Below you will find answers to common questions students often have about the education abroad process.
Choosing A Program/The Application Process
Why should I participate in an education abroad program?
Education abroad programs can help you grow personally, academically, and professionally. Here are some key benefits of participating in an education abroad program as described by NAFSA: Association for International Educators:
Enhance Your Global Awareness: You can enhance your awareness of the world around you by studying abroad. To be an educated citizen today requires students to able to see the world through others' eyes and to understand the international dimensions of the problems we confront as a nation, skills that are enhanced by an education abroad experience.
Enhance Your Academic Learning: You can help enhance your academic learning by studying abroad. A study abroad experience will introduce you to new professors who can expose you to new viewpoints beyond your campus, and a diverse student body that can introduce you to different customs and cultures. A study abroad experience also lets you expand your academic learning outside of the classroom, because you live what you are learning.
Develop Your Leadership Skills: You can strengthen your leadership skills by studying abroad. An educational opportunity outside the United States can be among the most valuable tools for preparing a student to participate and lead effectively in an increasingly interconnected international community that demands cross-cultural skills and knowledge.
Advance Your Career: You can help advance your career by studying abroad. In today's increasingly global society, obtaining international skills and knowledge can make you more marketable in getting a job and more productive once you're in the job.
Experience Personal Growth: You can experience significant personal growth by studying abroad. Students who study abroad discover that in the process of learning about other countries and cultures they end up learning more about themselves in ways that simply cannot be replicated in the comforting and familiar confines of an American campus.
Learn Another Language: Students can better learn another language by studying abroad. Immersion in another language through study abroad is one of the best ways to gain proficiency in that language.
What kinds of programs are there?
We offer a variety of different program opportunities for students. Below is each main type of program that we offer.
- Faculty-Led Programs are led by KSU Faculty and are designed for KSU students. Programs can be 2 to 7 weeks long and are primarily offered during the summer. Offerings may vary from year to year and each program has a set itinerary and cost associated with it. Course offerings are set by the faculty ahead of time. Tuition and Fees are paid to KSU. Airfare and some other expenses are paid for separately.
- KSU Exchange Programs allow you to earn KSU Credit while enrolled at a partner university abroad for a semester or Academic Year long. These programs allow you to be immersed in a new culture while earning credit towards graduation. Course offerings depend on the host university. Tuition and Fees are paid to KSU. Airfare, housing, meals, and some other expenses are paid for separately.
- Many other opportunities are available like Internships, Directed Studies or Research Abroad. These programs are individualized, vary greatly and also require a KSU application, so we can still support your experience abroad.
- If a student can’t find a KSU program that fits their needs, they can find a Non-KSU Program/Outgoing Transient Program, such as a program at another university, or with a provider like ISA, TEAN, CIS Abroad, ISEP, etc. These programs will all award transfer credit. Costs will vary and will be paid to the host institution or provider. It is encouraged to review these programs carefully. We will also require a KSU program application so that we can help support you in the process and sometimes help you get financial aid for the transfer courses.
*Each program is unique. Please check the Program Finder for the most accurate information.
Where can I find more information about the education abroad opportunities offered by KSU?
There are several ways to find out more about education abroad!
- Explore our website
Attend the Education Abroad Fair: Usually held in October, the Education Abroad Fair is an all-day event where we market all of our upcoming programs. It’s a great place to explore, ask questions, and gather information.
- Contact us: Email email@example.com or call (470) 578-6336.
- Visit us: The Education Abroad Office is located in the Academic Learning Center on the Kennesaw campus. We are on the fifth floor, suite 5625. Walk in advising is Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm.
Can I study abroad with another university or a non-KSU program provider?
Yes. By participating in a non-KSU program you will become an “outgoing transient”. You still need to meet with an education abroad advisor and an academic advisor to determine how your credits will transfer back to KSU.
How long can I study abroad for?
The length of your time abroad depends on the program you choose. We offer programs as short as one week and as long as an academic year.
Can I do an internship abroad?
Yes. The Education Abroad Office can work together with your department to help you receive credit for an internship abroad. Please contact us for more information.
When is the application deadline?
Application deadlines vary by program and term. Start early! Generally deadlines are at least one semester before the desired program term. Individual program deadlines can be found on our website by visiting the program information page.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Yes. Generally a minimum 2.5 adjusted GPA (undergraduate) and a minimum 3.0 adjusted GPA (graduate) is required for KSU faculty led programs. For exchange programs the minimum GPA requirement is a 2.75 adjusted GPA (undergraduate) and 3.0 adjusted GPA (graduate). Requirements vary by program and are subject to change.
See the Education Abroad Student Eligibility Policy for more.
Do I have to know how to speak a foreign language?
No. We offer many programs with no language requirement. In most cases courses are taught in English, even in countries where the official language is not English. There are always representatives in the host country who speak English and are available to help you. Please visit our website for language requirements for individual programs.
Do I have to be a Junior or Senior to study abroad?
No. In order to study abroad you must have completed at least one semester at KSU and be in good academic standing. However, requirements vary by program and you must meet the pre-requisites for the courses offered.
I am an international student. Can I participate in education abroad programs?
Yes, of course! Please keep in mind that visa requirements might be different for you depending on your home country. Additionally, restrictions may apply to students who are participating in an education abroad program in their home country. For these reasons, international students must meet with an F1 Student Advisor before traveling out of the country for an education abroad program.Contact International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO)