FAQ

General Questions

There are many reasons to study abroad! Regardless of why or where you go, we can guarantee it will be an experience you'll never forget. Some of the many benefits to study abroad are:

  • Develop Global Competency
  • Build Your Resume
  • Improve Career Prospects
  • Gain Independence
  • Challenge Yourself
  • Learn Beyond the Classroom

As long as you plan ahead, of course! Make sure to talk with your academic advisor early in your academic career. With the proper preparation, studying abroad can keep you on track to graduate the same as a semester at UConn.

There are many opportunities to study abroad in English speaking countries, or in other countries with courses taught in English. Search our programs to find one that's right for you.

As long as you can fit another program into your academic plan, you can easily go abroad more than once. Make sure to talk to your Academic Advisor and an Education Abroad Advisor to ensure another trip abroad will be beneficial.

Academic Questions

Students of any major can study abroad. Whether you're in ACES, Psychology, Engineering, or Education, you can find a program that will help you reach your academic and personal goals.

No - you may take courses that count toward graduation (electives), towards a minor, or towards General Education requirements.

You earn credits and grades just as if you were on campus once a study abroad course is accredited (assigned a UConn course number). Check the Academics page for more information.

Financial Questions

Actually, in some cases a semester abroad can be cheaper than a semester at UConn! In some countries, tuition and living expenses can be considerably lower than in Connecticut. This will change based on the program you go on and your personal budget. Check each program's budget sheet for a list of program costs.

This will depend in large part on what kind of financial aid you are receiving and on what kind of fees and tuition you will be paying. In many cases, your tuition waiver, grant, or scholarship can apply to the costs of studying abroad. For detailed information, go to this Office of Financial Aid website.

There are a number of scholarships available for students studying abroad. Some are for specific programs or locations, some are for studying specific languages, and many apply to any study abroad program. Look through our Scholarships page to find more information.

In many cases, we will be unable to refund many of the fees and costs of a study abroad program. A great deal of the costs incurred by our office are paid before students go abroad. The later you withdraw from your program, the less likely we will be able to issue a refund. Please visit our Refund Policy page for more detailed information.

Health & Safety Questions

Few countries have as much street crime and the potential for stranger-upon-stranger violence as the U.S. Even U.S. campuses have their share of robberies, assaults, and crime. Actually, many students return from living abroad saying they never felt safer. However, one always needs to be prepared even in places with very little risk. Program directors work with local police, U.S. consular personnel, and local University officials to set up practical security measures. Students will be briefed during orientations and throughout their stay as needed about security measures. Simply being a foreigner makes any traveler a more likely victim of crime or accidents, but there are certain precautions that American students abroad can take to maximize their safety and minimize their risks. Speak with a study abroad advisor or a program director if you have specific concerns.

Depending upon your program, you may live in your own apartment, in a residence hall at a foreign university, in a hotel or hostel, or with a local family in a homestay.

The vast majority of our students have a great experience, free of serious problems abroad. However, the possibility for issues arising is always there. UConn Education Abroad has protocols in place to support all of our students all over the world. Typically, your first point of contact for an issue will be your program leader or Resident Director. However, the UConn Police Department and staff at the Student Abroad Office are trained to respond to incidents abroad and provide students with the support and resources they need.

Also, remember that the UConn Student Code of Conduct applies to all students studying abroad. UConn students are expected to positively represent our institution, state, and country around the world. Conduct issues abroad can lead to immediate dismissal from a study abroad program.

UConn Education Abroad has partnered with CISI International Health Insurance to provide international health insurance for all our students. In most cases, CISI Insurance is an included cost in your study abroad program. It is important to note that this insurance supplements your existing health coverage to provide additional protections while outside the U.S. It does not replace your existing insurance.