Frequently Asked Questions
- Who may study abroad? Every WSSU student, of any major, is eligible to study abroad if he/she has a sufficient GPA. The GPA required depends on the program itself, and such requirements can range anywhere from 2.0 to 3.25. Generally speaking, most semester programs require at least a 2.7 GPA, while requirements for summer programs are often somewhat lower, with intensive language programs generally having the lowest GPA requirements. If you have any doubts as to whether or not you qualify for a program, stop by the OIP, and we can see if we can find a program for which you would qualify. In addition to GPA requirements, a student must also have an acceptable student conduct record, and approvals from his/her academic department. Freshmen and transfer students must complete two full successful semesters at WSSU before studying abroad. Seniors are also eligible to study abroad, but they must be sure to do so before graduating.
- How much does it cost? Costs vary by program, but you can study abroad for about the same cost as you pay for a semester at WSSU. If you can afford to attend WSSU, then you can afford to study abroad!
- Can I use my financial aid toward study abroad? Yes, most loans, grants, and scholarships are applicable towards study abroad for students who will receive academic credit. There are even additional scholarships specifically for qualified students who wish to study abroad.
- Getting credit for courses taken abroad: In order to receive credit for courses you take abroad, you must obtain pre-approval for all the courses and also earn the equivalent of a "C" or better in those courses.
- Can I study abroad and still graduate on time? Your academic advisor will work with you to identify courses that will be acceptable for you to remain on schedule with your academic program. If you study abroad for a semester, you may take the equivalent of 15 hours of course credits.
- Do I need a foreign language? No. There are many locations to choose from that offer courses taught in English. However, we do encourage you to study the language of your host country before departure or while you are abroad. This would make for a more enriching experience abroad.
- How do I find a program? Consider academics, foreign languages, financial resources, and geographical interests. Students can study abroad for a semester, a year, or for varying lengths of time during the summer term.
- Am I required to have health insurance? Yes. All students who study abroad are required to maintain their primary health insurance and purchase supplemental travel health insurance for the duration of their program abroad. WSSU offers an excellent insurance option to students for a minimal daily fee.
- When is the best time to study abroad? The best time to study abroad depends on your program of study and your personal preference. Most students find that the optimal time to study abroad is during their sophomore and junior years. We would not recommend your studying abroad during the final semester of your senior year due to likely interference with graduation arrangements.
- Is it better to study during fall, spring or summer? Again this is a question of personal choice and program availability. While summer programs are shorter and usually less expensive, it can actually be less expensive for you to study during fall or spring semester (or a full academic year) due to the fact that exchange programs are only available at that time. With exchange programs, you pay what you would to here at WSSU but live and study at an school abroad instead.
- Where will I live? Living arrangements vary by program and location. Some offer residence halls and apartments, while others offer host family stays - by which you live with local families in the community. This is an ideal option for language learning and cultural immersion. Students often report their home stays as the highlight of their experience abroad.
- Will there be other Americans there? More than likely there will be a few or many other Americans on your study abroad program.