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International and Study Abroad Programs

Purchase College, in collaboration with other SUNY campuses and with international partner institutions, has developed innovative study abroad, online, and international dual-diploma and degree completion programs. These opportunities, along with an engaged international student population, add to our diverse campus environment and make Purchase College an excellent place to obtain a global education. The college’s internalization efforts are spearheaded by the Office of International Programs and Services, in partnership with the academic units and student-support offices.

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 Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs
    Purchase College offers several study abroad programs in Costa Rica, France, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, and Spain during the summer and winter sessions. These short-term programs, which run three to five weeks, feature courses that can fulfill requirements for a major and/or general education requirements. In addition to courses in several languages, 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. Summer and Semester Exchange Programs
    Students at Purchase College may be eligible to participate in summer and semester exchanges with international partner universities. Some of the locations include Australia, China, Denmark, England, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan. Tuition is paid to Purchase College, so only living expenses and associated fees are paid abroad.
  3. Other Study Abroad Programs through the SUNY Network
    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 information session, Study Abroad 101, each week during the academic year.

For detailed information on these programs and updates during 2016–2018, please visit or contact:

Office of International Programs and Services
Student Services Building, Second Floor
(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, please email Keith Landa (, the COIL campus coordinator for Purchase College.

International Dual-Diploma and Degree Completion Programs
Purchase College participates 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 (NAFA) 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 2016–2018, 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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