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Major Guide: Finance


Major Coursework

As a Finance majors, students should adhere to the following criteria in major course selection for study abroad:

  • Students may not take FINC 301 abroad. This course builds the groundwork for all major coursework and must be taken in the US.
  • 3 out of 9 hours of Finance electives can be taken abroad.
  • Coursework must be upper division (300 – 400 level)

*Students should meet with an IPSA advisor to receive final approval for Finance coursework.

Non-major Coursework

Although Finance majors are only allowed to take one Finance elective while abroad, there are many other ways to take business coursework and fulfill other degree requirements abroad. Other types of courses available for study abroad include:

  • General education (ethics, arts & humanities, non-business electives)
  • Pre-business core (MGT 202, ECON 211 & 213, STAT 201 equivalents)
  • Business core (BULW 301 & 332 equivalents)
  • Foreign language (HCB requires completion through intermediate level)
  • Collateral/concentration

Course Options

The following are examples of possible major elective courses available.

*This is not an exhaustive list.

  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment Management
  • Asia-Pacific Capital Markets
  • Monetary Economies


Students interested in pursuing a Finance elective course while abroad should consider:

  • Students are only able to take Finance elective coursework after completion of their tracking courses, which is typically after Sophomore year.
  • Finance majors are able to go abroad after their first semester of Freshman year if they are only taking general education courses or Pre-Business core courses.
  • Students should not study abroad their final semester at UT if they plan to graduate in May due to the delay in transcript processing.
  • At least 75% of major coursework must be taken at UT.

Selecting Your Collateral / Concentration

Another option of courses to take abroad are through your collateral/concentration. Please refer to your Haslam Student Handbook for all possible combinations.

The International Business (IB) concentration offers the most flexibility in course availability. Please note:

  • All 12 credit hours of IB elective coursework can be taken abroad.
  • Business coursework that is international in scope and upper division (300-400 level) can be counted as an IB elective.
  • IB courses give students the opportunity to pursue country or region-specific coursework that offers unique insight into international business practices.

Recommended Programs

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

Hong Kong city view from neighboring mountain VIenna, Austria

Chinese University of Hong Kong

IES Abroad London: Direct Enrollment – City, University of London

IES Abroad Vienna: European Society & Culture

Program Type: UT Exchange

Program Location: Hong Kong, China

Program Feature: Buddy program; Volunteer opportunities


Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: London, England

Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: Vienna, Austria

Program Feature: Internship placements available

Quick Look: CUHK seeks to combine tradition with modernity and to bring together China and the West. It is the largest, greenest, and second oldest university in Hong Kong. Quick Look: The area of London known as “the City” was, in the Medieval Age, the extent of London. Today, the City geographically represents only a portion of London, yet its name is synonymous with the financial heart of Britain. Quick Look: Consistently ranked top 5 cities for best value of life, Vienna is often considered the Financial Capital of Europe.
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University of Liverpool

University of New South Wales

UT in Madrid

(Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Program Type: UT Exchange

Program Location: Liverpool, England

Program Features: Buddy program; Student clubs & organizations; Volunteer opportunities

Program Type: UT Exchange

Program Location: Sydney, Australia

Program Feature: Internship placements available; Student clubs & organizations

Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: Madrid, Spain

Program Feature: Internship placements available; Student clubs & organizations


Quick Look: A thrilling world city, Liverpool is the birthplace of the Beatles, the fastest growing city in the UK outside London, and is home to the UK’s oldest Chinese community. Quick Look: Ranked 4th best student city in the world, Sydney is home to around 500 multinational companies and over 100 beaches. UNSW is connected by public transportation to every part of the city. Quick Look: Study at the “Harvard of Spain” and explore the city that is considered the major financial centre and leading economic hub of the Iberian Peninsula and of Southern Europe.

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Chinese University of Hong Kong: Language & Business

ISA Limerick: International Business

London School of Economics and Political Science

Program Type: UT Exchange

Program Location: Hong Kong, China

Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: Limerick, Ireland

Program Feature: Service-learning opportunities


Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: London, England

Quick Look: With year-round sunshine and long stretches of coastline, the Gold Coast is home to top universities like Bond, and an array of fun activities like surfing. Quick Look: Develop your knowledge of business while learning about the influence politics, law, history and sociology have on business decisions in the historic port city of Limerick. Quick Look: Study next door to the Royal Courts of Justice building, the financial district, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.