Eligibility

The Office of International Programs encourages all students from UofSC Aiken to study abroad, however, before applying it is important to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. The following eligibility criteria are in place to ensure that students have been academically successful on campus before undertaking an academic term abroad.

Minimum GPA Requirement (many programs require higher)

2.5 GPA for group travel and affiliate programs

3.0 GPA for exchange programs

Status

Students must be in good academic and financial standing at UofSC Aiken.

Conduct

For all study abroad programs, students are not eligible to participate if, at the time of program start, the student: (1) is on active disciplinary probation or (2) has been on Academic Integrity Probation for less than one full Fall or Spring semester.


Application Process

Students must apply through the online application form. Once approved, students studying through Exchange and Affiliate/Direct Enroll Programs will need to complete the Host University/Program application provided by the UofSC Aiken Office of International Programs.

During preliminary advising and the application process, we recommend that students meet with their faculty academic advisor to discuss course needs while abroad and their financial aid advisor to understand funding availability or limitations for study abroad.


How to Apply

It's never too early to start planning for study abroad. Consider academic and personal goals, check out program options, review eligibility requirements, research funding opportunities, and take note of important deadlines.

Step 1: Explore Study Abroad Program Options

Step 2: Meet with The Office of International Programs (OIP)

Step 3: Complete UofSC Aiken Study Abroad Application

Step 4: Meet with Academic Advisor and Financial Aid **

Step 5: Complete the Host University/ Program Application

Step 6: Complete Course Approval and Enrollment Forms

Step 7: Apply for Entry Visa, if needed

Step 8: Attend Pre-Departure Orientation with OIP

 

**During preliminary advising and the application process, we recommend that students meet with their faculty academic advisor to discuss course needs while abroad and their financial aid advisor to understand funding availability or limitations for study abroad.


Choosing a Program

Studying abroad is an experience that can be tailored to your very needs and interests. Students can customize their study abroad experience by selecting the destination, the program type, the program length, the courses, and so much more. During the program search, it is important to consider academics, personal goals, program costs, and attitudes towards diverse populations. Here we have included some guiding questions one might consider as they start to explore study abroad programs:

Questions to Ask Yourself

Coursework

What kind of classes are ideal for you to take abroad: major, minor, or general education courses? 

Will you receive transfer credit or UofSC Aiken credit?

Have you discussed your study abroad plans with an academic advisor? Be sure to review your degree audit. 

Classroom

What is the ideal classroom setting? Student populations on programs vary and may consist of all UofSC Aiken students and other Americans, primarily international students, or mainly local students from the host country.

Language

What is your language competency? Most foreign language programs require intermediate level in the respective language. The majority of programs offer courses in English – even in non-traditional locations like South Africa, Hong Kong, Sweden, Turkey, the Czech Republic.

Location

Is there a region or country that interests you? 

What cultural/social differences may exist in this country?

Have you considered how students from diverse backgrounds are perceived in the host country? Explore identity-based resources for guidance on dealing with diversity abroad.

Consider location: small town, university community, or big city?

Warm or colder climate preferences?

Housing

Do you prefer to reside in a dormitory, apartment, or with a homestay family?

What are the standards of living in the host country?

Finances

What is the cost of living in the host country? Remember to consider program cost and resources for funding study abroad when making a program selection.

Level of Support

Are you interested in a more guided or independent experience? Consider the various types of programs based on your preferences.


Ready to Apply?

Have you already identified the program you would like to apply for? Start your application by contacting the Office of International Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..