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International and Area Studies

International and Area Studies Advisement Center
Anna Ortiz, Supervisor
273 HRCB, (801) 422-3548

International and Area Studies Program Coordinators

    African Studies, Chantal Thompson
    Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Eric Huntsman
    Asian Studies, Eric A. Hyer
    European Studies, Nick Mason
    International Development, Tim Heaton
    International Relations, Ken Stiles
    Latin American Studies, Christopher Lund
    Middle East Studies / Arabic, James A. Toronto

Admission to Degree Programs

All undergraduate international and area studies degree programs are open enrollment.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

    Students should see the International and Area Studies Advisement Center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

General Information

International Study Programs

International Study Programs (ISP) are open to students from all university majors. Students need not be formally admitted to BYU to participate in International Study and BYU credit may be transferred to their home institution.

Study Abroad: BYU's traditional off-campus study programs. In these programs students are able to further their general education; pursue specialized courses in languages, the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and other fields; gain valuable insights into their own country; and further international understanding.

Direct Enrollment: Students are integrated into an international university, taught by faculty native to that county, and are not accompanied by BYU faculty.

International Internships: Short-term, on-the-job apprentice training abroad under the direction of a firm, government agency, NGO, or other such institution.

Field Studies: A research experience abroad for small numbers of students directed by faculty, who generally do not accompany the students.

For further information, see the Office of International Study Programs in the David M. Kennedy Center, 101 HRCB,, and (801) 422-3686.