Education Abroad FAQs

Programs

What kinds of study abroad programs are available?
UT Dallas offers short-term sessions, summer sessions, semester-long, and year-long opportunities. Student exchange programs allow students to study at foreign universities while paying tuition at UT Dallas, and faculty-led programs allow students to travel with a UT Dallas professor. Students can find programs from affiliated providers as well.

When do most students study abroad?
For semester programs, many of the students are juniors, but sophomores and seniors also participate in the programs. For summer programs, the summer before or after the junior year seems to work well.  It is important to be aware of the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

Is there a grade-point average requirement to study abroad?
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended. Program requirements may vary.

Can graduate students study abroad?
Yes. It is important to consider how education abroad courses fit into a graduate degree, as options may be limited. Speaking with your academic advisor or graduate program head can help you determine the appropriate education abroad program for you.

Can international students study abroad?
Yes. Study abroad is for every UT Dallas student. However, there are important considerations F-1 students should take into account before committing to an Education Abroad program. For more information, review the Education Abroad Guide for International Students and meet with an immigration advisor to discuss any impact on your visa status.

Can non-traditional age students, students with children, or students with disabilities still study abroad?Yes. The Education Abroad office is committed to making international experiences available to all students, and the staff will work with you to identify the best program to meet your needs. For instance, several programs provide child care or wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Application Process

Is there an application?

Yes. All students participating in an education abroad program are required to submit a complete Education Abroad Student Application through the Comets Abroad portal.

Students who are travelling on UT Dallas university sponsored international travel are required to obtain international travel authorization. Examples of UT Dallas business travel are international conferences, symposiums, or athletic events.

What are the application due dates?
Go to Dates and Deadlines to get the application due date.

Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a $75 application fee and an insurance fee, which is charged at a rate of $20/week based on your program dates. There may also be various program fees, depending on the program you choose.

Requirements

Do I need insurance?
All UT Dallas students approved by the Education Abroad office will have UT System sponsored insurance provided by UT System Academic Health Plan (AHP).  To ensure you are covered, follow procedures to register your trip with International SOS.

Do I need immunizations?
Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if your are traveling from an area of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. Generally, no immunizations are required to return to the United States.  Detailed health information may be obtained from your local healthcare provider or by contacting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Is there a foreign language requirement?
Many programs will require language proficiency and may require a placement exam. In many cases at least two years of college level foreign language proficiency may be required. However, there are many program options that do not require proficiency in a foreign language.

How do I obtain a passport?
Find out how to obtain or renew a passport at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Make sure it does not expire while you are abroad. Remember if you plan to travel from one country to another country, you must have a passport with you. And, of course, remember not to pack your passport in your luggage.

Do I need a student visa?
It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain visas, where required, from the appropriate embassy or nearest consulate of the country you are planning to visit.
Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence.  As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit.

How can I get a Student Identity Card?
You can apply for and receive the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides discounts for flights, accommodations, transportation, museums, etc. In addition the ISIC provides Travel Guard Assistance, accidental medical insurance, etc. For further information please contact ISIC.org or STA Travel for more information.

Transferring Credit

Will my classes transfer to UT Dallas?
Discuss your education abroad program with your academic advisor, and complete a Pre-Approval Form prior to departure. Students request transfer credit by submitting official transcripts to the UT Dallas Education Abroad office. Credits earned through study abroad and reciprocal exchange programs are notated on the UT Dallas transcript as transfer credit, and all UT Dallas transfer credit rules apply.

Do I need to submit a transcript?
After you’ve completed your study abroad, you must submit an official transcript in English from your study abroad school. If the transcript is issued in a foreign language, you will need to have it translated and submit both the original and official English version for evaluation of transfer credit to the Education Abroad office.

Funding

Can I afford to study abroad?
Study abroad can be cost effective! In addition, financial aid and scholarships are available. Reciprocal exchanges can be an inexpensive way to study abroad. Outgoing students pay tuition and fees at UT Dallas just as if they were on the UT Dallas campus; all other costs (housing, meals) are paid by the student, as if you were at home (and in some countries less expensive). The additional costs are airfare and travel money.

Is financial aid applicable to study abroad?
Yes! You can work with the Office of Financial Aid to have your need level re-assessed and your federal and state financial possibilities explored.

Are there scholarships and financial aid available?
Scholarships have been established to support opportunities for UT Dallas students to participate in study abroad programs. A variety of third party or independent scholarships are also available.

What is the International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS)?
Each semester, UT Dallas students pay an International Education Fee. This fee appears on the UT Dallas billing statement. This money may only be used for student scholarships. Learn more about the International Education Fund Scholarship.

General

How many suitcases can I bring?
You will need to check with your airline to be sure how many suitcases you may check, as well as the dimensions and weight limit.

You will find that you do not need nearly as much as you think you do. Remember, porters are seldom available to help with your luggage, so plan to carry your own luggage at all times.

How do I vote in an election while studying abroad?
Visit the Texas Secretary of State website for information on the absentee registration and voting process.

What opportunities are there for study abroad returnees?
After you return from your study abroad experience, there are several ways for you to get involved on campus and continue developing your intercultural skills. Participate in the iFriend Program, apply to be a Global Comet Ambassador, write a blog post, or get involved on social media. For a full list, refer to the Opportunities for Returnees webpage.