Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world? At OU, we prepare our students to be global citizens. Nearly one out of every four students study abroad in our more than 1,000 programs across the world. OU students who study abroad pay OU tuition and fees and continue to receive scholarships and financial aid. In fact, President Boren offers a Travel Fellowship so more students have the opportunity to participate. Visit our study abroad page for more information.
Although we offer more than 1,000 study abroad programs in over 80 countries and 200 cities around the world, we listed a few of our favorites below!
For a full list, visit studyabroad.ou.edu.
There are currently more than 1,500 international students studying at OU. The OU Cousins program pairs international and U.S. students in a “cousins” relationship that encourages sharing of cultures.
OU frequently hosts international scholars and policy makers. Over the past few years, guests have included former President George H.W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and historian David McCullough. Stemming from our president’s interest in international affairs, these events often focus on the resolution of international issues and students are invited to explore a global perspective by interacting with these guests.
OU annually hosts this event at Couch Restaurants where students get to sample cuisines from around the world.
International Eye Institute is a social enterprise working to provide cataract surgeries in the Sichuan province of China. An OU student team collaborated with local hospital systems to create a sustainable business model. This undergraduate team took top honors at the Wake Forest Elevator Pitch Competition. Along with American and Chinese surgeons, OU students are planning a $10 million eye institute in Chengdu that will provide basic vision services and ophthalmic subspecialty care to the region’s 110 million urban and rural residents.
OU students working on QuenchTECH partnered with OU’s WaTER Center to help the 8 million people in Ethiopia who are affected by fluorosis. In Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, the high levels of fluoride in the drinking water result in dental and skeletal disease. Left untreated, fluorosis causes darkening of the teeth and bone deformities. The students created an innovative business model to commercialize the bone char technique of water deflouridation. To ensure the model’s success, it was taken to the Ethiopian communities to be implemented.