Academic advisors are a vital part of a student’s college experience, and providing your student with information about learning abroad can give them a jumpstart on success!
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you assist your students. Not finding what you’re looking for? We’re happy to help! Contact the Learning Abroad Office at 801-581-5849 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
We recommend that students begin with the Choosing a Program information on our website. The best way to learn about the different programs available is Program Search on our website. Each program coordinated by our office has a profile in the Program Search that includes information about costs, deadlines, coursework, and much more!
There are over 500 programs in the system, so we recommend using the filters to narrow down the options. You can filter the programs by location, languages of instruction, type of program, subjects, and much more! We recommend starting with a broad search and then narrowing to more specific course areas. For example, search for “Science” before searching for “Biology.”
Yes! All Learning Abroad programs are credit-bearing. Students can fulfill general education, major, minor, or elective requirements. Honors credit may also available. All programs offering at least 3 credit hours will automatically fulfill the Undergraduate International Requirement.
Both! Faculty-led and Global Campus programs earn U of U credit. For these programs, the courses offered are listed on program webpages in our Program Search. In most cases, prerequisites are also listed on the program page.
Exchange and affiliate programs earn transfer credit. Students can work with our Learning Abroad Coordinators to determine which courses will be offered while they are abroad. If your student is interested in a program earning transfer credit, be sure to discuss any limitations or restrictions on transfer credits for students in that major or minor.
Yes! We award over $250,000 in scholarships annually to Learning Abroad students! On average, the odds of winning a scholarship are at least 25%.
In addition to Office for Global Engagement Scholarships, our students have an outstanding track record for receiving nationally competitive scholarships for learning abroad including the Boren, Gilman Scholarships. Information on these opportunities and other external scholarship competitions can be found on our website.
The Learning Abroad office has a team of peer advisors available to provide initial advising. All peer advisors have studied abroad and undergo a rigorous training program. They can speak candidly with interested students and provide helpful insights from a student’s perspective. Peer advisors help students on a walk-in basis. Students can stop by room 159 in the Union, email us at email@example.com, or call 801-581-5849.
Students interested in Learning Abroad must complete a one-time Learning Abroad 101 information session before they can meet with a Learning Abroad Coordinator. Our office offers these sessions weekly and online.
We cannot stop a student from participating in a non-U of U program, but students need to be aware that they do so at their own risk. Official University of Utah programs are coordinated through the Learning Abroad Office. Programs operated through the Learning Abroad Office undergo an approval process to reduce student risk, ensure quality intercultural experiences, and confirm the academic validity of the onsite program. Over 500 international opportunities have been approved by the U. A list of official U of U Learning Abroad Programs is found in our program search. The Learning Abroad Office strongly encourages students to participate in one of the U’s official programs. There are many benefits to participating in an official program including, but not limited to:
- Access to a wide variety of Learning Abroad scholarships
- Access to transfer credit pre-approval assistance
- Eligibility for the University of Utah international medical and security evacuation insurance policy
- Streamlined approval to fulfill the International Requirement through your chosen program
- Time abroad is eligible to count toward residency for tuition purposes
- Course credits earned abroad are eligible for U of U residency credit
- Pre-departure orientation services and workshops
- Assistance with financial aid coordination
- 24/7 emergency support
Students participating in programs that are not listed in our program search need to be aware that the University is not responsible for any aspect of the program. If a student chooses to attend a non-U of U program, please encourage them to review the information on non-U of U programs on our website.
Learning Abroad is happy to assist you. We provide group and individual coaching upon request. For more information, contact Katrina Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.