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Program Basics

What is the language of instruction?

Most courses will be taught in English unless the students are studying another language.

What is covered by the program cost?

Full tuition, program fees, housing.

What kind of programs does UT offer?

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers students interested in studying abroad five different types of programs: exchanges, direct, faculty-led, third-party and academic internships.

Exchange Programs

For programs designated “Exchange,” your son or daughter may study at University in another country, and a student from that university comes to Knoxville to study at The University of Tennessee. Because there is an even swap of students, your son or daughter generally pays what they would pay if they were spending the semester at UT Knoxville (tuition, fees, and sometimes room & board). Because there is an even exchange of students, the number of students who can participate is limited. Exchanges, therefore, are the most competitive type of program. If students want to participate in exchange they should be independent, resourceful and confident.

Direct Programs

These programs allow students to enroll directly in a foreign university. Instead of paying tuition to UT Knoxville as they would on an exchange program, when they participate in a direct program they pay tuition (and usually their housing) to their host institution. Some of our more popular exchange programs also have direct options, so even if they are unable to participate on an exchange they can frequently study at the same university through direct enrollment.

UT Knoxville Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-led programs allow students to study abroad under the guidance and supervision of a UT Knoxville faculty member with a group of UT Knoxville students. These are generally short-term programs that run during mini-term, summer and spring break.

Third Party Programs

Third party programs are organized by companies and other universities who are in the business of facilitating study abroad experience for students. These providers offer the greatest variety of schools and countries to choose from. If your son or daughter have their heart set on studying at a specific university in a specific country, then a third party provider is their best option.

Academic Internships

Academic internships enable students to gain practical work experience in a wide variety of fields while earning academic credit. If your son or daughter choose and are accepted for this type of program, they will be placed in an internship that directly reflects or relates to their course of study at UT Knoxville. They have the option of choosing a full-time summer internship or a part-time internship combined with a traditional study abroad program.

Is it safe?

All students will attend mandatory pre-departure orientations covering health and safety, travel precautions, and site-specific information. In addition, all partner abroad universities have on-site international staff readily available to assist students.

Is it very competitive?

We believe it is for every student’s benefit to study abroad. By experiencing the world and new outside perspectives on journalism and communication, they are not only developing their skills but also enhancing their own personal growth. They must meet the program eligibility requirements and fulfill the necessary application materials.

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