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Students usually have a lot of questions about study abroad. Here are some of the most common ones:

Why should I study abroad?
There are many benefits to going abroad, yet on average, only 15% of college students do. However, a whopping 73% of employers said study abroad experience is important when evaluating candidates for junior level positions. Additionally, skills obtained from study abroad --cross-cultural experience, strategic international understanding, interpersonal skills, and substantive content knowledge of field--are cited as the top 4 most important employee traits. (Source: The ROI of Study Abroad)

dollar signHow much does it cost?
Our motto is: "If you can afford to study at UNCG, you can afford to study abroad!" Most students pay regular UNCG tuition and fees while abroad, so a semester/year abroad costs about the same as at UNCG. Each summer and faculty-led program sets its own costs, which will vary, but do not typically require any additional UNCG tuition. Financial aid may be used for most programs, as well as grants and scholarships. Each program page has a budget tab with more information, and we explain more about the finances of going abroad in our online Study Abroad 101 course.

Will it delay my graduation? Grad Cap
Not if you plan ahead! Courses taken abroad count towards your degree and can be used to fulfill credits toward a major, minor, GECs, or even a language requirement. It's important to talk to your academic advisor to see how study abroad can fit into your degree plans.

helloWhat if I don't speak a foreign language?
You don't have to! You may choose to study in an English-speaking country, but even in non-English speaking countries, you will likely take courses meant for international students, taught all in English. However, if language-learning is your goal, there are opportunities to study in your target language across the globe, in countries from China to Peru.

Do I have to go abroad for a whole semester? calendar
Not at UNCG! We have many different types of programs, with lots of options over the summer, and even some during spring or winter break. We can find one that works for you personally and academically, and explain more about our program types in our Study Abroad 101 course.

IDIs study abroad meant for students like me?
We think so! We have opportunities for all UNCG students, beginning after your first year and continuing into graduate school. To be sure you'll succeed abroad, we want you to be in good academic standing and like to see a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students must be at least 18 years old by the time their program begins.  Check out our Identity & Diversity Abroad tab for more information and resources to help you plan.  
Customs officialWill I need a passport or a visa?
You'll definitely need a passport. For details on how to apply or renew see Depending on the location and length of your program, you may even need a visa--check out our Visa Information page to learn more.

When do I get started? Click go
It is never too early--how about today!? Check out the 5 Steps to Study Abroad tab for more information, and to access our Study Abroad 101 course. You're also welcome to call or come by our office for more information.