programs.

Choosing your program

Across the continents, students will find opportunities to study in sub-specialties, including accounting, management, economic development, finance, economics, political science, international relations, government, and even law. Most programs are either run by reputable universities, such as Harvard, Duke, or Berkeley. You would apply to these programs directly through the school.

There are also third party programs that will facilitate your studies and provide support and logistics. This is an especially great choice if you want to study somewhere but don't have the requisite language skills.

Costs and visas

Costs and visas will depend on the destination you choose. We suggest reading destination specific guides for more helpful guidance on these two matters.

However, if you're looking to save some money on your study abroad trip, consider looking outside of Europe and Australia. There are some great econ programs in Latin America and Asia -- two places where the day to day cost of living will be much lower than in a city like London or Sydney.

Interning during your study abroad

As an econ major, you might want to consider pairing your study abroad trip with an internship abroad. Spend your week learning theory, then gain hands-on experience with an internship. Some programs will help you set up both, whereas in other cases it might be on you to set up the internship. If you're a direct enrollment student, ask your host university for tips.

Scholarships for Studying Economics

Home institutions often offer major-specific scholarships, so check with the econ department at your school!

Has Japan caught your eye? Morgan Stanley offers scholarships to study abroad there.

Contributed by Emma Cramer

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Ireland

Athena Study Abroad
Dublin is the perfect blend of the energy and commodities of a big city with the atmosphere of a small town. With the long cu...

England

Athena Study Abroad
Study with Athena Abroad in the most popular destination in the world- London, England. Roehampton University offers a wide v...

Ireland

BCA Study Abroad
Just beyond the western edge of the city of Dublin is Maynooth, a small, historic town with a population of only 8,500 people...

Czech Republic

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IFSA/Alliance
The Czech Republic is the European crossroads of culture and commerce, where business activities in Prague and other parts of...

China

The Beijing Center
Stand out from the crowd and join us for our 10-week, 6-credit summer internship program that includes networking events arou...

Spain

ISEP
The full year ISEP Direct program combines a fall semester of the ISEP Direct Spanish language and culture program with a spr...

Ecuador

HECUA
HECUA offers students the chance to study abroad next J-Term in Ecuador with the Social and Political Transformation program....

Ireland

Maynooth University
As a Study Abroad student at Maynooth University, you will enjoy a diverse, flexible, selective curriculum that enables you t...

New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria offers an exceptionally wide range of postgraduate programmes to suit most learning needs. Whatever your aspirations...

New Zealand

University of Waikato
Kia ora, welcome to the University of Waikato! Our campus is located in the city of Hamilton, the heart of the North Island,...

Chile

Arcadia University Study Abroad
Study alongside students from across Latin America and the world at The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV),...

Australia

Arcadia University Study Abroad
Arcadia University’s study abroad program at the Australian National University is known for its prominence as a research ins...

Italy

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
Spend a semester or an academic year at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center in Italy! Use your location as a...

Vietnam

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
Bland. Boring. Dull. Vietnam is NONE of these! Leave ordinary behind and come to Loyola University Chicago's Vietnam Center i...

Spain

Schiller International University Madrid
Political and economic problems today transcend international boundaries: Schiller International University’s Bachelor Degree...