Do you have questions about your study abroad application or program? 

Applying to Study Abroad Programs

Can I apply to more than one study abroad program at a time?

Yes, but notify your Study Abroad Advisor if you plan to do this. There may be certain restrictions and limitations.

How will I know whether or not I was accepted to a study abroad program?

You will receive your application decision via email after the study abroad deadline for your program has passed.

What does it mean if I was “waitlisted” for a study abroad program, and what should I do in the meantime?

It means the program you are applying to has reached full capacity. It is possible that someone will withdraw from the program after the deadline, in which case you may be eligible to take a vacated spot.

NOTE: In order to be included on the waitlist, you must complete all application requirements before the deadline. This is not a guarantee that you will be able to participate in a study abroad program.

What happens after I am accepted?

Once you have been accepted to a program, you will receive an email from GEO regarding your acceptance with instructions on how to complete your application.

NOTE: Once you have been accepted to a program, there are still application requirements you must complete. Failure to complete these requirements will mean your application is incomplete.

Academics of Study Abroad Programs

Are there language requirements for studying abroad?

Language requirements differ from program to program. If developing language skills is a priority to you or, conversely, if you prefer to participate in a study abroad program that is taught in English, let your Study Abroad Advisor know this preference when you meet.

Is there a GPA requirement to study abroad?

Yes. You must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Students with a GPA lower than a 2.75 must talk to their Study Abroad Advisor to request a GPA Petition to allow them to study abroad.

What is the GPA Petition process?

You must make an appointment to meet with your study abroad advisor to get the GPA Petition Form. Complete the form, write a short essay (~500 words) detailing how you will manage your studies while abroad, and get a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor. The GPA Petition must be approved by the Director of GEO.

I am a transfer student, can I study abroad?

Yes you can, but not during your first semester at St. Edward’s University. You must have an established GPA of 2.75 or higher at St. Edward’s University to be eligible to participate in study abroad programs.

I am an international student, can I study abroad?

Yes. Inform your International Student Advisor of your plans. In addition, you are responsible for acquiring any visa or travel documentation you may need to participate in a study abroad program. Contact iss [at] stedwards.edu with any questions or concerns.

Costs of Study Abroad Programs

Does financial aid apply to the cost? 

Yes, but there are stipulations. Federal financial aid (any funds from your FAFSA) can be applied toward any of the three types of study abroad programs (Faculty-Led, Provider, or Exchange).

St. Edward’s financial aid (scholarships) can ONLY be applied to Faculty-Led and Exchange programs. Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

How much spending money should I take?

We highly recommend creating a budget based on your personal spending habits and the cost of living where you plan to study abroad. Your study abroad advisor can help you find resources to create a realistic budget for while you are abroad.

Traveling during Study Abroad Programs

Can I arrive early to my program or stay after it has ended?

The answer to this is almost always yes, with the exception of programs that include group airfare. If group airfare is included in your program, deviations ARE NOT allowed. You must travel into and out of the country with the group.

Am I allowed to travel elsewhere during free weekends or campus holidays?

If you are on an Exchange program, you are free to travel on your weekends and campus holidays.  If you are on a Provider program or a Faculty-Led program, you are generally allowed to travel only when other weekend activities/excursions are not scheduled. 

Withdrawing from Study Abroad Programs

What should I do if I want to withdraw from a study abroad program?

First, review the cancellation policy that is part of your study abroad application and understand there are financial penalties for withdrawing. 

Then, let your Study Abroad Advisor know.  When looking at the policy of cancelations and refunds, we use the first recorded communication about your intent to withdraw as the date from which penalties are assessed.  So, when you are certain you no longer want to participate in a program, the sooner you email your advisor, the better.

What are the withdrawal fees if I withdraw after the deadline?

The cost is dependent on how close your withdrawal is to the start of the study abroad program.