Study Abroad FAQs
Planning to Study Abroad
- When should I start planning to study abroad?
- How much does it cost to study abroad?
- Can I receive financial aid even if I am going abroad during the summer?
Applying to Study Abroad
- What are the differences between approved, managed, and exchange programs?
- When are the application deadlines for me to study abroad?
- What type of paperwork do I have to complete?
- How do I get permission to receive credit from a program that is not currently on the approved program list?
- Is there a program that is best for my major/minor?
- What if I decide to take different courses than the ones that were pre-approved for me?
- If there is an emergency abroad, whom should I contact?
- How do I register for classes for the upcoming UNH semester while I am abroad?
- Will my study abroad grades count?
- How do I officially transfer my study abroad credits to UNH?
- How can I stay involved in study abroad experiences?
Answers to FAQs
Planning to Study Abroad
You may begin planning for your study abroad experience at any time; it is never too early. If you have a major that has many requirements that must be completed on campus, all the more important to plan ahead for study abroad. Some majors recommend that students go abroad during a particular semester during their time at UNH; you should check with your advisor. The actual application and registration for study abroad takes place at the start of the semester before you travel. UNH offers you an incredibly wide variety of study options; give yourself the time to fully consider them.
Studying abroad does not have to be a financial burden to you or your family. Comparing programs and types of programs, applying for scholarships and making sure that your program integrates with your major and graduation plans will help ensure that your experience is an academically and financially appropriate for you.
UNH Managed programs charge UNH tuition plus program fees. You will also be charged UNH mandatory Study Abroad fees. The program fees vary by location, depending on the nature of the program and cost of living in the host country. Typically, the fees include some combination of housing, meals, extra-curricular activities and program requirements. These fees will be fully explained in the program materials. If you have any questions, contact the Program Assistant or Faculty Director.
UNH Exchange programs charge UNH tuition as well as the UNH mandatory Study Abroad fees, which will be billed to your Webcat account. Students will pay the cost of room and board directly to the exchange partner university abroad.
On UNH Approved programs, costs vary significantly and are paid directly to the study abroad provider. The study abroad program provider will send an invoice directly to you; you are responsible for organizing full payment directly to the provider. The study abroad program provider fee may or may not include a wide array of items such as tuition, course fees, room, board, sponsored field trips/excursions, insurance and/or international airfare. Be sure to read the fine print to know exactly what is included and what is not included in the program fee so that you can budget for and are prepared to cover all necessary expenses. You will receive a Study Abroad Expense Form from the Center for International Education (CIE) to help you keep track of this information in one place and to provide the UNH Financial Aid Office with the information they need. Additionally, UNH will bill the UNH mandatory Study Abroad fees to your account. Please refer to the financing page to learn more about managing the costs of studying abroad.
UNH currently allows federal, state, and institutional aid (except Work/Study) to transfer for all UNH Managed, UNH Exchange, or UNH Approved programs abroad. Students should call the Financial Aid office (tel. 603-862-3600) to learn how this applies to their individual aid package and check the UNH Financial Aid website for more information. Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, you will need to work directly with the UNH Financial Aid Office to learn how your financial aid will apply.
Applying to Study Abroad
UNH Managed programs: Students work directly with UNH departments and faculty directors, and study abroad with groups of predominantly UNH students. All academic and co-curricular experiences are administered by UNH faculty either on-site or from Durham/Manchester. UNH Managed programs are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters, as well as faculty-led, short-term programs during the January term and spring break. You will pay UNH tuition, mandatory UNH study abroad fees, and generally a program fee.
UNH Exchange programs: Also known as reciprocal student exchanges, students directly enroll in select affiliate institutions abroad. Exchange programs tend to be more independent, full-immersion experiences because participants are treated like regularly matriculated students. All courses, programs and services are administered and delivered by the host institution abroad. UNH Exchange programs are offered for the fall and spring semesters. You will pay UNH tuition, as well as the mandatory UNH study abroad fees.
UNH Approved programs: These programs are developed, managed and delivered by professional third-party providers or universities abroad. They have met UNH criteria as determined by the UNH University Committee on Study Abroad. Students can study abroad on UNH Approved programs for the fall, spring or summer semesters. Instead of paying UNH tuition, you will pay a program fee directly to the provider; it includes foreign tuition and housing, excursions, and sometimes even meal plans. At UNH, you will be charged the mandatory study abroad fees.
More program information is available online at http://unh.edu/cie/study-abroad-programs.
All students must meet the UNH and the program’s application deadline. Managed programs have their own deadlines.
For Approved and Exchange programs, the CIE application deadline is:
- October 1 for Spring programs
- March 15 for Summer and Fall programs
Some programs have earlier application deadlines! Students enrolling in UNH Approved or Exchange programs must meet a second deadline for completing and submitting CIE registration paperwork.
Please see our Documents and Forms page for details. Refer to the Study Abroad Registration Checklist for a complete list of documents that must be submitted after having applied to a study abroad program.
How do I get permission to receive credit from a program that is not currently on the approved program list?
If you cannot find a program that meets your academic requirements, there are two remaining options: (1) petition to CIE to have a non-approved program granted a Study Abroad One-time Approval or (2) officially withdraw from UNH for the term abroad and petition to transfer the credit after the program concludes. Please use the Individual Study Abroad Policy page and the Study Abroad One-Time Approval Petition as a guide.
The large variety of UNH Managed, Exchange, and Approved programs ensures that students can take classes abroad in nearly every major and minor, including engineering, science and business. Please note that much will depend on your individual academic plan, what courses you have already taken and what additional requirements remain to be fulfilled.
If, while abroad, you need to alter the courses approved for you to take, you must submit a Study Abroad Course Approval Form online, detailing information about the new courses you wish to have approved to transfer back to UNH.
Your program will have a director who will oversee your safety while abroad. If something should arise, your program director should be your first contact. In an absolute emergency, you will want to call the equivalent of 911 for your host country. Prior to departure, you will be given a list of emergency contact information, should a situation arise. This includes the 24-hour International SOS Alarm Center: 1-215-942-8478 (call collect). All students are covered by UNH international travel assistance and insurance.
Your Academic Advisor will send your RAC number to your Wildcats email when it is time to register for next semester. If you don’t anticipate access to the internet while you are abroad, make arrangements with your Advisor beforehand; they can register you on your behalf.
Your study abroad grades will be converted to the U.S. grading system and appear on your UNH transcript. They will not be calculated into your GPA. You must get the equivalent of a U.S. ‘C’ grade in order to transfer the credits. For detailed information on grades and credits, see the Study Abroad Policy.
If you chose an Approved or Exchange program, your transcript needs to be sent to the Center for International Education upon completion of your study abroad program. Depending on your program, the provider may send a transcript automatically, as part of the program fee you paid before departure. With other providers, you may have to request a transcript and possibly pay a separate fee. Please see your program provider for information specific to your program.
Many students return to UNH excited to share their experience with others. A great way to do this is to volunteer for the Center of International Education, whether it is helping at the Study Abroad Fair, doing classroom and hall presentations, or being a group leader at the pre-departure orientation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Another great way to get involved is to join the student organization The Travel Bugs. The Travel Bugs describe themselves as “a group of students hoping to share study, cultural and travel abroad experiences while promoting cultural awareness through sharing photos, stories and travel advice.” For more info, please contact them on Facebook.
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