Study Abroad FAQs

  • Can I still travel? 
    • Yes! The Office of Learning Abroad is moving forward with its programs for the spring and summer of 2021.
  • Will any safety precautions be put in place?  
    • Yes! We will provide both students and faculty with information on what kinds of precautions to take while traveling abroad prior to their departure. This will include information such as where to check on airline or country restrictions, reminders to bring hand sanitizer, etc. Those who display any symptoms of Covid-19 while abroad will be asked to self-quarantine. Program Directors for faculty-led trips will be asked to incorporate responses to Covid-19 within their Emergency Action Plan, which will be shared with students. Students and faculty may additionally be required to test negative for and/or be vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to departure. 
  • Is there a chance that programs will be canceled? 
    • Unfortunately, yes. If there is a resurgence of Covid-19 that impacts either the travel advisories provided by the U.S. Department of State or the border status of the destination country, student travel may be canceled. Trip status is determined by the Office of Learning Abroad. 
  •  
  • Resources
  • Covid-19 Travel Tips: 
    • Obtain international health insurance for your trip. If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, self-quarantine immediately, and seek medical care. Pay close attention to your physical health while traveling. 
    • Be courteous of others during your travels. The people around you could be high-risk or in danger of bringing the disease home to a high-risk individual. 
    • Be prepared for unexpected changes to your travel plans. Pack medication, clothing, face masks, and other necessities in case of emergency quarantine.
    • Keep informed about your destination. Make a note of the emergency numbers in your area and read up on their specific Covid-19 guidelines.
    • Be careful with your meals. Order take-out whenever possible and find a private space to eat.
    • Enroll in the STEP program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals to enroll in their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Through STEP, you will receive important messages about your destination that will help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
    • Wear a mask! Masks don’t just protect others from getting sick, they limit exposure to the virus so your immune system can develop life-saving antibodies.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Try not to touch exposed surfaces for a prolonged amount of time.
    • Wash your hands frequently. The CDC recommends scrubbing thoroughly under warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others at all times. Avoid crowds where social distancing is not possible.
  • How Airlines are Keeping you Safe: 
    • Airlines are allowing more sick days for their employees now than before the pandemic. 
    • Whether or not they come face to face with passengers, airline employees are required to wear face coverings and sanitary gloves.
    • Surfaces are disinfected and sanitized frequently.
    • Airlines are leaving empty seats between passengers.
    • Boarding procedures have become more orderly.
    • Air filters and enhanced circulation are being used to improve air quality and reduce the spread.
  • View all of our programs in the Program Directory
  • There are three types of programs. 
  • Semester Exchange offers the opportunity to study at one of our over 50 partner universities for a semester or full year. Students take a full load of classes and pay tuition only to SUU. Find out more here!
  • National Student Exchange operates in a similar way, but it includes schools across the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada. Find out more here!
  • Short-Term Programs can take place over winter break, spring break, or summer break. All short-term programs are led by an SUU faculty or staff member and most offer course credit. Find out more here
  • Is there a minimum required GPA? 
      • Students must have a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for short-term programs and a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for semester exchange programs. 
  • Can a student from another university study abroad through SUU? 
      • Yes! Please reach out to our office for more information. 
  • When can I study abroad? 
    • Students can take part in short-term programs whenever they would like. Students may even take part in a summer short-term program the summer after they graduate if they so desire. 
    • We typically ask that students not take part in semester exchanges during their first year at SUU. Students may spend a semester abroad at any other point in their college career. If students would like to spend their last semester of school abroad, they can. However, those students should be aware that as foreign semester dates do not often align with SUU’s, they may not be able to walk at Commencement. 
  • Questions to ask: 
    • How long would I like to be abroad? 
    • Is there a specific place or region I would like to go to? 
    • Will I be fulfilling general education requirements, taking fun elective courses, or is there a specific topic I would like to study while abroad? Does the program I’m considering offer the courses I need? 
    • Do I have any family or friend connections in a particular location? 
    • Would I like to live in a small town or a city?
    • What is my study abroad budget? What might the cost of living look like in each location? What does on-campus housing cost? Am I looking at an area or school that might offer additional scholarships? 
    • Is there a foreign language that I would like to practice while abroad?
    • Is this the kind of program or university environment that appeals to me? 
    • Is the school AACSB accredited? (for business students)
Yes! Other people may accompany you on your study abroad. For short-term programs, you must receive permission from the Program Director and pay the related program fees.
    • Go to the SUU Office of Learning Abroad website.
    • Click the “Start Your Adventure” button.
    • Find your desired program using the dropdown features.
    • Select the program and scroll to the bottom of the provided description.
    • Click the “Apply for…” button. 
    • Complete the application. 
      • If it’s not possible to be enrolled in your first choice program, the Office of Learning Abroad will then transfer your application to your second or third choice of programs if they are listed.
      • The application includes several short (200 words) essays about why you would like to be involved in the study abroad program and slots to insert the emails of three recommenders.
        • Students should not collect letters of references. Recommenders are automatically emailed a way to submit a short student reference.
    • Pay the $300 application fee/down payment when it is charged to your account. 
      • Exchange programs require an application fee while short-term programs require a down payment towards the overall program fee. 
    • Wait to hear from the Office of Learning Abroad or the Program Director 
    • Please note that the application for all National Student Exchange  (Canada, U.S., U.S. territories) programs is separate and is located here
Yes! Exchange students can earn 12-15 credits while abroad and short-term students can earn 3-6. Those going on a Cultural Immersion program will not receive any course credit. Students going on short-term programs may elect not to receive any course credit. This will not impact the cost of the program, but it will exempt them from any related coursework. 
  • AACSB stands for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is a type of accreditation, which means that the business school in question has met the standards and criteria laid out by AACSB. SUU may require business students to take classes from an AACSB accredited university as a way of ensuring that the classes match the rigor and standards they expect. 
  • List of AACSB accredited partner schools: (https://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accredited-schools
    • University of Calgary (Canada)
    • Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
    • Brock University (Canada) 
    • Lakehead University (Canada) 
    • ESC Rennes School of Business (France)
    • ISC Paris Business School (France)
    • University of Mannheim (Germany)
    • University of Monterrey (Mexico)
    • Chung-Ang University (South Korea)
    • American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) 
    • Robert Gordon University (United Kingdom) 
  • All short-term study abroad programs are through SUU and are therefore also AACSB accredited. 
This section will be updated soon. 

  • This list is not exhaustive and packing essentials will vary by country. When packing, remember that many airlines have luggage weight limits. If your luggage is over the limit, you could be charged hefty fees. Try not to over pack and make sure you leave room for souvenirs. Pack your carry-on bag with things you will not be able to live without (medication, change of clothes, etc). This way, even if your main luggage gets lost, you will be able to survive for a few days.
    • Documents
      • Passport (and visa, if necessary)
      • International insurance card
      • Airline tickets
      • Credit card, debit card, cash
      • Personal identification 
      • List of emergency numbers
    • Clothing
      • Shirts
      • Sweater or jacket
      • Pants 
      • Underwear and socks
      • Shoes (at least two comfortable pairs for daily walking)
      • Flip-flops or sandals 
      • Swimsuit
      • Watch
      • Hat
    • Electronics
      • Cell phone
      • Cell phone charger cord
      • Outlet adaptor or converter 
    • Health and Toiletries (please note that many toiletries can be purchased in the host country upon arrival)
      • An adequate supply of any prescription medications, plus written copies of the prescriptions
      • Band-Aids/small first aid kit
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Hairbrush/comb
      • Extra glasses/contacts/contact solution
      • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap 
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Razor and shaving cream
      • Sunscreen
      • Deodorant
      • Cosmetics
    • School Supplies
      • Pens/pencils
      • Foreign language dictionary
      • Folders, notebooks, paper
      • Knapsack, book bag, or backpack