Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions
We know it's a big decision to study abroad, and we know you have questions. Here are answers to your most frequently asked questions.
What are the eligibility requirements for study abroad?
Students must be in good standing to study abroad. Information about academic standing can be found on the satisfactory progress policy page.
Some study abroad programs specify a minimum GPA and you can find this information in the program description. Your study abroad advisor will also explain the specific requirements for your chosen program.
How soon can I study abroad?
Generally, you can study abroad for the first time during the summer after freshman year. A few programs require sophomore or junior standing.
Can I study abroad more than once?
Yes, you certainly may!
Do I need to be fluent in a foreign language to study abroad?
No, the vast majority of courses abroad will be taught in English. You are encouraged to study the local language at the beginning level during your term abroad.
What courses can I take abroad?
You can take general electives or complete general education requirements. If you already signed a major/minor, you can request approval for these courses as well.
What are my program options?
We offer over 150 programs in more than 50 countries. You can enroll for an academic year, semester, or summer study program or internship, participate in a short-term program led by Central Michigan University faculty, and even take advantage of service-learning opportunities
Do grades transfer?
Yes, all grades earned abroad will go on your CMU transcript and count in your GPA.
Are there scholarships to help fund study abroad?
Yes, there are! The Study Abroad Scholarship offered through the Office of Global Engagement is open to all CMU applicants who study abroad for two weeks or more. CMU's colleges and academic departments may also have study abroad scholarships. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may also apply for national scholarships.
Can I use financial aid to study abroad?
Yes, in most case, financial aid can apply to the cost of study abroad. In fact, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will take into consideration the cost of study abroad and you may be able to receive additional aid. You should always meet with a financial aid advisor before deciding on a program.