- What is study abroad?
- When should I study abroad?
- I'm thinking about studying abroad. What is the next step?
- Will I receive academic credits?
- Do I need to know a foreign language?
- Will I continue to receive financial aid if I study abroad?
- Is there any fee involved in studying abroad?
- When will I be charged for my study abroad program?
- Do I need a visa?
Study abroad is any academic work that students engage in outside the U.S. for college credits. Study abroad can take several forms:
- Faculty-led programs - short-term programs, where students travel with an ESU faculty member for academic purposes and obtain from 1 to 6 credits.
- Semester programs - students may participate in a study abroad for the duration of a semester for a minimum of 12 credits (Fall or Spring).
- Year-long programs - Students may study abroad during a whole academic year; typically from Fall to Spring for a minimum of 12 credits each semester.
Most students from Emporia State University go abroad during their sophomore and junior year. However, depending on the major and the academic progress, some senior students may participate in study abroad programs. Also, freshman students may participate in an academic experience the summer following the completion of the first academic year.
Study abroad requires planning far in advance. Most deadlines are one or even two semesters before starting the program. Check the program deadlines carefully and plan accordingly. It is never too early to start planning for a study abroad experience!
- Make an appointment with the OIE study abroad advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your study abroad plans and decide if and when studying abroad is right for you.
- Meet with your academic advisor to see how your plans to study abroad fit with your academic progress.
- Start filling out your ESU Study Abroad Application Packet, following carefully the checklist and instructions detailed in the packet.
- Champion all the signatures needed for approval of your study abroad plan. These signature include your Dean, Department Chair, Dean of International Education, and Registration.
All study abroad activity is credit-bearing. The mechanic of obtaining credits will differ, depending on the program of choice.
In the case of ESU programs (whereby students enroll in ESU courses and travel with faculty members), students may not need to transfer credits. However, students studying abroad in non-ESU programs will most likely transfer credits. To transfer credits, students need to fill-out a Prior Approval Form, as part of the ESU Study Abroad Application Packet. The Prior Approval Form contains a detailed list of courses approved by the corresponding Department Chairs, identifying ESU courses that serve as equivalency. All non-ESU study abroad programs require that students submit a Post Approval Form upon return. The Post Approval Form lists all the courses taken and approved at the host university and needs to match the transcript received from the academic institution overseas. All approved credits are transferred after a study abroad experience. Where possible, grades may also be transferred.
The student is responsible for requesting at the host university an official transcript to be sent directly to the Office of International Education.
Proficiency in a foreign language is not always required for a study abroad experience, although it helps! Some ESU students decide to study abroad in English speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, etc. In addition, students will find many foreign universities throughout the Emporia State University study abroad network that offer instruction in English, regardless of the national language. Click here to find study abroad destinations where English is used as instruction language.
Financial aid for students who study abroad works very much like it does for students who study at ESU. Typically, you need to be enrolled full-time during the semester of study abroad to get your financial aid disbursed. In addition, students need to be mindful that financial aid monies are disbursed according to ESU's academic calendar. In other words, if the study abroad program starts before the beginning of the ESU semester, there will be a wait period before financial aid is disbursed.
Below are the steps to use if the student is planning to study abroad and needs financial assistance. Each of these steps must be completed before leaving for a study abroad experience:
- Apply for a study abroad program
- Apply for federal aid by way of the FAFSA (if you have not already done so)
- Complete the Study Abroad Information for Financial Aid form (as part of the ESU Study Abroad Application Packet)
- Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor and obtain their signature on the form
- Make all necessary arrangements for disbursement (i.e. if the monies are disbursed after your departure)
- Complete the payment agreement form for each period of enrollment in which you will be studying abroad
- Be sure to have a valid checking account to transfer any excess of financial aid monies
Yes, Emporia State University assesses an administrative fee for most study abroad programs. These fees were revised for the academic year 2012-2013. The fee will be posted in you student account at the beginning of the semester you will be studying abroad.
For summer study abroad programs, charges may be assessed up to two semesters prior to the study abroad opportunity, following the payment schedule defined by the program. Any financial aid/scholarship funds remaining after the semester charges have been paid will be applied to study abroad charges.
For semester programs which are paid at ESU you will be charged at the beginning of ESU's semester.
For semester programs which are through a direct enrollment with a partner provider, you will follow their payment schedule.
- Semester or Year-long programs: Depending on the country and your country of citizenship, students who study abroad for a semester or more (i.e. 90+ days) may need a visa or a residence permit. You MUST check the specific country's entry/exit requirements.
- Short-term/Faculty-led programs: Students who study abroad on short-term programs MUST check the country's entry requirements. You may or may not need a visa depending on the length of your stay and your country of citizenship.
A transit visa is sometimes required when the flight connection involves a 3rd country. Visas are required based on your citizenship and/or the country that issued your passport. Visas often take more than a month to process, so please be sure to apply for a visa well before you are scheduled to leave the U.S. YOU are responsible for applying, paying for, and getting the visa. Sometimes this includes going to another state for an appointment with the consulate of the country you will be studying in. The fee for the visa is NOT included in the cost of the program.
Please visit some of the following websites to learn about visa requirements:
If you have further questions about visa requirements, please consult with the Office of International Education.