Choosing a Program
Where can I study abroad through the University of Arizona?
Study Abroad and Student Exchange (SASE) currently offers hundreds of programs which range from 2 weeks up to 10 months. SASE works with programs in approximately 60 countries around the globe. Use the Program Search to explore these many options.
When should I study abroad?
With hundreds of programs during the semester, academic year, summer and winter, students have the flexibility to study abroad when it best fits into their degree program at the UA! Students frequently study abroad during their sophomore or junior years; however, most programs can accept students starting after the freshman year. It is best to talk to your academic advisor to determine the best time for study abroad based on your major/minor coursework. For example, some majors are more flexible to study abroad during the first 2 years or while others are more flexible in the last 2 years of study.
What kinds of programs are available?
There are 4 main program categories:
- UA Faculty-led: Programs organized and/or taught by UA professors and staff. Students take classes with other UA students. Participants earn direct UA credit, which means grades received are calculated into the UA GPA. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status.
- Exchange: Students attend one of UA's partner institutions abroad for a semester or academic year and attend classes with a mix of local and international students. Participants pay the equivalent of UA tuition and earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA. Please note: space is limited on some exchanges, so apply early!
- Direct Enroll: Similar to exchange, students attend one of UA's partner institutions abroad with a mix of local and international students. However, students pay the host institution's tuition plus a UA Registration Fee. Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.
- Third-party Provider: There are 6 UA-affiliated third-party program providers (CEA, CIEE, DIS, IAU, the Education Abroad Network [TEAN], and Semester at Sea) that draw students from all over the US. Program experiences can vary significantly by provider and location. In most cases, students take classes with other US students, but some programs also offer classes with a mix of local and international students. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status, plus a UA Registration Fee. Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.
What are the eligibility requirements for studying abroad?
Eligibility requirements vary by program. It is important to understand the specific program requirements before applying. All programs have a GPA requirement. Other requirements could include course pre-requisites, field of study, foreign language proficiency, class standing, and citizenship, among others.
What is the minimum GPA?
The University of Arizona minimum GPA requirement to study abroad is 2.5. However there are some programs which require a 3.0 or higher. Each program webpage lists the GPA requirement.
Do I need to speak a foreign language?
Learning a language is an important part of living in this global age, and we highly encourage students to study a foreign language. However, many programs in non-English speaking countries do offer courses in English as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced language instruction. Language proficiency is not always a pre-requisite for studying abroad so check program webpages for specific language requirements.
Is study abroad affordable?
Studying abroad can be quite affordable for the students who plan ahead and take time to research costs and scholarship opportunities. There are numerous programs that cost the same or less than a semester in Tucson. Program costs can be found in the budget link on each individual program page. Visit the Financial Information page for ideas on how to fund your program.
Are financial aid and scholarships available?
Funding opportunities are available for studying abroad. The Financial Information page is very helpful for information related to scholarships, financial aid, and creative funding ideas.
What is involved in the application process?
Please see the How to Apply page for the steps involved in applying to a study abroad program. Students should only apply to one program. If you would like to know how competitive a program is before you apply, please speak to the regional study abroad coordinator. Applications often require materials that take time to obtain (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, etc.) so be sure to start the application well in advance of the deadline. Once the application deadline has passed, it may take up to 2 months to receive your acceptance decision.
What does a sample application look like?
View a sample application and a description of typical application requirements by following the link.
When are the application deadlines?
Program deadlines vary. Check program webpages for exact dates. Many programs, especially exchanges, have varying deadlines.
- February 15: most summer programs
- April 15: most fall and academic year programs
- September 15: most winter programs
- October 15: most spring and calendar year programs
What if I can't find a UA study abroad program that fits my needs?
While we have over one hundred programs offering a wide range of locations, courses, and costs, we may not have the perfect fit for everyone.
If a student decides to participate in a non-UA sponsored program, we have created a Non-UA programs packet, that outlines the additional steps students need to complete on their own. Students must take full responsibility in arranging their own finances, transfer credits, leave of absence and return to the UA.