International and Study Abroad Programs

Purchase College, in collaboration with SUNY and international partner institutions, is developing innovative study abroad, online, and international dual-diploma and degree completion programs that promise to serve as a model for global undergraduate education. Building on the college’s successful study abroad programs, these international initiatives are being designed to attract a significant number of new international students to Purchase, enriching the cultural diversity of the campus community and offering Purchase students distinctive opportunities for global education.

Study Abroad
Studying in another country often becomes one of the most treasured experiences in a college education. Language and culture can be studied in an American classroom or perfected in the streets and cafes of a foreign land. Seeing an unknown part of the world and gaining a new perspective on an area of study can greatly enhance a student’s education. Viewing the United States from another region of the world can enrich a student’s understanding of his or her own country, major, and self. In addition, experience abroad can open new and unexpected career options after graduation.

Hundreds of study abroad opportunities are available through Purchase College, other SUNY campuses, and affiliated schools around the world.

  1. Purchase College Study Abroad Programs
    Purchase College offers study abroad programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, and Spain. These interdisciplinary programs feature courses that fulfill requirements for the major in language and culture and/or other general education requirements. In addition to several levels of language in some programs, courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, art history, creative writing, drama, history, journalism, literature, marine biology, philosophy, photography and other visual arts, and political science.
  2. Exchange Programs
    Eligible students at Purchase College may participate in exchanges with institutions affiliated with the college in Australia, China, Denmark, England, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, or Taiwan. A wide variety of disciplines, including the arts, is offered. Tuition is paid to Purchase College, so only living expenses and fees are paid abroad.
  3. Other SUNY Study Abroad Programs
    Eligible students at Purchase College may also take advantage of the hundreds of programs offered in more than 70 countries through other SUNY campuses. Credits earned in SUNY study abroad programs count toward graduation.

For students interested in studying abroad, the Office of International Programs and Services also offers a preparatory course, Going Global: Intercultural Communication.

For detailed information on these programs and updates during 2013–2015, please visit or contact:

Office of International Programs and Services
(914) 251-6032

SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
The SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), headquartered at the SUNY Global Center in New York City, embraces the globally networked landscape of academia by supporting collaborative, online, international learning as a means to internationalize curricula, build global partnerships, and help prepare our students for global work and civil engagement. Originally conceived and developed at Purchase College, COIL engages faculty and staff across the SUNY system and in numerous countries, helping them develop courses that are team-taught with an international partner. Students enroll in these courses at their own institution and meet online with their peers abroad, working together within a course module or over a full semester. Several COIL courses have been taught at Purchase College.

For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit

International Dual-Diploma and Degree Completion Programs
Purchase College is participating in the following collaboration with a partner institution abroad:

In the spring of 2007, Purchase completed an articulation agreement with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore for an innovative degree-completion program. In this program, which involves dance faculty serving as consultants and instructors in Singapore, selected students who have completed their three-year diploma in dance in Singapore will be able to complete the BFA in dance at Purchase.

For additional information and updates on international dual-diploma and degree completion programs during 2013–2015, please contact:

Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs
Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
(914) 251-6020

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