Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Types (or "Models") of Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad programs come in numerous shapes and sizes. Here is a general overview of the types of study abroad programs at Clark:

Exchange Programs - are designed to be a reciprocal exchange of students and/or faculty from one institution to another, often involving a signed agreement or contract between Clark and another institution. Typically, students directly enroll in courses (or have the option of directly enrolling) within the institution and are integrated with host country students. In some cases, students also take a prescribed set of language courses. Clark operates a few exchange programs with the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France; the schools of Literature and Creative Writing, and American Studies, at the University of East Anglia in England; and the University of Trier in Germany.

Direct Enrollment Programs - are programs administered on-site directly by a host institution, usually located in the United Kingdom. Like exchange programs, direct enrollment programs attempt to integrate Clark students into the host institution, and students would take courses as if they are enrolled in a degree program. Similarly, direct enrollment programs are designed to be independent, with limited U.S. academic support. Immersion is achieved by integration, but this is largely up to the student, although some additional orientation is provided. Clark offers direct enrollment at the University of Stirling, University of Sussex, University of East Anglia, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Kansai Gaidai University, and the University of Tasmania (UTas).

Study Center Programs - are programs administered by a third-party study abroad provider or foreign institution with considerable experience in the field:

This model involves a "study center," which is set up for U.S. students abroad as 1) a home base, 2) in some cases, for accommodation, and 3) interactive academic and social guidance throughout the semester. The amount of academic and social guidance varies depending on the program. Study center models usually offer specialized courses, built-in excursions, and community service options. Most study centers also have a relationship with a host university or several host institutions, where students may be able to directly enroll in university courses, language courses or take "courses for foreigners."

Clark makes a strong effort to choose study center programs that emphasize immersion into the host culture and are not "island programs" (programs that simply move large groups of U.S. students overseas and use a primarily U.S. education model). Most study center programs involve or offer home stays. Clark offers study center programs in the Dominican Republic, Namibia, Spain, Australia, China, and Prague.

Internship, Research and Service Programs - are designed to give Clark students a significant work or research experience in the host country or culture, while also providing academic and social support. Examples include the London Internship Program, the Santiago Service Learning Program, and the Santo Domingo Internship Program, the Cape Town Service Learning Program, and the School For Field Studies. Note: Internship and Service Programs are also often Study Center Programs.