There are many ways for Human Development and Family Studies majors to gain international experience, from a ten-day faculty-led study tour, to summer courses or internships abroad, to studying at a partner university for a semester or academic year. Study abroad can take you to destinations all around the world – from South America, to Europe, to Asia – via programs offered by the College of ACES, other colleges on campus, the Study Abroad Office and third party providers. Almost 50 percent of HDFS students participate in at least one study abroad experience during their years at UIUC!
One of the most popular opportunities for our students is the 3-week Service-Learning Study Tour in Cape Town, South Africa. As part of that experience, students volunteer in health-care clinics, shelters, schools, facilities for children with physical disabilities, or another site best suited to their interests. They also experience the spectacular landscape and diverse culture of South Africa. Great preparation for a variety of careers and an unforgettable, transformative learning experience! Here's a video about this trip: https://youtu.be/EYU8IfomYbQ