In general, Theatre Arts majors are encouraged to study abroad during their junior and/or senior year. Summer and winter programs are highly recommended, especially for double majors who do not have time for study abroad during the school year. Theatre Arts majors can enroll in summer and winter abroad programs at any point during their time at the U of I.
The courses you take abroad will be dependent on when you study abroad. For instance, if you study abroad during your first or second year, you’ll probably want to focus on fulfilling general education requirements. Student who study abroad later will have more opportunities to take courses related to their major while abroad. More information about fulfilling academic requirements abroad as a Theatre Arts major is available here .
Freshman year is best spent fulfilling general education requirements and figuring out whether the Theatre Arts major is right for you (Theatre Arts students usually declare their major at the beginning of their sophomore year). The summer after your freshmen year is a great time to study abroad, though, especially if you are interested in fulfilling your world languages requirement  abroad.
Sophomore year is best spent fulfilling your introductory Theatre Arts requirements and choosing an emphasis area , if you want one. Again, the summer after sophomore year is a great time to study abroad.
Juniors & Seniors
Junior and senior year are excellent times to study abroad. Just be sure that you’re on track to graduate in time when you return!
Summer, Winter, & Spring Break
If you can’t seem to find time for study abroad during the academic year, consider a summer program like the London Performance Study  and/or a winter program like the Brazil Carnival Program . You might also consider taking International Programs’ International Perspectives: Xiotepec  course, through which you can spend spring break in Mexico presenting a theatre project.