Below you will find answers to common questions students often have about the education abroad process.

Choosing A Program/The Application Process

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 educationabroad@kennesaw.edu 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)


  • There are a range of courses available through our many education abroad programs. Students can earn general education, elective or major course credit depending on the program. It is important that you speak with your academic advisor to determine how your education abroad credits will fit into your degree program.
  • The amount of credit hours offered also varies by program. On average faculty led programs offer 6 credit hours. Semester long exchange programs offer an average of 12 credit hours.
  • Usually. The majority of the time you either enroll directly in KSU courses or you will complete pre-departure paperwork to ensure your credits transfer back. It is important you meet with your academic and education abroad advisor if you have questions about how your coursework will transfer back. There may be additional paperwork involved if you are participating in an exchange program or a non-KSU education abroad program.
  • Per KSU policy you must complete at least 30 semester hours in residence at Kennesaw State (Coles College of Business requires 33 hours). At least 20 of the last 30 semester hours preceding graduation must be earned in residence. In addition, 24 semester hours of the upper level major requirements must be earned in residence at KSU.

Costs/Financial Aid

  • Education abroad is more affordable than you think! We offer programs to fit a wide range of budgets. Cost varies by program and is determined by a number of factors including destination, and length of stay. If you would like more information on program costs please visit the individual program pages located on our website.

    Program fees are exclusive of tuition and airfare. Both program fees and tuition will be billed through Owl Express.

  • Yes! In most cases federal student aid, grants, and scholarships can be used to cover tuition and costs associated with education abroad. Some aid may depend on your coursework and it’s applicability to your degree program. It is important that you contact financial aid with any specific questions you may have.
  • Yes! KSU offers a variety of internal scholarships. Award amounts and rules for eligibility vary. We also recommend checking out external study abroad scholarships, such as the Gilman Scholarship and the Fund for Education Abroad. For more information about available scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Page.


  • Contact the education abroad advisor for your program to let them know of our plans. You will be required to complete an independent travel form for your additional days of our travels. Your education abroad program coordinator can also provide you with information on how to purchase international medical insurance for the time you are traveling outside of the program’s scheduled dates. There may also be additional paperwork needed.
  • Accommodations vary by program, and you can find more information on the individual program pages. Generally speaking students stay in a dormitory, apartment, hotel, or home-stay.
  • The Education Abroad Office is not responsible for assisting you with negotiating the terms of your contract. Whether you live on or off campus it is your responsibility to meet with housing management to determine your options. In many cases you may be required to pay a fee to transfer your room to another student or sub-lease your room.
  • Maybe. Vaccinations/immunizations vary by destination. For the most accurate and up to date information visit the CDC website and select your destination. You can get vaccinations/immunizations at several locations such as the KSU Health Clinic, your local health department, or your doctor.
  • In most cases, no. For this reason the KSU Education Abroad Office requires approved international health insurance be purchased before participating in an education abroad program. For more information on insurance requirements please contact the Education Abroad Office.
  • All students who participate in an education abroad program must have a passport which is valid for at least six months beyond the last day of their program. Processing times for new passports or passport renewals vary and can take as long as three months. For everything you need to know about getting or renewing a passport visit the Department of State's U.S. Passports Page.
  • Visa requirements vary by program and destination. For many faculty led programs, check with your professor or Program Coordinator about visa requirements. For exchange programs, internships, and non-KSU programs it will be your responsibility to obtain your visa. For more information, please visit the Department of State's U.S. International Travel Page.