Study Abroad FAQ

Common Study Abroad Questions:


Q: What are the benefits of studying abroad?

  • Gain international experience and perspective
  • Enhance your resume and job prospects
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Make lifelong friends from around the world
  • Personal growth and development
  • Understand the world on a more global scale

Q: How do I choose a study abroad program?

  • Consider your academic interests and goals
  • Research different countries and cultures
  • Compare program costs and scholarships
  • Talk to current or former study abroad students
  • Attend study abroad fairs or information sessions

Q: What are the application requirements for study abroad programs?

  1. Be in Good Academic Standing at your home institution
  2. Be enrolled in an academic institution during the program's active semester
  3. Purchase a passport for international travel
  4. Completed application form for your desired destination
  5. Meet with the Registrar's Office and/or advisor for course approval advice for chosen destination
  6. Gain approval signatures needed for required degree course substitutions at your home institute
  7. Do not miss the down payment and regular payment deadlines
  8. Transient students from another institution may take only the study abroad course(s)

Q: How can I afford to study abroad?

  • Apply for scholarships and grants
  • Save money by working part-time or full-time
  • Take out loans or ask family/friends to invest in your future
  • Participate in a work-study program
  • Apply for a virtual exchange program

Q: What are the safety concerns of studying abroad?

  • Research the crime rates and safety precautions of your chosen destination and be aware
  • Register with your home country's embassy or consulate
  • Most programs require and therefore provide travel insurance
  • Be aware of your surroundings and take proper precautions, such as not walking alone at night and not carrying large amounts of cash

Common Study Abroad Facts:

  • Over 370,000 American students study abroad each year.
  • The most popular destinations for study abroad are the United Kingdom, Australia, China, France, and Italy.
  • The average cost of studying abroad is $18,000 per year, $3,000-$5,000 for shorter summer semesters.
  • There are many scholarships and grants available to help students afford to study abroad.
  • Studying abroad can lead to increased job opportunities and higher salaries.

Additional Tips for Studying Abroad:

  • Start planning early.
  • Do your research.
  • Be open to new experiences.
  • Be prepared for culture shock and/or reverse culture shock.
  • Take advantage of your time abroad.
  • Make the most of your study abroad experience.