The General Education Program  is designed provide you with critical thinking and communication skills while exposing you to various disciplines including mathematics, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and technology. All general education courses offered at the U of I are designed with these criteria in mind, and courses taken abroad need to meet the same criteria before being approved in substitution for a UI gen-ed course.
Many overseas programs sponsored by the U of I offer courses that have already been reviewed and approved for gen-ed credit. For more information about these courses, consult with a program advisor in the Study Abroad Office. Note: You’ll need to have a specific program in mind before you contact a program advisor. Check out the Recommended Programs  section of this MAP, recommended programs for your major (check out your Major Advising Page ), and/or browse for programs here .
It’s also possible to propose an overseas course for gen-ed substitution. Submit your request to an advisor in the Study Abroad Office, who will forward it for review.
All students should consult with a Study Abroad Advisor  before enrolling in courses abroad. Be sure to complete a Credit Approval Form (available in the Study Abroad Office) and return it to your advisor by the indicated deadline.
The following is a breakdown of the College of Liberal Arts and Science’s General Education program requirements , with information relevant to study abroad. If you are not in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, consult with the Dean of your college to discuss which general education courses can be taken abroad.
Communication & Literacy
The Communication & Literacy requirement includes coursework in Rhetoric, Interpretation of Literature, and World Languages. Interpretation of Literature and Rhetoric must be taken at the U of I. However, U of I students are highly encouraged to engage in language study abroad. For information about how to fulfill your World Languages requirement abroad, see the Recommended Programs  section of this site, which focuses exclusively on language study.
Natural, Quantitative, & Social Sciences
You should be able to find overseas equivalents for some of the UI courses listed under the Natural, Quantitative, & Social Sciences requirement. Do not expect to satisfy your Natural Science Lab requirement with an overseas course.
Culture, Society, & the Arts
You should be able to find overseas equivalents for many of the UI courses listed under the Culture, Society, & the Arts requirement.