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Frequently Asked Study Abroad Questions

  • Who is eligible to study abroad?
  • What are my options?
  • Can I study abroad with other PSU students?
  • How much does it cost to study abroad?
  • Is studying abroad affordable?
  • Can I study abroad and still graduate on time?
  • Why should I study abroad?
  • I'm going on a faculty-led program. Do I have to take the class?
Current full-time PSU students with at least sophomore standing are eligible. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to participate in faculty-led and affiliate programs and at least a 2.75 GPA to participate in exchange programs. In certain cases, students are allowed to participate in a faculty-led program with less than a 2.5 GPA, but this is up to the discretion of the faculty member leading the program.
We offer three types of study abroad programs: faculty-led, exchange, and affiliate. Students can choose to study for 1-2 weeks on faculty-led programs or for a summer, semester, or academic year on exchange and affiliate programs. Check out our Programs page for more information. 
Yes! PSU faculty-led programs are great opportunities to study with a PSU faculty member and a group of PSU students. Depending on the summer and the semester, there may be multiple PSU students on a particular affiliate or exchange program as well.

There is not one set cost for studying abroad, as it depends on many factors such as airline tickets, visa and passport fees, housing, food, international health insurance, extra travel, and souvenirs. The Study Abroad Coordinator can help you choose a program that is the best fit for you and can help outline the costs. 

Check out our Funding page for more information. 


Yes! There are many scholarships for which students may apply. Our office also offers study abroad stipends to eligible students. Students also have the option of using financial aid (loans) to help with the cost. Check out our Funding page for more information.
Yes! In planning to study abroad you will talk with the Study Abroad Coordinator and also your academic advisor to develop a plan. Students who study abroad are actually more likely to graduate on time because they get organized early and develop a academic plan to meet their goals.
Besides being a great experience and a lot of fun, studying abroad gives you the skills to succeed while you're in college and also in your future career. It allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about other cultures and languages, interact with people who have different opinions and beliefs, and become more independent. No matter your career path, you will interact with people who are different than yourself. Plus, since less than 10% of American college students study abroad, your resume will immediately stand out; employers want to hire employees who can communicate cross-culturally and who are adaptable and independent.

Yes. All students must be enrolled in at least the one-credit study abroad class attached to the program. 

Students who are completely graduating before participating in the program may be eligible to attend the program as a community member, but they must speak with the Study Abroad Coordinator before enrolling in the program.