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Study Abroad for Economics Majors

NOTE--The list below contains recommended options only. Students are not limited to just these programs! For a comprehensive listing of options, complete university descriptions, and course listings, please visit AU Abroad brochure webpages.
 
Generally, students study abroad between their second semester of sophomore year through their junior year. The decision when to study abroad should be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
Students need to let their academic advisor know as soon as possible about their desire to study abroad so they can meet to discuss their study abroad goals and how to fit this experience into their specific academic program and graduation requirements.
Even after courses abroad have been equated to courses at AU, students must review final course selection with their academic advisors.
It is recommended that students complete at least 80% of their general education requirements before studying abroad.
Before deciding to go abroad, students should declare their Economics major or minor so that a faculty advisor can help plan your schedule. Also consult the Econ FAQs: www.american.edu/cas/economics/undergraduate-faq.cfm.
 
  • Economics majors can count up to six credit hours of pre-approved courses taken while abroad towards their major course requirements (Note-12 credits can count towards the major for the full year LSE program only).
     
  • Three credits may be used to fulfill the capstone requirement, if the student is NOT writing an Honors capstone in Economics.
     
  • When choosing study abroad programs and courses, be mindful of prerequisites. Many universities abroad assume Economics students have working knowledge of calculus.
     
  • If abroad course selections change, be sure to consult with the Dept. before committing to a course.
     
  • Students in the BS or MAEC programs, or students who plan to write a Honors capstone in Economics should go abroad during the sophomore year or their junior year since ECON-480 (Senior Research Seminar), required for Honors capstone students, is offered only in the Fall and is recommended in the senior year.
     
  • Students intending to complete the BA Econ - International Track should plan ahead for the sequencing of ECON-371 and ECON-372 and the pre-requisites for those courses.
     
  • Students studying abroad in programs with a three-course semester load (ex. Scotland) should verify with their faculty advisor how the incoming credits will be counted towards the major.