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Program Types

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers students interested in studying abroad five different types of programs: faculty-directed, affiliate, exchange, direct and academic internships.

UT Faculty-Directed Programs

UT Faculty-directed programs allow you 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.

Check out our Faculty-Directed Frequently Asked Questions Student Guide .

UT Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are coordinated by study abroad organizations and other universities who are in the business of facilitating study abroad experiences for students. These program providers offer the greatest variety of schools and countries to choose from. If you have your heart set on studying at a specific university in a specific country, then a UT Affiliate may be your best option.

UT Exchange Programs

For programs designated "Exchange," you study at University "X," and a student from University "X" comes to Knoxville to study at The University of Tennessee. Because there is an even swap of students, you generally pay what you would pay if you 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 you want to participate on an exchange you should be independent, resourceful and confident.

UT Direct Programs

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

UT Academic Internships

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

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