Learning Abroad for Mathematics and Statistics Majors

The Mathematics and Statistics Department encourages students to think broadly about their goals for study abroad in choosing a destination.  While many Mathematics and Statistics majors study abroad in the English-speaking world (e.g., the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand), many participate in English-language programs in non-English speaking countries.  Students are encouraged to consider their time abroad as an opportunity to pursue academic interests outside of Mathematics and Statistics and to select a study abroad location that will support them in developing interests not necessarily related to their major.

Study Abroad

Where to Study

The Mathematics and Statistics Department encourages all majors to consider study abroad for a semester during the junior year. Planning for a semester abroad should begin with discussions with the student’s faculty advisor in the sophomore year.  Some students combine a Fall or Spring semester with a summer study program, internship, or research project to extend their experience abroad.  

When to Study

Most mathematics and statistics majors study abroad during their junior year.  We strongly recommend that you take Mathematics 251 (Laboratory in Mathematical Experimentation) and either Mathematics 301 (Real Analysis) or Mathematics 311 (Abstract Algebra) before going abroad, especially if you plan to go abroad for the entire junior year.  If you are unable to take either 301 or 311 before going abroad, you should plan to take it while abroad and meet with your academic advisor to identify an equivalent course abroad.  We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor to map out courses you will need both on campus and during your time abroad to ensure that you meet requirements for the major.

Credit Transfer

Students who want to apply credits earned from courses taken while studying abroad to satisfy a requirement (major, minor, language, or distribution) should contact the chair of the department before applying for the program.  In some cases, the chair may require additional information, including a syllabus, before providing written approval for a course.

Summer Internships and Research Abroad

Mathematics and statistics majors are encouraged to explore summer opportunities abroad.  A number of summer research opportunities are available.  The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, offers programs for undergraduate research both abroad and in the U.S.  The DAAD RISE program also offers funded summer research opportunities in Germany for students in the sciences.

Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Form (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file.