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General

Can I study abroad if I don’t speak a foreign language?

Yes! While some programs have language requirements, many don’t. Check the program page for information on the language of instruction. 

What is the duration of study abroad programs?

That depends on the program you choose. Programs can be as short as one week and as long as a full academic year. Most students choose to study abroad for a semester or a 4-6 week summer program. 

Where can I find identity-specific information about studying abroad?

We’ve put together some resources on myEA (link). You can also reach out to your support people at UK for their experiences abroad.  

Academics

How do I get credit for my program?

That depends on your program. For Faculty-Directed programs, the courses abroad are UK courses, so the credit appears automatically. For other programs, a transcript from the program will be sent to our office and we will process it as transfer credit. For transfer credit you’ll need to do an Academic Approval Form so that the courses abroad can be equated to courses here at UK. 

What kind of classes can I take?

What classes do you need? Different programs offer different courses. If it’s listed on the program page, it’s typically offered, but you’ll need to work with an academic advisor to make sure it will count towards your degree plan. 

What is the best education abroad program for my major?

That will depend on the courses you need and the experience you want to have. Chat with your academic advisor to figure out what courses to look for and speak with your UK EA Advisor to talk about program and experience types. 

Do my study abroad grades count towards my GPA?

Yes and no. If you’re on a faculty-directed program, the grade(s) you get will impact your GPA. On our other programs that have transfer credit, you’ll still get a letter grade that will be reported to UK, but it will be pass/fail on your transcript, so it won’t impact your GPA. 

Do I get to pick the classes I take abroad?

Usually, yes! Some programs have specific tracks or a single course you would be taking, but most programs offer students a choice of enrollment. 

Choosing a Program

What types of programs are offered through UK?

We offer Faculty-Directed, Partner, Exchange, Direct, Organization, and Virtual programming (Link). And for experiences, you can study, intern, conduct research, teach, or do community service abroad. 

How do I find programs for my major?

Chat with your academic advisor about what courses you should look for while abroad. Then check out your major’s MAP to get started.  

How can I choose the right study abroad program for me?

With good research and help from people around you. Talk with your Academic Advisor to decide what courses to look for abroad and when to go. Speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to learn about using scholarships and aid abroad. Then work with UK EA to find a program that meets all of those needs. Don’t forget to talk to family and other support networks to make sure the location, length of time abroad, and other elements will work well for you. Ultimately, though, it’s your decision! 

Applying to Go Abroad

When should I begin my search?

The earlier the better, but programs don’t usually accept applications until 8-12 months before the program starts.  

How much does it cost to apply?

Program costs vary, so we’ve listed out the fixed and estimated costs on each program page. Do a program search and click the “Costs” tab to see the expected cost of the program. 

When are the application deadlines?

Deadlines vary by program. Specific deadlines are on each program page. 

What are the eligibility criteria for studying abroad?

While each program has different eligibility, most require at least a 2.0 GPA, good academic standing, and approval from our office. 

What are the general requirements?

To apply for a program, students will have one or two applications. The number of applications and how to apply is listed on each program page. 

How do I withdraw?

If you aren’t able to click “withdraw” on your application, contact your UK EA Advisor to withdraw from your program. 

Health & Safety

How safe is it abroad?

“Safe” is a subjective term, so this can be a difficult question to answer. To ensure students have as safe of an experience abroad as possible, the UK International Center has several protocols in place to review programs, locations, student support, health and safety, and risk management for each program we offer. The UKIC also has a dedicated staff member who monitors world events 24/7 as well as a comprehensive insurance policy to help with nearly any incident that may occur. 

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is not required, but can be helpful in case of flight delays, lost luggage, or other travel issues. In addition, all students will be enrolled in international medical insurance through UK EA. 

What happens if I become ill while abroad?

On site staff will help as best as possible. Students should also start an insurance claim to find appropriate places to receive care in their city. Students should also notify UK EA of their illness as soon as possible so we can help arrange local care and university support. 

Overseas Travel

Do I need a passport to apply?

Not to apply, but you’ll need one to travel! 

Do I need a visa?

Not always – it'll depend on your location and length of time there. More information on visas will be on the program page if needed. 

When do I book my flight?

You can book your flight once you have been accepted by UK EA and any other applications you have to complete. 

Housing

How do I find housing?

That will depend on the program. Check the “housing” tab on each program page for info on housing. 

What types of housing are available?

That will depend on the program. Check the “housing” tab on each program page for info on housing.  

Usually it varies by program type, but it could be a hotel, homestay, student residence, apartment, or other accommodation. 

Finances

How much does it cost to go abroad?

Program costs vary, so we’ve listed out the fixed and estimated costs on each program page. Do a program search and click the “Costs” tab to see the expected cost of the program. 

Do I need to pay tuition?

Yes and no. You will pay tuition for your program, but each program type bills it differently. For faculty-directed, you’ll only pay for one credit hour of tuition (EAP 599). For partner and direct programs, you’ll pay one credit hour of EAP 599 tuition here at UK and then the remainder of tuition will be paid to your program directly. For exchanges, you’ll be charged one credit hour of tuition (EAP 599) and your exchange program fee which is the normal cost of your tuition at UK.  

Can I use scholarships and/or financial aid?

Usually yes! Talk with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to get more info.  

What scholarships are available?

The UK EA Office has scholarships you can browse online (link to database). Check with your academic advisor and the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for more resources.  

Who can I talk to about applying my scholarships towards the cost of education abroad?

Talk with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to get more info. 

Can I work part-time while studying abroad?

That depends on the job. Typically, you aren’t eligible to work abroad for an international business, but if your job in the US allows you to work remotely while studying abroad, you can work that out with them. 

Resources 

Where can I find identity-specific information about studying abroad?

We’ve put together some resources on myEA. You can also reach out to your support people at UK for their experiences abroad. 

Where can I apply for my passport?

Wildcat Passport Services 

What steps should I take to prepare for studying abroad?

Talk with your family and support network about wanting to go abroad. Do some research on google and youtube to see what it’s like to study abroad. Talk with your academic advisor and UK EA advisor about their experiences. Meet with our Education Abroad Peer Ambassadors – they just got back from their program and can give you the best tips to prepare!