Study Abroad Policy

Restrictions due to Travel Warnings

  • UNH policy prohibits study abroad in countries for which a State Department travel warning is in effect.
  • No UNH credit or transfer credit will be awarded and financial aid is not available.
  • For a list of travel warnings, please consult www.state.gov/travel.
  • To review the full policy, including how to petition for an exemption, go to the UNH International Policies page.

Eligibility

To study abroad, you must meet the following academic criteria of the UNH Study Away Eligibility policy at the time of application and throughout the study abroad program:

  • Be in good standing with the Student Conduct System.
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Petitions are available in the student's College Dean's Office.
  • Have earned at least 32 credit hours, at least 12 of which must have been earned at the University of New Hampshire at the baccalaureate level.
  • Have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Study abroad programs provided by UNH or other approved institutions may have higher minimum GPA requirements.
  • Have a declared major. 

Transfer students, including transfer students from the Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS) are not eligible to study abroad during the first semester of their baccalaureate program at UNH. Students enrolled in the degree programs of the Thompson School of Applied Science may participate in approved study abroad programs appropriate for two-year degree candidates. Please click here to access a TSAS Study Abroad Information Sheet. TSAS students must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application and prior to departure:

  • Must have earned 32 credits, at least 12 of which must have been earned at the University of New Hampshire at the associate degree level.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Study abroad programs provided by UNH or other approved institutions may have higher minimum GPA requirements.

Conduct / UNH Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities

The UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities applies to students while studying abroad. By electing to participate in a UNH-approved, UNH-exchange or UNH-managed program, students are obliged to uphold the expectations outlined in the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities and to abide by the host institution rules and the laws governing the host country. More information is available in the Student Conduct & Study Abroad Programs: FAQs.

UNH Study Abroad Mandatory Fees

There is an administrative fee charged to all students who are registered for a UNH study abroad course. This fee maintains a student’s status as full time at UNH while taking courses abroad, ensures transfer of credits that can be applied towards UNH degree requirements, and if eligible allows for application of some financial aid. It also contributes to a broad range of services available to students before, during and after their program abroad. 

UNH Technology Fee (2014-2015): 

$ 94 per semester (lower in summer)

UNH Study Abroad Administration Fee* (2014-2015):

Summer/J-term/Spring break/Maymester:  $100
Semester UNH Managed and Exchange Programs:  $200
Semester UNH Approved Programs:  $300

*Students who are continuing on the same study abroad program in the same location for a consecutive term will not be charged the Study Abroad Administrative Fee the second time.

UNH International Travel Insurance Fee (2014-2015)*:

Summer/J-term/Spring break/Maymester:  $70
Semester:  $150

*Please note there is an international insurance fee surcharge for coverage in Cuba. Contact CIE for details.

Graduate Students

Research-related activities (not for credit): No fees
Credit bearing UNH coursework: International Travel Insurance Fee applies.
Formal UNH-Approved, Managed or Exchange study abroad program: International Travel Insurance and Study Abroad Administration fees apply.

If a student withdraws from a study abroad program, the UNH Study Abroad Administration fee will be reduced according to the UNH withdrawal schedule of tuition and mandatory fees found online at http://www.unh.edu/business-services/polnproc.html. The UNH International Travel Insurance Fee will not be refunded once the student has departed from the United States.

Transfer of Credit

  • Only a course with a grade of C (or its equivalent) or better will be accepted for transfer credit from another institution.
  • Credit will not be awarded for courses that review or repeat those taken at UNH or another institution per the University’s Repeated Course Rule.
  • You may transfer credit from another institution that has a UNH-approved study abroad program. The grade received in transferred course work will appear on your official transcript, but will not affect the UNH grade point average.
  • Credit will not be awarded for language study which is part of a study abroad orientation.
  • A course taken for 3 semester hours at another institution will be worth 3 credits in transfer to UNH. Courses measured in quarter hours, term hours, or course units will be converted to semester hours to determine the UNH credit award. The conversion process may affect whether a course will meet UNH standards for General Education or major requirements; a course must be valued at least 3 semester hours to be used to satisfy general education, major, or minor credit.
  • Any UNH student who is ineligible for participation in a UNH-managed/UNH-approved study away program and who enrolls in a non-UNH study away program may not transfer credits earned in that program to his or her UNH degree.

Individual Study Abroad Policy

If after reviewing all the UNH Managed, Approved and Exchange programs, you cannot find a program that meets your academic requirements, there are a few options:

  • Review them again because the other two options below involve significantly more individual work and responsibility.
  • Petition to the Center for International Education (CIE) to have a non-approved program granted a One-time Approval. Officially Withdraw or take a Leave of Absence from UNH for the semester or year abroad.
    • Programs that are less than four weeks in duration cannot be considered for a Study Abroad One-time Approval Petiton. Learn more about short-term study abroad.
  • Refer to the Individual Study Abroad Policy found on the Documents and Forms page.

Study Abroad Following or During Health Withdrawals

Students are prohibited from participation on a study away program while withdrawn for health reasons or during their first semester following a health withdrawal. Exceptions to this policy will be granted only for unusual circumstances by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee, upon consultation with the Center for International Education or National Student Exchange, Health Services, and the Associate Dean of the student’s college. For more information contact the Associate Dean of the student’s college or the Center for International Education.