According to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors Report, Luther College consistently ranks among the top 40 baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad prior to graduation.
In the International Studies program, we consider this experience vital to the major and minor. No amount of classroom study can provide the knowledge of a place that is gained through the experience of physically residing there. We recognize that those with only a minor in International Studies might not have time for a full semester abroad, and we therefore accept a J-term or summer course for minors. For majors, however, we insist upon a full semester or year in their region of interest, taking courses that inform the international theme they have chosen from the perspective of that region. While there, students are strongly encouraged to learn the language of the place (if they have not done so already). The Center for Global Learning at Luther works closely with each International Studies major to find the study abroad program that best meets their academic interests and financial needs. The academic credits taken while studying abroad transfer back to Luther, and count toward the International Studies major, as well as other college requirements.