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Study Abroad Advising Guide

Office of International Programs

Types of Study Abroad Programs:

  • Exchange Programs
  • Affiliate/Direct Enroll Programs
  • Group Travel Programs
  • Summer Programs/Internships

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • 2.5 GPA for Group Travel and Affiliate Programs
  • 3.0 GPA for Exchange Programs
  • Student must be in good academic and financial standing at UofSC Aiken.

Application Process:

Students must apply through the online application. Once approved, students studying through Exchange and Affiliate/Direct Enroll Programs will need to complete the Host University/Program application provided by the UofSC Aiken Office of International programs.

During preliminary advising and the application process we recommend that students meet with their academic advisor to discuss course needs while abroad and their financial aid advisor to understand funding availability or limitations for study abroad.

Current Exchange Programs:

  • IESEG: School of Management, France
  • Yokohama City University, Japan
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

How does an exchange program work? 

  • Students pay UofSC Aiken tuition and fees.
  • Following registration into course(s), financial aid normally received applies to USC Aiken bill beginning after the financial aid disbursement as listed on the academic calendar.
  • Students pay room, board, and fees directly to the Exchange Program.
  • All credits return as USC Aiken credits and count toward USC Aiken GPA.
  •  Student should budget between $3,000-5,000 for additional expenses while abroad such as plane tickets, visa fees, personal and travel expenses.

Program Providers/Direct Enroll Programs:

  • CIS Abroad, various locations
  • Pablo de Olavide University, Spain
  • Learn International, various locations
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • American Institute for Foreign Studies, various locations
  • University of Pecs, Hungary
  • ISA WorldStrides, various locations
  • Florence University of the Arts, Italy
  • Academic Programs International, various locations
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Roehampton University, United Kingdom
  • Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
  • American University, Egypt

How does a program provider/direct enroll program work?

  • Students pay ALL fees (tuition, room, board, etc.) to the Program Provider/Direct Enroll Program.
  • Federal and state aid, private alternative loans, and institutional aid may be applicable. Students should confirm with their financial aid advisor.
  • Credits return as transfer credit and do not count toward UofSC Aiken academic GPA. GPA from credits abroad may be taken into consideration for financial aid.
  • Student should budget between $3,000-5,000 for additional expenses while abroad such as plane tickets, visa fees, personal and travel expenses.

Faculty-led Programs, International and Domestic:

Faculty-led programs vary by year and are offered during fall break, winter break, spring break, and summer terms. Cost, credits, and destinations associated with these programs vary and may or may not require students to pay UofSC Aiken tuition.

Credits: Typically, programs will generally offer between 1-6 credits.

Cost: Most faculty-led programs run between $2,000-5,000 not including UofSC Aiken tuition. In most cases, Winter, Spring Break, and some Maymester programs have tuition built into the Fall and Spring term costs, but summer tuition is an out of pocket expense. Financial aid is applicable for summer faculty-led programs at 6 credits or more.

Summer/Internship Programs:

These programs are provided through our Exchange or Affiliate/Direct Enroll programs and vary by location, cost, and length of program.

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