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Student FAQ

Is there a Study Abroad Application Fee?

Yes, click here for more information.

What if I change my mind about studying abroad?

If your status changes and you are reconsidering studying abroad, please contact the study abroad office. Click here to e-mail the Study Abroad Office.

How do I find a program?

Think about what you want to accomplish with study abroad. Are you most interested in taking a unique class in your major? Are you dreaming of a particular location? Is there a time and/or budget limit that you need to consider? Look at our program finder tool, come to one of SAGL’s General information sessions, or set up an appointment with your study abroad advisor.

Who do I need to talk to so I can get ready?

Talk to the staff at the office of Study Abroad and Global Learning. We’re located at 128 Grise Hall, you can e-mail us or call 270-745-5334. Come to one of the General Information Sessions; see Events for details. Or you can make an appointment with your study abroad advisor.

You’ll need to know if your financial aid can pay for study abroad. You can stop by the office of Student Financial Assistance at 317 Potter Hall and talk to a financial aid advisor. Don’t forget that scholarships are available. WKU takes its international reach very seriously and we’ll do everything possible to help you to study in other countries.

Your academic advisor will assist you in finding WKU equivalency courses. Inform your academic advisor early in in the academic year that you want to study abroad to make planning easier.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Most financial aid can be put towards study abroad and there are significant scholarships that can help pay for the experience. Stop by the office of Student Financial Assistance at 317 Potter Hall to discuss your options with a Financial Aid Advisor. WKU’s exchange programs are the most economical options for WKU students.

Do I need to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

Although SAGL offers a diverse number of language based programs, the majority of our study abroad programs offer courses in English.

Will studying abroad prevent me from graduating in time?

With the help of the SAGL staff and your academic advisor, you will take courses that keep you on track to graduation.

Does study abroad mean that I will be away from friends, family and WKU for a full semester?

SAGL boasts an impressive number of both short (i.e., 1-5 weeks) and semester or year-long programs.

What do I need to leave the country?

You will need a passport; make sure you apply well in advance (6-8 weeks) of your departure date. You may need a visa for your particular destination. The office of Study Abroad and Global Learning will provide you with helpful information if applicable. You may need immunizations, consult your physician for more information.

I’m ready! I know when and where I want to go . . . now what?

Find your program using the simple search tool and select “Apply Now” on the program page.

What are the benefits of Studying Abroad?

The Benefits of Bilingualism

The ROI of Study Abroad

Impact of Study Abroad on Retention and Success

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