Studies have shown that study abroad has a long-term positive impact on a student's
personal, professional, and academic life and can directly influence their career
path, world-view, and self-confidence. Study Abroad participants gain not only a global
outlook but also a new perspective on the U.S. They learn to be more adaptable, acquire
cross-cultural skills, gain insight into how their academic field is studied and practiced
elsewhere, and significantly improve their professional and financial potential.
As your student navigates the study abroad program selection process and prepares
for their time overseas, you may have a number of questions of your own. We have provided
the following resources in response to the most commonly asked questions from family
and friends and we hope you will find it useful.
There are several types of study abroad programs available to students. These include
TU Exchanges, TU Programs, TU Faculty-led Programs and Non-TU Programs. For a full
description of programs and to utilize our search feature, please visit the Find a Program page.
All students are encouraged to view our Study Abroad 101 video to learn about the basics of study abroad. Our Study Abroad group advising session
is mandatory for all students (except those participating in a TU faculty-led program)
and covers logistics including the application process, financial aid and scholarships,
course, grade, and credit transfers, and other study abroad procedures. Once students
have attended a group advising session, they can schedule a one on one meeting with
a Study Abroad Adviser - a member of our full time staff who is dedicated to advising
on a specific region of the world. The adviser will help your student review program
options and provide advice on how to choose a program that suits their specific needs.
Take a look at the “What Type of Study Abroad Experience Do You Want” (PDF) worksheet that we share with our students.
The first step for students is to view the Study Abroad 101 video. Another great opportunity for students to learn more about study abroad is to attend
the Study Abroad Fair, held twice a year in September and February. Please check the Study Abroad Fair page for this year’s dates.
The cost of study abroad varies significantly depending on the program, destination,
and length of stay. It is important that you discuss your budget with your student
to help them choose the right program. Feel free to take a look at our Policies page for information on billing. In our group advising session students receive a Study Abroad Budget Planning Tool (PDF) that you may also find helpful.
Yes. TU financial aid can be applied toward TU exchanges and programs, and approved
Non-TU programs but there may be some restrictions depending on the type of aid they
receive. Students can request additional loan funds to help cover study abroad costs by submitting
a Study Abroad Budget to the TU Financial Aid Office. It is also a good idea to schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Adviser to discuss borrowing options for the term abroad.
For answers to more of your questions, please visit the Supporting your student page.