Because of globalization, the number of students in U.S. colleges and universities who go abroad to study economics is increasing. The Princeton economics department encourages students to study abroad. However, because the study of economics is sequential (courses must be completed in a particular order), students need to plan well ahead and carefully to spend a semester or year abroad.
The best times for economics majors to study abroad are Sophomore Spring and Junior Spring. See details in the Department's document linked to above.
Because the Economics Department only rarely permits core courses to be taken abroad, and because core courses may not be postponed to senior year, potential economics concentrators planning to study abroad must complete the appropriate core courses in their sophomore year. It is almost never feasible to spend a semester abroad in the senior year.
The Economics Department provides extensive information about preparation for study abroad for potential economics majors on its departmental website. If you are interested in or planning to concentrate in economics, you should read this document carefully.
Princeton’s exchange with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, gives Princeton students concentrating or planning on concentrating in Economics the opportunity to study at one of the foremost economics and finance universities in Europe. Previous study of Italian is desirable, but not required. Bocconi offers a wide range of courses in English (more than 90 each semester), and an intensive crash course in Italian for three weeks before the beginning of each semester.
Other Suggested Programs
ECO majors can study abroad through a variety of programs. Below are some suggestions from your study abroad advisers:
- University of Melbourne, Australia
- University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia*
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- University of Sydney via IFSA-Butler, Sydney, Australia
- Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
- University of Hong Kong, China*
- Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Copenhagen, Denmark
- London School of Economics and Political Science, England*
- Queen Mary, University of London, England*
- University College London, England*
- Worcester College, Oxford University, Oxford, England*
- Pembroke College, Cambridge University, England
- University College London, England
- Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Germany
- College Year in Athens, Greece*
- University College Dublin, Ireland
- Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
- Bocconi University, Milan, Italy*
- Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
- University of Edinburgh, Scotland*
- University of Cape Town, South Africa*
- Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
- CIEE Study Center at University of Carlos III, Madrid, Spain