Why should I study abroad?
Study abroad is a life-changing opportunity that everyone should take advantage of.
At no other time in your life will seeing and experiencing the world be cheaper
and easier. Students who have an international experience are more likely
to be gain admission to graduate programs, or be hired for a job, making a personally
and professionally rewarding experience.
Is study abroad expensive?
Like with anything, study abroad offers options that are for those on a budget and
options that are more expensive. WVU exchange programs are the same cost of your
regular tuition at WVU, and WVU short term programs offer WVU credit for only the
true cost of your program. In most cases, your scholarships and financial
aid will apply.
Do I have to have perfect grades to study abroad?
No! WVU programs require a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA for participation, though
higher GPA can receive preference for competitive programs.
How long are study abroad programs?
WVU offers programs that range anywhere from one week to a full year -- we can work
with you to find the program that is just right for you.
When should I start to plan for my education abroad?
It's never too early to start planning for your international experience. Education
Abroad coordinators are available to help you start the conversation about finding
the program that is best for you. Typically, for an exchange program, it's best
to start planning at least one year before departure.
Is it safe?
Given recent global political dynamics, the issue of safety—at home or abroad—has
emerged as a common concern. To ensure the safest experience possible, our office
provides every student a pre-departure orientation that includes information on
safety, cultural differences, legal concerns, travel and health, issues and other
relevant topics. In addition, we require every student to provide us his/her contact
information overseas so if any changes occur that may affect students overseas,
we are able to provide the information instantly. The Office of Global Affairs
receives daily travel updates, advisories and warnings from the U. S. State Department
about any issues that may affect students who are abroad.
Will my credits transfer?
We require all students to complete a transient form before departing on an education
abroad program resulting in credit transfers from another institution. By having
your classes approved by the appropriate parties before you leave, you are guaranteed
to receive the appropriate credit for your experience.
Click here to learn more about the credit transfer process.
Must I speak a foreign language?
Although many programs offer the opportunity to learn a foreign language as part
of their curriculum, doing so is not required. Many programs even have courses
available in English in non-English speaking countries!
Where will I live?
Every program is different so, depending on the program, you might reside in a dormitory, flat, apartment or with a host family. We will go over the details and provide you all the information you need about the housing arrangements as you decide which program you would like to participate.
What makes a good candidate for the WVU Exchange Program?
- Current freshmen or sophomore
- 2.5+ GPA
- 12-15 credits of flexibility in your WVU plan of study
- Excited to see the world, explore new cultures, and expand your global network