Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the benefits of studying abroad?
A. Academic and personal benefits can be gained from study abroad. Students develop language skills and an understanding of the world around them. Maturity and self-confidence gained through a study abroad experience will be reflected in relationships with everyone around you, and in educational and employment pursuits.
Q. Who is eligible to study abroad?
A. Students in good standing with UCM earning a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for study abroad. Students must have completed at least 24 hours of undergraduate credit before going abroad. Any student interested in study abroad is encouraged to investigate the available opportunities.
Q. Will scholarships and grants be applied?
A. Students eligible for various forms of financial aid may apply these to study abroad programs as if the student were studying on campus. Scholarships are available through UCM and organizations independent of the university. Click here for more information.
Q. Will students receive academic credit for study abroad experiences?
A. Credit a student receives while studying abroad is transferred back to UCM. Course transfers may be determined before the student departs through discussions with appropriate department chairs. Credit transfers back as general education, credit in the major or minor, or as elective credit. Course equivalency forms may be found here.
Q. Isn't it true that studying overseas is expensive?
A. Many of the UCM study abroad programs are based on an exchange of students with other schools, and consequently do not cost significantly more than a regular semester or year. International Study Grants and other scholarships are available to help offset costs by covering a portion of an eligible student's expenses. Also, ANY student studying abroad pays UCM in-state tuition for any UCM-sponsored program.
Q. When should a student start investigating study abroad?
A. While students are strongly encouraged to investigate study abroad opportunities during their freshman year, all students are invited to investigate their options. Study Abroad Information Fairs are held during the first month of each semester in the Student Union. Check the UCM Calendar of Events for dates and times.
Students are invited to stop by the International Center in Ward Edwards 1200 or explore this website for more information.