School of
Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Academic Programs

Study Abroad for IB Students

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Why Study Abroad

The School of Integrative Biology strongly encourages students to participate in a study abroad program.

Several reasons to study abroad include:

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  • A meaningful, shared experience with your Illinois peers
  • Opportunity to explore a different country and culture
  • Ability to earn Illinois credit that will count towards your IB major, thus keeping you on track to graduate on time
  • Broaden your fields of study and courses beyond those here at Illinois
  • Enhance your future applications to professional schools (i.e. medical school or graduate programs)
  • Studying abroad in some countries is actually less expensive than Illinois tuition
  • Personalized IB advising and support for study abroad with your IB Study Abroad Director

LAS-IB Study Abroad Programs

Funding and Scholarships

The College of LAS offers many resources on financial planning, financial aid, and scholarships. In addition to these resources, IB students are also eligible to apply for the Delcomyn International Study in Biology Award.

In 2008, Dr. Fred Delcomyn and Nancy A. Delcomyn established the “Delcomyn International Study in Biology Award” to benefit undergraduate students majoring in Integrative Biology who wish to take advantage of educational opportunities in biology outside the United States and Canada. Such activities may include but are not limited to research projects, intersession courses, or courses offered by the Organization of Tropical Studies, that are held outside of the United States of America

Eligibility for the Delcomyn Award:

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  • Current undergraduate student majoring in Integrative Biology or Integrative Biology Honors.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • A research project approved by the SIB Director or acceptance to a course or conference outside the US or Canada.
  • A statement (no longer than 2 pages) describing the research to be conducted and its significance, or the benefit applicant expects to receive by attending the international course or conference.
  • A detailed budget. The budget should detail the cost of airfare and/or course costs. Funds will not be provided for lodging or meals.
  • Letter of support from a faculty member.
  • Applications will be reviewed throughout the year as they are received by the School of Integrative Biology administrative office (286 Morrill Hall or Applications will be accepted until funds for the year are exhausted.

Application Process:

Download the cover sheet (pdf) and submit application electronically to the Undergraduate Awards Committee, Please use the subject line [YOUR NAME] 2023 Delcomyn Award. Questions may be directed to


To be eligible for LAS-IB Study Abroad programs, IB majors must:

  • Complete IB core courses (IB 202, 203, 204, and 302)
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  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (see IB 496 Tropical Forest Ecology in Panama and IB 496 Natural History of Coral Reefs for these programs' requirements)
  • Be in good health and have the kind of flexibility & sensitivity to others that allows for successful adjustment to unfamiliar cultural settings
  • Recommended semesters: spring of the third year or fall of the fourth year. Other options may be available depending on circumstances


Instagram pic of three smiling UofI students aloft a boat LAS-IB study abroad programs are residential meaning students receive LAS advanced hours and residency credit for all coursework abroad. Additionally, students in LAS-IB programs take pre-approved courses that count toward the IB major, thus allowing students to stay on track for graduation.

Prior to applying, IB students interested in studying abroad are required to meet with Director of Study Abroad Programs for SIB, Allison O’Dwyer. In this meeting, students receive tailored advising on program and course selection as well as course mapping for the remainder of their IB degree program. Students also receive financial planning and aid resources and pre-departure checklists.


Application deadlines: