Study Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are study abroad programs?

It's not necessary to make a long-term commitment to studying abroad. About 90% of students who participate in UD's programs are abroad for just four or five weeks. The vast majority of these students go abroad during UD's winter session or summer session. Going abroad for a short period allows students to experiment with foreign travel and decide if they'd like to study abroad again, perhaps for a semester. Also, a short term abroad allows students to explore the world without getting behind in their major or relinquishing responsibilities on campus.

If you'd like to spend a semester or longer overseas, there are also options available for you. In fact, you can combine programs and stay for even longer (ie, fall in London, then winter in Granada, then spring in Paris). Endless possibilities.

Will I travel alone or with a group?

UD’s study abroad programs do NOT include airfare in the program fee; students are responsible for booking their own flights. ¬†Upon acceptance to a program, students will receive detailed instructions from IGS and their Faculty Director about flights - a group reservation arranged with a travel agency, or a recommended flight to their destination. Most students travel on one of these options.

What if I don't know anyone on my program?

Most students don't know other members of the group before they apply. Sometimes students are reluctant to apply to a study abroad program because they don't know anyone else who is going, even though this is actually the norm! Students will meet briefly at the pre-departure orientation meetings, but the real bonding occurs in-country through common classes, group and independent travel, and the common experience of becoming immersed in another culture. Many students returning from a study abroad experience say that they have made numerous friends through their program, and that they keep these friends throughout their college careers.

Where is the Institute for Global Studies?

The Institute for Global Studies is located on the second floor of Clayton Hall at 100 David Hollowell Drive.

Do I need to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

No, we offer many programs that are taught in English. But if you already speak another language or would like to learn one, study abroad is the easiest way to improve your fluency. We offer many programs that teach foreign language courses abroad -- from beginner to advanced.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

The tuition you pay to study abroad is the same amount you'd pay to study here on campus. In addition, you pay a program fee that covers things like airfare, housing, and excursions. The amount of the program fee depends on the program. When you go abroad, you do NOT have to pay extra for housing and meals on campus.

What is included in the program fee?

This varies from program to program, so you should definitely check with the faculty director or program coordinator to make sure. Generally, the program fee includes overseas housing during the program, GeoBlue medical insurance, program-related excursions and events, and group ground transportation. Many programs also include some or even all meals, and some include daily ground transportation as well (for example a subway pass), or items such as a visa or departure tax where required. Unless otherwise stated, the program fee does NOT include international/overseas airfare, transportation to/from the group's departure airport, nor any other expenses incurred prior to the group's initial departure or after its return at the end of the program. Please note that final program fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final program fees may increase due to airline taxes, fuel surcharges, exchange rates, or changes in the group size.

Can I use my financial aid for study abroad?

Usually, yes. It depends on what kind of aid you receive. Check with the Financial Aid office to see if your aid can be used to help cover study abroad expenses.

Are there any scholarships for study abroad?

Yes! See here for detailed info.

Do I need a certain GPA to study abroad?

Most programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Several semester programs, however, raise that minimum to 2.8. Living overseas is a fun but sometimes stressful experience. We want to make sure that you're strong enough academically to handle these challenges and still succeed in the classroom.

When should I start planning for this?

That's easy -- NOW. Students often reach their senior year and sadly realize that they ran out of time to study overseas. Study abroad is an important part of the education you'll receive at UD. Start planning now and find the right time to fit this experience into your studies.

What courses can I take?

This list changes a little each year depending on which faculty lead programs overseas. Try searching by department to find international courses that interest you.

What about transfer credit?

You don't have to worry about that. All of the courses offered on our programs are University of Delaware courses. You register for them and get grades for them just like you do for courses on campus. If you're a student attending a different college or university, you can request a UD transcript after you return from overseas.

How about if I want to go somewhere that UD doesn't go?

In this case, you have two options. Either convince one of your professors to take a winter session abroad to your location of choice, or search for a program offered by another school. If you opt to go with another school, read this website for guidelines and suggestions.

How do I apply?

That's easy, just click here for instructions on how to apply online.

How do I get a professor to submit a recommendation?

Direct him or her to the online recommendation form. Please be considerate and allow plenty of time for the professor to complete the recommendation before the deadline. Remember, your application must be submitted before a professor can complete the recommendation form.

How do I make program fee payments?

All payments may be made through UD SIS.

If I apply to more than one program, will the people who make acceptance decisions see this, and will it lessen the likelihood of being accepted?

Faculty directors see only your application to their program. They cannot see your application to other programs, nor your program preference.

Can my program be cancelled?

IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. Cancellation decisions will be made as early as possible in order to maximize alternate study abroad possibilities for students. Students will receive a full refund of program fees paid for any program canceled by IGS.

Where can I find IGS policies for travel study programs?

You can find our policies here.


Can freshmen study abroad?

Yes! Freshmen may study abroad in select winter and summer session programs. In addition, students who wish to study abroad multiple times, including first semester of freshman year, should explore the World Scholars Program. World Scholars enroll in a four-year globally-focused undergraduate program that begins with study abroad in Italy, Spain or New Zealand during the fall of freshman year and continues with on- and off-campus global engagement, including an international living & learning community in sophomore year, a second study abroad in junior year and a spring symposium in senior year. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information.



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