Study Abroad FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who/Why?

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in all majors apply to study abroad. 

Students apply for the purpose of gaining different perspectives in their field of study and personal/professional experiences. These skills can make them more attractive to future employers and graduate programs. Many graduate programs/employers look for participation in opportunities such as study abroad when making selection decisions.

Q. Language of Instruction?

Many programs offer courses in English. Students still have the option to take a language course in the local language and take the other courses in English. 

Language immersion is one of the best ways to learn or improve upon a second language. TLU offers programs in which courses are taught in a variety of languages. Students can take courses at the level that fits their proficiency from beginner to advanced.

Q. Credit?

Virtually any coursework taken abroad through TLU programs can earn appropriate credit at TLU. 

The process is similar to that of transferring work completed at another college or university. 

Through consultation with the student’s academic advisor, courses are chosen for the major, supporting work, general curriculum, and/or electives. 

Students must earn the TLU equivalent of a “C” or higher in order to earn academic credit. 

The grades are not calculated into the TLU GPA however, they are documented on the TLU transcript.

Q. Graduation Timing?

If the time abroad is planned well in advance, a study abroad experience should not cost the student any extra time toward graduation. 

Students should consult with the academic advisor to ensure that course timelines and requirements are met before going abroad.

Q. Costs and Financial Aid?

Costs vary but many study abroad opportunities cost no more (excluding airfare, insurance, and other expenses related to living abroad) than a term on campus. 

Students can use their academic scholarships, federal aid, and external funding toward a TLU affiliated program during the long semesters. 

Performance scholarships are excluded during the time the student is abroad. 

TLU offers scholarships designated specifically for study abroad. 

Many of the program providers offer merit/need-based scholarships. Scholarships are available for PELL Grant recipients. 

 Summer program funding is more limited.

Q. Application Requirements and Deadlines? 

In order to apply for a TLU study abroad program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed at least two semesters of study at TLU before traveling abroad. (Students may apply during their second semester.) Students may not study abroad during their last semester at TLU. 
  •  A minimum cumulative TLU GPA of 2.5 to 3.0 at the time of application (depending on the program of choice). 
  • A good campus discipline record.

Application deadlines are the semester before the student wishes to study abroad. Approval is required from the student’s academic department and the International Education Office prior to application and departure.

Contact Us 

Charla Bailey
Director of International Education

Office: Tschoepe Hall 107
Phone: 830-372-8098
Email: studyabroad@tlu.edu

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