FAQ for Students
Yes. While you do not have to pay WKU tuition for study abroad programs (except exchanges), there is a nonrefundable $150 study abroad application fee that goes toward administrative costs and support services provided by the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning. Qualified students who apply for the Gilman Scholarship receive a scholarship that essentially waives the application fee. Click here for more information about the application fee.
Student Representatives and Study Abroad Advisors in the Study Abroad and Global Learning are here to help! We’re located in the Honors College and International Center, room 1014. You can come in for advising, or e-mail or call us at 270-745-5334 with questions. Come to one of our events or make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.
There are also other offices that can assist once your plans are in motion:
- The Office of Scholar Development in HCIC 2039 can advise you on nationally-competitive scholarships like the Gilman Scholarship and Freeman-Asia Award.
- The Office of Student Financial Assistance in 317 Potter Hall can advise you on how to apply financial aid toward the cost of study abroad. Don’t forget that scholarships are available.
- Contact your academic advisor for assistance with selecting courses and obtaining approval for transfer credit, if required. Inform your academic advisor early in in the academic year that you want to study abroad to make planning easier.
You will need a passport book. Make sure you apply well in advance (2-3 months) of your departure date. For certain destinations and/or program lengths, you may need to obtain a visa as well. You can find more information about passports and visas here.
Yes, you are free to pursue independent travel during your free time, as long as program rules permit such travel. Be sure to inform your on-site program leaders of your travel plans, obtain their advice/recommendations, and research safety and security concerns at your destination to know how to prepare for and avoid risks. Do not undertake any high-risk activities that are not be covered by insurance (white water rafting, bungie jumping, etc.).