Frequently Asked Questions
Can I afford to study abroad?
Yes!! Numerous scholarships are available and federal loans, scholarships, and grants can be used to study abroad. Check out the GSE Financial Aid Information.
If I am receiving financial aid can I study abroad?
Yes, GSE students may use most forms of federal, state, and private financial aid or loans while studying abroad. Financial aid may be allocated to cover all “reasonable” costs for a study abroad trip. Generally, in order to receive financial aid a student must carry at least a half-time load at the foreign institution and receive transferable credit for the program toward his or her degree. Credit received on a study abroad program does not have to fulfill major requirements, but must be recognized as elective credits that advance the student toward a degree (i.e. language credits).
Do you have to be a language major to study abroad?
No, students who study abroad can have any major. All domestic educational institutions require students to satisfy general education courses. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to continue to fulfill these requirements even at a foreign institution.
Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad with GSE?
In almost every program it is not required to speak a foreign language. GSE does provide recommendations to students on how long they should study a language prior to studying abroad to ensure a more comfortable transition into a foreign university.
Is my GPA high enough to study abroad?
The minimum GPA requirement is a 2.5 for all GSE programs except those to London which has a minimum requirement of a 2.7 GPA.
Can I receive transferable credits while studying abroad?
Of course! In order to receive transferable credits while abroad it is important to follow the GSE guidelines on Transfer Credits.
Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?
By planning ahead carefully and consulting an academic advisor there is no reason why studying abroad will hinder a student from graduating on time. In fact, some students return from their programs ahead of their studies!
What level of college (year) must I complete before I can study abroad?
Once you have completed one semester/quarter at your home institution and do not have any academic restrictions it is feasible to study abroad at any time.
Do I have to study abroad for a full year?
No, program destinations offered by GSE are structured for long and short term programs. For students who wish to avoid taking a semester/quarter or year off from their home institution GSE provides four to six week long summer programs. Also there is the option of enrolling in semester or quarter programs. This option allows students more time to experience a foreign city. Semester and quarter programs are two and months in length.