Study Abroad as a Math Major

As a Math major you are encouraged to consider incorporating an off-campus program as part of your academic program.

Michael Chen, Math Major, during Study Abroad in Ireland

My time in Galway, Ireland, taught me the power of independence. The connections I made  abroad are ones I will keep with me for a lifetime.             Michael Chen, '18

Working with your academic advisor and the Office of International Education (OIE) you can plan an an experience that fits your academic and personal goals.

Why study abroad?

Students of all majors benefit from studying abroad. As a Math major, you can:

  • explore unique opportunities to study math and other subjects in a different cultural system
  • enhance your intercultural communication and improve world language skills
  • broaden your world view and deepen your understanding of yourself
  • examine your values and beliefs in new ways
  • prepare for life after college by becoming a globally engaged citizen

How will study abroad count toward my major? Will it take me longer to graduate?

With planning, you can study abroad and graduate on time. Your academic advisor will help you to plan for study abroad.  You can apply up to 3 credits taken abroad toward the degree requirements.  Many students take general education and elective classes in addition to one or two credits in the major. This varies widely based on your program of interest and your individual degree requirements.

An OIE advisor can help you to find a program that matches your academic needs and helps you to meet your personal goals and interests as well.

When should I study abroad?

Programs are offered during the summer, fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.

Math majors typically study abroad as juniors and sometimes sophomores. Spring semester is the best choice within the major, if possible. Students who may need to study abroad in fall semester due to other commitments should discuss their situation with their academic advisor.

Summer programs are open to students at all levels, unless otherwise noted.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! Willamette-sponsored semester programs are comparable in cost to being on campus for a semester and most forms of financial aid can be applied. See the OIE website for more details about program costs and additional expenses to consider.

Scholarships for study abroad are available and can be found on the OIE website. It is critical to begin to research scholarships early, even before you apply for study abroad.

How should I choose a program?

Explore! Just as you spent time researching colleges before deciding on Willamette, you will want to spend time investigating programs abroad to ensure a good fit.

  • Research class offerings to know whether there are classes that meet your academic needs.
  • Consider your personal goals for the experience and seek out programs that will help you to meet them.
  • Investigate which programs offer support services you may need during your time there.
  • Meet with an OIE advisor!

Programs of interest for Math majors:

Willamette offers a broad range of programs featuring diverse locations, languages and structures.  Most programs are open to all majors and you are encouraged to explore a wide range of possibilities. These are some options to consider as you begin the process. See the OIE website for a full list of available programs.  

* indicates WU-sponsored program.

Resources for study abroad:

Office of International Education

Visit the Office of International Education’s website to learn more about program options, scholarships how to apply and more.

Credit considerations

Math majors can apply up to 3 credits taken abroad toward the degree requirements.


Willamette University

Mathematics Department

Ford Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6077 voice
503-370-6977 fax

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