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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Will studying abroad delay my graduation?

Working with your academic advisor before you leave to coordinate your schedule and take the classes you need while you’re abroad is the best way to ensure your time in school does not have to be extended to participate in studying abroad. However, participating in study abroad during your first couple years allows you to be more flexible with the classes you can take while you are abroad.

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