“Studying abroad helped me understand more about my place (and an engineer’s place) in the world and how crucial it is that we all find opportunities to work together.”

Daniel Morrison, Comillas Pontifical University, Spain

“I have made an absolutely crazy but amazing decision to be here.”

Katherine Knudtsen, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

“Just one semester of travel has inspired a passion for learning about, exploring and serving my global community.”

– Jocelyn Johnson, University of Auckland, New Zealand

“Studying abroad has been a great experience for me. I have had so much fun meeting tons of people from all over the world. I have also gone ice-skating on the ocean, seen the northern lights, tried reindeer meat, and much more! ”

– Jennifer Kuchta, Lulea University, Sweeden

It’s never too early to start planning!

The earlier you get started, the easier it will be to plan ahead and make sure you will be able to stay on track to graduate while getting an amazing experience in another country.

Before you start your application: 

Attending an event is a great way to find out more about study abroad. View our schedule here or view one of our virtual presentations. Generally, Study Abroad 101 is for first year students, or students looking to go abroad more than a year from now. Study Abroad 102 is for students who are looking to go abroad within the next semester.

Our Study Abroad Fair is held each fall and is a great chance to meet dozens of students, providers, and faculty to hear about their programs.

Study Abroad Peer Advisers (SAPAs) are available during drop-in hours for one-on-one meetings about course planning, applying for study abroad, and to answer questions about their experience. Read their bios and click here to schedule an appointment.

Application Deadlines

The Mines study abroad application is due the semester prior to the one you would be traveling.

  • Spring Semester Abroad: October 1
  • Fall Semester Abroad: March 15
  • Summer Abroad: March 1

Types of Programs

Generally, there are four different formats for study abroad programs. Use the Education Abroad Decision Tree to help find the format that best suits your interests and needs.

1. Exchange Programs

You are “exchanging” places with another student from your host university, who may attend Mines in the future. Mines nominates you to your host university.

  • Tuition: Pay full tuition at Mines (15 credits)
  • Financial Aid: Your financial aid applies as if you were attending Mines

2. Direct Enroll

Enroll directly at your host university (although you still need approval from Mines)

  • Tuition: Pay tuition directly to your host university (If you are an out-of-state student, costs may be less than your Mines tuition)
  • Financial Aid: Your financial aid MAY apply – contact the financial aid office about specific types of aid (finaid@mines.edu)

3. Program Providers

Your trip will be organized through an external provider. Usually includes organized trips and an on-site support person. You may receive an affiliate discount if working with our approved providers

  • Tuition: Pay an external company your program fee (usually includes tuition and housing)
  • Financial Aid: Your financial aid MAY apply – contact the financial aid office about specific types of aid (finaid@mines.edu)

4. Faculty-Led Programs

Usually occur during the Summer or Winterm. Take a short, intensive course in your host country, taught by a Mines Faculty Member. Explore your host country with other Mines students. Faculty Led and Summer programs are a great introduction to studying abroad, and ideal for students who want to focus on a specific course while exploring the world.

  • Tuition: Pay Mines Tuition + Additional Fee
  • Financial Aid: Your financial aid MAY apply – contact the financial aid office about specific types of aid (finaid@mines.edu)

Program Length:

Generally, Semester (~4-5months) and academic year programs (~9-10 months) are the best options for those who want to become fully immersed in a different culture. Full academic year programs are best for students who want to become proficient or even fluent in the language of the host country.

NOTE: Students participating in any of these program types will remain enrolled as a Mines student during their time abroad.

Search current programs here.

Choosing a city and country for studying abroad is a big commitment.

Visit our application site to view our partner programs around the world for the summer, semester, and academic year. These are programs that Mines Education Abroad has carefully selected as a good fit for students at Mines.

If you still can’t find the perfect study abroad experience, you can also search out your own program through a program provider or apply as an independent visiting student at any university that meets our criteria. If you want to obtain credit for any experience abroad, you should still discuss this program with Mines Education Abroad and apply as an independent study abroad student.

Academics Abroad

Getting courses approved to transfer back to Mines is often one of the most stressful parts of the planning process to go abroad, but with careful planning you can set yourself up for success.

Visit our academics abroad page for specific information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

State and federal financial aid may be used for study overseas. Most scholarships that students already receive at Mines can be applied to exchange programs. Contact the financial aid office (finaid@mines.edu) for information about how specific aid will transfer to your program.

We also encourage students to research scholarships for study abroad. There are many resources out there, but our Scholarships Page is a good place to start. Please contact the Education Abroad office (abroad@mines.edu) for advice on finding and applying for scholarships.

Other Important Considerations

  • Check to see that your passport is valid for at least six months after the end of your program. Find out how to renew your passport.
  • Some countries require you to obtain a visa prior to departure. Research the visa process of your host country at least 6 months before the start of your program. This information is available on the consulate website of your host country.
  • It is your responsibility to complete all steps required by your host university. The Education Abroad office is here to help you through the process of searching, applying and traveling abroad, but it is up to you to fill out the necessary paperwork, research your host country and institution, and to submit information before deadlines.


Global Education
Green Center, Suite 219
924 16th Street
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401 

International Student and Scholar Services: isss@mines.edu
Education Abroad: abroad@mines.edu
International Admissions: admissions@mines.edu