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The Department of Urban Planning and Policy recognizes that planning is increasingly a global activity, and works to provide students with opportunities for international exchange that will enhance their ability to work globally.

Currently, the two primary vehicles for students to gain international experience are the Department's negotiated agreements with the Peace Corps for participation in the Peace Corps Masters International program, and with the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin.

Students in the department may also pursue opportunities through study abroad. This is typically done either by participation in exchange programs developed by other accredited planning departments or through arranging to study at institutions abroad that have a negotiated agreement with UIC through its Office of International Affairs. Students wishing to pursue either of these options should consult with Ann Barnds at 312-996-2165 early in the process, to ensure that their planned study abroad will be accepted towards fulfillment of degree requirements in UPP.