Frequently Asked Questions About Study Abroad

Why should I consider studying abroad?
You can learn a language.  You can enrich your chosen major.   You can meet new people. You can learn to think globally.   You can enhance your resume.
And you
will learn a lot about yourself!

How do I choose a program?
Of course, you will need to consider issues such as cost, timing, language, and your own health and fitness.  There is no replacement for lots of research!  Use the links in this website to begin your search, and come to the International Studies Office for help in refining your decision.  Don't overlook less traditional study abroad opportunities such as short term study, interning, and service learning.

Can I use my financial aid for study abroad?
How much of your financial aid applies depends on the type of program you choose.  For University of Dubuque programs, your entire financial aid package will apply.  Right now, this includes only the university's short term study trips.  Federal or state financial aid may be applied to any full-time study abroad program approved for credit at the University of Dubuque.  For more information, go to Financial Aid.

Will my credits transfer?
Credits earned in any program sponsored by an accredited American college or university will be transferred when you present the Registrar with your transcript.  If you have chosen direct enrollment in a non-US university, you are encouraged to file for pre-approval using the "prior course equivalency" form available from the Registrar's Office.  In any case, it is a good idea to meet with your advisor as you are making your plans to insure that your coursework will be accepted.

How can I fit study abroad into a four-year program?
It depends on your major.  Some pre-professional majors are quite regimented, and may not allow time for a whole semester away.  Most of the time, however, it is long as you give yourself time for advance planning!  If you are interested in spending a semester abroad, meet as early as possible with your major advisor to discuss the best timing.   Try to fulfill several general education requirements while you are abroad.  Most students who study abroad do so during their sophomore or junior year.  The University of Dubuque prefers that you spend your senior year on campus.

Even if you can't fit a semester or year abroad into your four year program, you can still consider a short term study program or perhaps a summer program.

Do you have more questions?
Contact the International Studies Office!

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