Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will I receive credits for studying abroad?
Yes. The Office of International Services will work with you and with your academic advisor to ensure that you earn credits that can apply toward your degree program while you are abroad.
How can I use the credits that I earn abroad?
Most students use their credits to fulfill their general education requirements. Depending on your area of study and which program you choose, these credits may also count toward your major or minor. It is important to consult with your academic advisor as early as possible, to see which requirements you can fulfill abroad. This way, you can avoid taking classes twice and make sure you still graduate in four years.
How much more does it cost to go abroad than to stay on campus?
The costs per programs vary greatly depending on destination and the length of stay. However, OIS will work with you and with the academic department to make the trip as affordable as possible. Please speak with an OIS advisor to figure out the costs for your program.
Will I still receive my financial aid?
Yes. OIS will work with you and with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that you are able to use any eligible aid to help cover the costs of your study abroad program.
Additionally, Study Abroad Scholarships may also be available for certain programs. Contact an OIS advisor if you have further questions.
What year should I go abroad?
Students may go abroad at any time during their stay at Governors State University. You should consult with your academic advisor and with an OIS advisor to see when would be the best time for you to go.
Do I need a Foreign Language?
Not necessarily. Many of the short-term faculty-led trips are designed for students that do not require any foreign language competency. Additionally, there are many 3rd party study abroad trips that are designed in a similar fashion so that the main language of instruction is English. Please meet with an OIS advisor to find a trip that is right for you.
When and how should I apply to study abroad?
It is recommended that students apply to study abroad two semesters in advance, though students may begin inquiring sooner. Please meet with your academic advisor and an OIS advisor as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of studying abroad.