Frequently Asked Questions
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No appointment is necessary! Once you’ve completed your first steps, in-person advising is available on a drop-in basis. Our office is located in Center for Community (C4C), S355. Advisors are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
All of our programs have a class standing requirement. Most programs require sophomore or junior standing. If you have transfer credit, it will be considered in determining your class standing.
Speak with your academic advisor and consider your extracurricular involvement to decide when education abroad will best fit into your schedule.
In order to give yourself time to research, select, and apply to a program we recommend that you begin planning your education abroad experience a year in advance. Application deadlines are typically early in the semester prior to the term you intend to go abroad. That said, admissions is rolling for most programs, so it’s in your best interest to apply early (over summer or winter breaks).
Note: some scholarship deadlines precede program deadlines; planning early will enable you to apply for more scholarships!
If you are a CU Boulder student, you have hundreds of CU Boulder approved education abroad programs to choose from! We encourage you to find a program that is a great fit for you by considering factors such as courses offered, location, program type, cost, etc
There are many benefits to going on a CU Boulder approved program including the ability to earn CU Boulder credit, the ability to use federal/institutional/state financial aid, and more.
Some programs are open to students who do not attend CU Boulder. To see these programs, use our program search. The search criteria “Open to students from” allows you to search by state, institution, or country.
Any program you find through our program search is a CU Boulder approved program. A program is considered “approved” after it has been evaluated by the CU Boulder Education Abroad Committee and determined to meet CU Boulder academic standards. If you participate in a CU-approved program you will earn in-residence credit (as if the work had been completed on the Boulder campus) for courses taken abroad, and can apply federal, state, and institutional financial aid to the program.
Try using our program search to find options that match your goals and priorities. Search by: location, term, cost, program type, academic subject, eligibility, and much more. Of course, advisors are also available to help!
CU Boulder partners with universities worldwide allowing students to “exchange” a term at CU with a student from a partner university abroad. Exchange programs internationalize the Boulder campus and present unique opportunities for both incoming and outgoing students. When exchange positions are available, it reduces the overall cost of the program. While exchanges are among our most affordable programs, they require a high level of independence.
Use the “Exchange Positions Available” parameter of our program search to explore exchange options. Some exchange programs can be competitive; speak with an education abroad advisor to learn more.
Yes! You can take courses taught in English in over 50 countries. Use the program search parameter “Pre-Program Language Level” and select “*No experience with host country language” to find programs that offer courses in English. Be sure to check the course prerequisites for any program you are considering, as some of our programs have other prerequisites besides language background.
Our foreign language course requirements are based on CU Boulder’s language course structure. For example, if a program requires 4 semesters of college-level Spanish, you need to have completed Spanish 2120/50 (or another university’s equivalent) before your program begins. If you haven’t taken language classes at the college level, you can find out your estimated proficiency by taking the online language placement exam.
Results from this exam are a good indicator of what programs you may be eligible for, but they do not guarantee that you can apply for those programs. It’s important to know that language exam results tell you what language level you have placed into at CU Boulder, not what you have placed out of. For example, if you take this exam and the results yield SPAN 3000, this indicates that you have placed out of SPAN 2120/50. However, this does not make you eligible for programs with a SPAN 3000 requirement; you would need to complete SPAN 3000 in order to apply for those programs.
For languages not listed here, please contact an education abroad advisor for assistance.
It’s possible to complete your final degree requirements while on education abroad, however, based on transcript timelines, your graduation date and receipt of diploma may be delayed. It’s important to work with your department or college to make sure that you will receive the credits you need while abroad. Keep in mind that education abroad programs often don’t end until after CU’s graduation dates; being abroad may preclude participating in a commencement ceremony (although you will be permitted to participate in an earlier or later May or December ceremony).
You can go abroad the term immediately after your last term on the Boulder campus. For example, if your last term in Boulder is spring, you may go abroad on one of our summer programs. Important considerations, such as receipt of financial aid and/or payment of loans, are among reasons that you may choose to delay graduation until after your education abroad program. Regardless of whether you’ve graduated, the education abroad program name and coverall credits passed/earned will appear on your transcript.
Abroad 101 is your first step. It’s important to complete this even if you know what program you want to go on. (Note: graduate students are exempt from this requirement). Then, contact an education abroad advisor either in-person, via email, live chat, or over the phone. An advisor will determine your eligibility and work with you to ensure this program is the right fit. (S)he will also make sure you have reviewed all of your options. From there, an advisor will open an application, which you can access through your MyCUAbroad account.
An application typically includes short-answer personal statements, an e-recommendation or contact information for an academic reference (college level professor or graduate TA), transcript(s), online forms and materials for our office and/or your education abroad organization or host university, and an application fee.
Your application is complete when all of the items in your MyCUAbroad checklist have been marked as received (a check box next to the item) and after you click on the Submit button at the top of your application page.
We verify your eligibility when we open your application. If you submit a quality application by the posted deadline, you have a good chance of being accepted. Weak personal statements and/or discrepancies in your academic/disciplinary histories may affect your chances of acceptance. Note that most programs fill on a rolling basis and some have limited enrollment. It is always in your best interest to apply early!
We work hard to help you find a program that is a good fit for your academic and personal goals. We limit you to one program per term, so that you can invest your time and effort into one strong application. Note: you may apply for more than one summer program if the dates don’t overlap and you plan to attend both.
Applications for most programs are reviewed on a rolling basis while applications for certain exchanges are reviewed after the posted application deadline. For programs with rolling admissions, you will receive an admission decision 1-3 weeks after you complete your application. If you are applying to a program without rolling admissions, you can expect a decision 1-3 weeks after the deadline. You will be notified via email in all cases.
If you are not accepted to your first choice program, a good alternative is likely available. We will work with you to explore options that suit your academic and personal goals. If you are not accepted because of your disciplinary status, you may be eligible to reapply at a later date. Please note that our office cannot guarantee acceptance into any program.
While your application is in review, there is still plenty to do! Start entry requirements for your country and make sure your passport is up-to-date - it should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program. Also, begin to search course offerings for potential courses you may want to take while abroad.
Both applications must be complete by the CU Boulder deadline. Many education abroad organizations require hard-copy items (official transcripts, passport photos, etc.). If you need to mail items, they should be post-marked by our deadline.
Nothing is wrong – CU Boulder Education Abroad sends appropriate materials once we have made an acceptance decision, so it may take 2-3 weeks before they are sent.
It can take several days for forms to be uploaded to your checklist. We date-stamp every piece we receive, so even if it takes a few days to check in, we know when you submitted it.
Carefully read the instructions in your MyCUAbroad or education abroad organization application about the reference requirements. Several weeks before the application deadline, ask a professorm instructor or graduate-level TA if s/he is willing to complete an e-recommendation form for you. Once s/he has agreed, log in to MyCUAbroad and either:
- Request the e-recommendation by clicking on “Request E-Recommendation” and following the prompts to enter their contact information, or
- Enter the person’s contact information under “Academic Reference Contact Information so that we can contact them should a recommendation be required.
Usually no. For almost all programs, references MUST come from a graduate TA or faculty member who has taught you in a college course, either at CU Boulder or another institution. References that come from an advisor or supervisor will be considered supplementary and will not count as a required reference.
The exception to this is if you are applying to an ISA internship or other select internship programs. In these cased, your reference should come from an employer or advisor.
Please contact an education abroad advisor in our office to discuss your options.
Use the costs that are posted from the most recent term as an estimate. If you don’t see any costs posted for your program this means that the program is new. Please contact our office for assistance.
Yes. You are required to report all incidents--including warnings--on and/or off-campus. For questions about how your disciplinary history can affect your participation, read the Eligibility webpage.
If and when you are accepted, you'll find an already-checked-off item on your MyCUAbroad checklist called "Personal CU Boulder Acceptance Information." Either Exchange or Non-Exchange will be listed under "Billing Types."
Generally yes, but many factors have to be taken into account. In most cases you will still need to apply for the program for the following term and meet all deadlines, but there are sometimes exceptions if you are staying on the same program in the same location. In some situations it is not possible to stay abroad longer due to visa requirements. You should email your CU Program Manager if you are considering extending your stay.
Credit earned on a CU Boulder education abroad program is considered "in residence" credit. This means that your coursework on a CU Boulder approved program counts just like the coursework you complete here in Boulder. In order to determine what degree requirements these courses will fulfill, you will submit courses you intend to take while abroad to have them evaluated for any of the following:
All courses will appear on your CU degree audit. Your education abroad program name and overall credits passed/earned will also appear on your transcript. At minimum, your courses will be elective credit unless you take a course(s) that is not eligible for credit at CU Boulder. Visit General Elective Credit & Courses Not Eligible for CU Credit for more information.
If you complete a for-credit internship but do not get written review & approval from your college or department, you will not earn any credit for the internship and it will not appear on your CU transcript. See the Essential Guide & Education Abroad Internship Credit Approval Form for more information.
Depending on the program, your education abroad courses will be assigned letter grades or a pass/fail designation on your CU Boulder record. Students cannot opt to take courses for pass/fail credit when their grading system has been assigned to letter grades, and visa-versa.
Pass/Fail : For all other programs, foreign grades are converted to pass, no credit, or fail grades on the CU Boulder degree audit. The CU Boulder transcript will contain the name of the education abroad program and total credits passed/earned. Based on a conversion formula developed by the Education Abroad Committee, the converted grades are defined as:
- Pass (C- or better)
- No Credit (D+ to D-)
- Fail (F)
The pass/fail credit earned on an education abroad program is exempt from college limits on student-elected pass/fail credit and passing grades are eligible to count for various major/degree requirements (per approval from the relevant department).
Keep in mind that you may be asked to provide your original education abroad transcripts in the future (i.e. for graduate/professional school admissions). The actual grades you earned abroad will always display on the transcript from your education abroad program, so be aware of this for the future..
All majors available at CU Boulder are available abroad. To search for programs by subjects available, used our program search.
Going abroad may allow you to take courses that fill quickly or are closed to you at CU. Gain a new perspective on your area of study or challenge yourself by taking a course in a topic you're not familiar with. Education abroad is a great opportunity for you to understand new concepts and discover new methods of learning.
To discover the course options available on a particular program, review the course pre-approvals list and check your program's current course offerings using the links provided on your program's page.
For some programs course offerings may not be available until shortly before the program start date, or until you are on-site. In this case, speak to your academic advisor before you leave regarding this situation and find out how to get courses approved after you arrive overseas. Know your remaining degree requirements and have an idea of what types of courses would fulfill these requirements so that you can enroll accordingly once your course options are available on-site.
If appropriate courses are available and approved by your academic department, you can use them to fulfill major and/or college requirements. Start by reviewing the information on our Credit for your Major, Minor or Certificate page; this includes a list of courses that have been pre-approved by major. If you don’t see a course(s) from your preferred program on this list you can have your courses evaluated for major or college credit.
Once you’ve been accepted to a program, you’ll receive instructions for getting courses evaluated for major or minor requirements in the application piece “Start Now: Course Evaluations for Major, Minor and Certificate.” This evaluation process starts by working with your academic advisor(s). You are responsible for getting academic advising, preferably before leaving campus, to determine the applicability of specific courses.
Start by looking at the list of pre-reviewed courses on our A&S Core and MAPS page. This list is compiled of courses that previous students have requested to be evaluated. For any new course evaluations, fill out the Arts & Sciences Core & MAPS Evaluation Request Form and submit it and course descriptions to our office. It can take 8 weeks for a course to be evaluated for A&S Core or MAPS; plan accordingly.
Language exemption exams (FLATS) are conducted by Career Services (Center for Community, N352, 303.492.5854). There is a fee and pre-registration is required. If passed, the exemption test fulfills the three-semester A&S language requirement but no credit hours are granted. FLATS cannot be used for placement purposes.
For any courses that you are hoping to apply to your major, minor, or certificate , you will need to speak with your academic advisor(s). Anything related to A&S Core, MAPS, or General Electives will be coordinated through Education Abroad. For more information on these evaluation processes, visit Credit for your Major, Minor or Certificate and A&S Core, MAPS & General Elective Credit.
Yes, although we strongly encourage you to do so prior to departure.
See Education Abroad Transcripts for an estimated time of arrival of your program coursework. Once our office has received your transcript, it will be processed and posted to your degree audit, where it can be viewed by you and your Academic Advisor. It will take up to 3 weeks after your courses are available in the degree audit system before the education abroad program name and overall credit passed/earned will appear on your CU Boulder transcript.
By carefully planning their courses, most students who go abroad still graduate in four years. Take the following steps:
- Have courses you plan to take abroad reviewed and approved by your academic advisor(s)
- Keep all documentation about all the courses you took (papers, reading lists, etc.) until you graduate
- Find out when courses are normally received by looking at the Education Abroad Transcripts page
No, you do not pay Boulder campus tuition and fees when you are on a CU education abroad program. Instead, you pay the actual cost of your education abroad program, which varies greatly from program to program. To quickly find the cost of any CU education abroad program, consult the Program Costs page. The bottom line (Total Estimated Budget) includes the cost of tuition & fees, room & board, health insurance, books & supplies, airfare, personal and living expenses.
Since students will still be billed for their education abroad program fee through the CU Bursar's Office, payments are due at the same time as regular CU Boulder tuition. Tuition for fall, the first semester of an academic year program and the second semester of a calendar year program will be due on September 5. Tuition for spring, the second semester of an academic year program and the first semester of a calendar year program will be due on February 5. Tuition for summer programs will be due on June 5 regardless of when the program actually begins. For additional information, please read through the Guide on Billing and Financial Aid.
Please note that some costs such as program deposits, plane tickets, visa fees, immunizations, and possibly housing costs will need to be paid sooner than these dates. For more information about possible additional costs, please see the FAQ below called "What am I paying for when I go abroad?"
To view detailed costs of each specific program, please visit the Program Costs page.
As explained in the first question above, you do not pay your regular CU tuition during the term in which you go abroad. Instead, you pay the actual cost of your education abroad program, which can vary greatly from program to program. Some programs cost less than what Colorado residents would normally pay to study and live in Boulder. Some programs cost more than what non-residents would normally pay to study and live in Boulder. Most program costs fall somewhere in between these two extremes. On average, a semester abroad costs more than a semester at CU for resident students and less than a semester at CU for non-resident students.
When you go abroad, you will mostly pay for the same types of costs that you encounter during a term at CU (instructional costs, "tuition" for your program), housing costs, food costs, health insurance, transportation, etc.). However, there are a few additional costs that you may have when going abroad. The following are examples of some of these costs. Most of these costs are included in the estimated costs in each program budget on the Program Costs page:
- Airfare to and from your host country
- Passport application fee
- Visa application fee (not required for every country)
- CU Boulder Education Abroad Administrative fee
- Immunizations (only needed for certain locations)
- Personal spending money for extra travel - varies greatly from student to student (not included in Program cost budgets)
Yes! You can use your federal, state and institutional financial aid on approved education abroad programs. Additional information is available on our Financial Aid page.
Numerous scholarships are available to students applying to go abroad. Most students will be eligible to apply for at least 1-2 scholarships, if not more! Additional information is available on our Scholarships Page.
Any current scholarships awarded by CU Boulder will apply toward approved program costs and appear on your bill as they normally would. If you receive private scholarships from another organization, please check with that organization directly about applicability of those funds.
Program costs vary greatly from program to program, largely because of two factors: location and program infrastructure. Programs located in countries with a comparably low cost of living are generally more affordable. Programs located in countries with a high cost of living (such as Australia, New Zealand, or countries in Western/Central Europe) are generally more expensive. These costs are also affected by exchange rates.
Programs with more infrastructure and numerous built-in services contribute to a higher program cost. A program like Semester at Sea, for example, has high infrastructure costs due to the cost of the ship, the services on board and the large, necessary staff. However, programs with a low infrastructure costs still offer good support for students and sometimes offer opportunities such as field trips and volunteer opportunities. There is not a direct correlation between program cost and level of quality.
The short answer is that education abroad program costs vary widely: some programs will be less expensive than what you pay at CU (view estimates of comprehensive costs to study/live at CU), some may be about the same cost, and some may be more expensive. This can be true for both resident students and non-resident students.
Below are some sample program costs, with comparisons to the total estimated costs to attend CU. These are not the only program cost options: CU Boulder offers over 300 programs, and you can find programs that offer lower (and higher) costs in the same region compared to those listed below. Note that all costs listed below are estimates of the total estimated costs that you pay per semester, including costs such as tuition, housing, food, books, spending money, health insurance, etc.
|1 semester at CU (resident)*||1 semester at CU (non-resident)*||Exchange program in Lancaster, England||ISA program in Granada, Spain||Semester at Sea program|
|Total estimated costs per semester (last update 2017)||$16,500||$32,000||$16,959||$15,300||$36,400|
Total estimated costs per semester (last update 2017)
*CU semester costs are based on the estimates provided by the Office of Financial Aid, but note that we are also providing estimates for Personal and Living expenses which the Office of Financial Aid does not put into their budgets.
CU Boulder education abroad programs are not COF eligible, nor will the credit earned be deducted from the 145 lifetime credit hour limit.
- COF funding cannot be used to pay education abroad costs because the COF is used to offset Boulder campus tuition. Students on CU Boulder education abroad programs do not pay tuition to Boulder while abroad.
- Because you cannot use COF funding for CU Boulder education abroad programs, the credit hours earned while abroad will be exempt from the 145-hour lifetime credit limit.
- Even though credit earned on CU Boulder education abroad programs doesn't count toward the COF limit, it is posted on the CU degree audit and may be used to satisfy core, major, or elective requirements.
Questions? Please read more about COF at the CU College Opportunity Fund (COF) Project website.
Yes, G.I. Bill funds can be used to study on an approved program. Additional information is available in our FAQ: Using G.I. Bill Funding for Education Abroad.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of the countries where you will study or travel, which allows you to enter and remain in that country. The visa is your entry or residency permit which usually appears as a stamp in your passport. Most students going on programs for 90 days or longer need a visa; some programs of shorter duration also need visas.
Yes. In most cases the visa will be stamped inside your passport. Most consulates require you to submit your actual passport along with your visa application. If you don't already have a valid passport you should apply for one as soon as you decide to go abroad, even before you apply for your program. This process can take several weeks to several months, depending on the country and time of year when you apply.
If you already have a passport, check the expiration date. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your program ends.
When applying for a passport for the first time you have to submit your application in person. The State Department has everything you need to know about U.S. passports (how to apply, how to get a rushed passport, how to renew your passport).
If your passport was lost or stolen and you are departing imminently or if you need your passport to apply for a visa within two weeks, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) to schedule an appointment to apply in person at a Passport Agency.
It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad, including countries that you plan to visit before or after your education abroad program. For information on entry requirements for a specific country, please go to the Entry/Exit Requirements section in the Country Specific Information pages on the U.S. Department of State Website.
After you have checked out the information in the Entry/Exit Requirements section, you should then determine which consulate you should use to apply for your student visa. In most cases you will apply to the regional consulate for your host country that has jurisdiction over your home state. For instance, if you are studying in France and your home state is Colorado, you will use the Consulate of France in Los Angeles. If you aren't sure which consulate you should use, you can start by contacting the Embassy for your country here in the United States to ask which consulate you should use.
Note that in some instances regional consulates will also accept visa applications from students who are going to school in a state under their jurisdiction, even if their state of permanent residence falls outside their jurisdiction.
No. Student visa requirements for the same country can vary significantly from one consulate to another. Be sure to use only the visa requirements for the consulate under whose jurisdiction you fall.
Even though many consulates post student visa requirements on their website, we recommend that you contact the consulate directly to request the visa instructions in writing. Some consulates do not have the most up-to-date instructions on their websites, so you should only use instructions that you have obtained from the consulate directly.
Many students and parents report being frustrated in their repeated and unsuccessful attempts to reach a consular official. One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes consulates are understaffed; possibly they are a one-person office. It is important to remain considerate and polite, even when feeling frustrated.
We recommend communicating with the consulate in several ways. Usually consulates have limited hours when they answer the phone. If phone calls don't go through, you can try emailing, sending a fax, or visiting in person if you live in the area. If you visit in person, see if an appointment is required. Usually one of these is the preferred method of communication. Allow several days or more for a response.
This requirement varies from consulate to consulate. Some consulates accept visa applications by mail, while more and more consulates are now requiring students to submit visa applications in person or to pick them up in person (or both). Some program providers have obtained permission from consulates to do batch processing of visa applications where they will collect your visa application and submit it on your behalf, but this is not common. If your program is able to provide this service they will let you know once you have been accepted into your program.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to determine their requirements. The Foreign Consulate Offices listing may be helpful.
The procedures that you will follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures. If you are an international student at CU Boulder you must meet with an international student advisor in the Office of International Education so they will know about your plans and can properly document your U.S. immigration paperwork.
The cost for obtaining visas varies. We have seen costs ranging from zero to over $500 to apply.
Education Abroad includes the estimated cost for a student visa application within the program budget that it sends to the Office of Financial Aid. This is the same as is posted on the estimated costs page. This estimate factors in the cost of applying for the student visa (including the cost of applying in person if necessary with airfare, lodging, and meals). Financial aid takes into account the total estimated cost for the program, including these visa expenses.
This is a very important question, especially for students going on spring programs when there is a narrow window of time between applying for a program in the fall and the deadline to apply for a student visa. Check the application timeframe on the consulate website very carefully. Usually consulates have a beginning and ending date during which they will accept visa applications. (For example, they might accept visa applications between 30-90 days before your scheduled departure.) Apply as early as possible. This means you should start gathering the required supporting documents well in advance so that you have everything ready to go when the consulate will first start accepting visa applications.
These requirements vary widely. Check the consulate's instructions early in the process so you will know what you need to do, and what documents you will need to request from outside sources. It could take some time for you to gather all of these pieces. Here are some examples of the types of supporting documents consulates have been known to ask for:
- Official letter of acceptance from your home university and/or from your program provider.
- Official letter of acceptance from an institution in the country where you will be studying.
- Doctor's letter certifying that you meet certain health requirements.
- Copy of most recent parental income tax returns.
- FBI background check --if you need this, start this process soon! It can take up to 16 weeks to obtain this clearance.
- Certified check or money order for the visa fee.
- Proof of required health insurance.
- Proof of means of financial support (could include proof of financial aid award package, letter from your bank, letter from parents, etc.).
- Proof of travel itinerary.
Pay attention to the details of this requirement. Do they require that you have a round trip ticket? Will they accept a copy of your itinerary from your travel agent? If you are taking a group flight, will they accept a letter from your home university or program provider indicating this, or do they need an actual itinerary? Do they require that you have a return flight within a certain period after your program ends?
If they ask for a round-trip ticket you will need to purchase one, even though you might not know exactly when you will be returning home. Students usually buy the return ticket, verifying with their travel agent that they can change the return date later. There is usually a penalty fee associated with changing the travel dates (and the penalty could apply to each leg of the flight, including any domestic flights within the U.S.)
Some travel agencies or organizations offer differing change fee options, so we recommend that you research several options before booking your flight.
This scenario can present a real challenge for you. It applies to students going to one country in the fall and then to another country in the spring, or combining a term with the summer in another country. Check to see if you will need to apply for a visa for each country. It is highly unlikely that you can apply for both visas at the same time. You will first obtain your visa for the country where you will be going for the first term. If you need a visa for the country the following term, verify the window of time during which you can apply for your visa. The most likely scenario is that you will not have an adequate amount of time to apply for and receive your second visa.
Some countries will allow you to apply for your second visa from the country where you are studying in the fall. It is more likely that you will need to return to the U.S. to apply for your visa. Remember that consulates will keep your passport while they process your visa application, some for an extended period of time (for example 4-6 weeks). For these reasons, studying on back-to-back programs in different countries is becoming more and more difficult for students.
If you plan to work while you are studying, you could be subject to different or additional visa requirements. Check to see if your student visa allows you to work (usually not the case). Even if it is allowed you might be required to obtain a special stamp from the immigration authorities upon entering the country. The hours you are allowed to work could be limited. If you plan to do an internship (paid or unpaid) or volunteer project on your program, check with your program provider to see how this will impact visa requirements. Will you need additional paperwork documenting the nature and hours of your internship or service learning project? Will you need a special visa?
You may be denied entry into, or be deported from, a country for which you have not obtained a required visa. Education Abroad, the Office of International Education, and the University of Colorado Boulder are not responsible for obtaining visas nor are they in any way responsible for visa denial.
If your host country requires a visa and you don't obtain one, you won't be able to study on your education abroad program.
The following list gives some examples of reasons that a visa might be denied:
- incomplete visa applications, including missing signatures or supporting documents
- visa applications submitted without a signed passport
- visa applications turned in too early or too late
- visa application submitted to the wrong consulate
- not complying with certain medical requirements
- many countries will not issue visas to persons with any type of criminal record
Congratulations. Your visa usually consists of an official stamp placed inside your passport. However, you aren't done yet! Carefully check all of the information in the visa. Is your name spelled correctly? Are the dates for the visa correct? If anything needs to be changed, contact the consulate immediately to ask them to correct your visa.
Passport photos are a style of photograph with specifications regarding the size of the photo, what sort of head and facial clothing is permitted, a particular background color, and other specifications. Do not try to take or print passport photos yourself, as the regulations regarding these photos are specific and strict. Although these specifications are often standard, some countries publish a list of their unique specifications with their other visa application requirements. There are many places where you can get passport photos including the Buff OneCard office, Walgreens, CVS, post offices, etc.
Once we complete the review of your application, we will forward any necessary materials to your education abroad organization or host university. Your organization or host university will then review your application and contact you with an admission decision. You can expect to hear back from them within 1-6 weeks, depending on the program.
There are three resources you should use: your MyCUAbroad application checklist, information from your host university/education abroad organization (if applicable), and your program handbooks. Review the Once Accepted page for links to handbooks and your orientation dates.
In your MyCUAbroad checklist, sign your Participant Contract to confirm your participation in your program. All other checklist items include the timeline by which you must complete them.
When you signed your contract, your CUBill&Pay account was charged the required nonrefundable $550.00 deposit. This deposit confirms your spot on the program and must be paid by the next CU Boulder Bursar’s Office due date. Check your account on MyCUInfo to view this charge as well as the due date.
You will complete General Orientation online in your MyCUAbroad checklist. All components of the online General Orientation should be completed prior to your Program-Specific Orientation.
Program-Specific Orientation dates are listed on the Once Accepted page. If your program is not listed, your orientation date is still pending.
Program-Specific Orientation is required and an important step in your education abroad journey. Program-Specific Orientations are exciting and helpful because returned students from your program will be there to talk to you about their recent experiences on your program. As you can imagine, the break-out panels are not possible to recreate. If you cannot attend, contact returned students (you will receive their contact info after the orientation) and take one of them out to coffee. Keep in mind, every student has a different experience.
If you have a class during the orientation, ask another student to take notes for you. If you work during orientation, please try to switch your shift. If you still find that you are unable to attend orientation, email your Program Manager.
Regardless, read your Program Specific Handbook, which is available through your MyCUAbroad checklist. Please also be sure to thoroughly read all of the information that you receive from your education abroad organization or host university. It is essential that you complete and return all items required in a timely manner.
Do not purchase your airline tickets until you have been accepted by CU Boulder Education Abroad and your education abroad organization or host institution. Your pre-departure materials will provide instructions on when you should plan to arrive. You may, however, wish to start shopping around for good fares now. We recommend using an advanced search to check for flights on multiple travel sites. Be sure to consider student discounts, baggage fees, flexibility of changing your return date and any fees charged for doing so (in case you decide to stay and travel).
If you have been accepted to a faculty-led Global Seminar program, do not book your flight until you receive an email from our office explicitly instructing you to do so.
If you are planning ahead, you might want to consider living on campus or in Bear Creek the semester before or after your education abroad program. These housing options allow you to leave your contract with no penalties if you are attending an official CU education abroad program. This is a great perk and extremely rare in the Boulder housing market.
If you are in a lease, you may want to advertise your housing to returning education abroad students, visiting international students, and other CU students. Consider posting your sublet on Ralphie’s List which is part of CU Off-Campus Student Services. If you are currently living on campus or in Bear Creek, you can leave your contract with no penalties to attend an official CU education abroad program. Official documentation is required from our office; please contact email@example.com.
There are many housing resources for returning education abroad students. CU Off-Campus Student Services maintains listings of rooms, houses, apartments, roommate requests, Boulder specific-housing information and materials related to living off campus. Check out Ralphie’s List or Bear Creek Apartments.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, you should always contact the local emergency response system first. You will be provided with a wallet-sized emergency card that has the 911 equivalent in your host country. Keep this with you at all times and program the number(s) into your cell phone abroad.
In the event of non-life threatening emergency, you should always notify your on-site staff first. On-site staff are in the best position to provide immediate help, whether that be accompanying you to the doctor, reporting a theft, or helping you replace a lost passport.
Your safety and security is of utmost concern. CU Boulder Education Abroad routinely monitors US State Department Travel Alerts and Warnings, Overseas Security Advisory Council information, updates from our partners abroad, and alerts from our health insurance/evacuation company about unrest or threats that could jeopardize your safety abroad. You are encouraged to enroll in safety updates from a variety of sources. In rare cases, CU Boulder makes the decision to cancel an education abroad program and in so doing, evacuates students from their program site. See here for more information and CU Boulder’s Policy: In Case of Political or Social Unrest, Terrorism, and the Threat of War.
Yes, you will be provided with limited health and accident insurance and will be automatically enrolled shortly before your education abroad program begins. The cost is included in the program fee and the policy provides benefits that are often not available in your personal coverage. The education abroad policy is different from the insurance available to you through Wardenburg Student Health Center. You will be covered for most health and accident incidents in your host country and in other countries you travel to, but please read the coverage summary for exclusions. Preventive care and risky behavior - such as driving, skydiving and bungee jumping - are not covered. More information on the insurance policy and dates of coverage can be found in the Essential Guide to Education Abroad. Note that the policy is not travel insurance (see below for more info on travel insurance).
No. The State of Colorado requires that the University of Colorado provide health insurance coverage to every student going on an approved CU Boulder program.
Since insurance coverage is provided while you go abroad, you may be thinking about dropping your current coverage. We recommend that you maintain Affordable Care Act compliant health insurance at all times (even during your time out of the country) in order to avoid any potential tax penalties for failure to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory insurance requirement. See the Essential Guide to Education Abroad for more information.
You will be automatically enrolled in coverage shortly before your program begins. If you need to use the health insurance for a sickness or emergency, you should contact your on-site staff for immediate medical assistance. For most care, you will pay the medical bill up front and then submit a claim form to be reimbursed. Claim forms are available on our website.
CU Boulder Education Abroad does not offer travel insurance and does not require that students purchase it. However, like any other trip, your plans can change unexpectedly, bags can be lost en route, or personal property can be damaged. If you would like to insure your trip or your belongings a travel agency or online service can help you purchase travel insurance.
It depends. Many countries allow you to bring medications as long as you have the prescription from your doctor with you. Some countries prohibit certain medications so it is imperative that you consult the US State Department's webpage on medical information, which includes advice about traveling and prescription medication.
Consult the Center for Disease Control website for recommended immunizations for each country you plan on traveling to while abroad. Don't delay since you may need several shots, taken weeks apart. For more information see the Essential Guide to Education Abroad .
There are several resources designed specifically for travelers who want to receive pertinent updates. We recommend the following:
- US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- International SOS (CU Boulder provides a free subscription to all students, faculty and staff)
- US State Department Twitter alerts
- Resources for Students
Federal privacy laws prevent us from sharing certain information unless your student has given us written permission to do so. However, we attempt to share as much general information as possible on our website. You can access program information, read materials for outgoing students, view a sample participant contract and much more. We encourage students to share all of the information they receive with you!
Education abroad is the exciting pursuit of educational opportunities in another country. Students can go abroad during a summer, semester, year, or even during winter break and earn credit toward their degrees at CU Boulder. There are many different program features, which provide different opportunities within the program and affect what a student's day-to-day experience is like.
At the University of Colorado Boulder, approximately 25% of students who enter the university as first-year students and graduate attend an education abroad program. This number is expected to grow as the university puts a high priority on international experience for students in its Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan. Nationwide, approximately 10% of college students go abroad.
There are many reasons why your student should go abroad:
- Your student will earn credit towards his or her degree, learn and build skills for a future career, be able to put an impressive experience on a resume, learn a new language or continue studying one, experience a new way of living and learning, step out of a comfort zone, and learn skills they would not otherwise learn.
- Education abroad is a transformational experience for students. Most students feel that education abroad changes their lives, provides meaningful direction, and opens doors to future opportunities and successes they hadn't thought possible. For instance, one study showed that students who go abroad have greater future earning potential than students who did not go abroad.
- "We have seen tremendous growth in our daughter as a result of her education abroad experience in Italy. Her studies and experiences allowed her to master the Italian language and develop a passion for European culture and the European lifestyle. The experience has been invaluable to her college education." - Quote from the father of a returned CU Boulder education abroad student.
Education abroad will not necessarily set your student back from graduating in four years. In fact, a recent analysis showed that CU Boulder students who go abroad graduated at the same speed as students who did not go abroad. Your student can earn credit toward his or her degree while abroad, including major, minor, certificate, core and elective credit. Ideally, your student will start planning at least a year in advance. Your students should work closely with his or her Academic Advisor in addition to the Education Abroad office.
Your student should go abroad when it best fits his or her schedule. While many students go abroad during junior year, what is best for each student varies. There are some programs open to eligible students the summer after their first-year, many programs open to eligible students with sophomore standing, and some programs that require junior standing.
There are hundreds of CU Boulder approved education abroad programs, so your student has a lot of options! We encourage students to find a program that is a great fit for him/her while taking into consideration factors like courses offered, location, program type, cost, etc. Our programs are generally in one of three categories: affiliated programs through education abroad organizations, faculty-led Global Seminars, and exchanges/other partnerships.
The benefits of CU Boulder programs are many, and include earning CU Boulder credit, the ability to use federal/institutional/state financial aid, and more.
If a student cannot find a program that fits his/her needs through CU Boulder, (s)he is welcome to consider non-approved programs. However, if a student studies abroad on a non-approved program, (s)he must apply to transfer the credit back to CU Boulder and (s)he become ineligible for federal, institutional, and state financial aid.
If your student is interested in learning more or is ready to get started, your student should complete Abroad 101. Through Abroad 101 students learn about reasons for going abroad, differences between CU Boulder and non-CU Boulder programs, program types, housing options, major/minor credit, College of Arts & Sciences core, credits, grades, eligibility requirements, the application process, deadlines and graduation information. There is also an overview of the financial aspects of education abroad, including program costs and financial aid.
We provide a variety of services to students before, during, and after their education abroad experience. Examples include:
- Advising and resources to select the program most suitable for your student
- Assistance through the application process
- Connection with a Program Manager who is an expert on your student's program
- Resource direction on how to obtain a passport and/or visa
- Assistance in working with various CU Boulder administrative offices
- Advising regarding opportunities and pathways for financing education abroad
- Contact information for education abroad alumni
- Continued registration as a full-time student at CU Boulder
- Pre-departure orientation(s) and thorough program preparation
- Additional support during your students' time abroad
- A guarantee to for the coursework your student takes abroad to appear on the CU Boulder degree audit and count toward the overall degree hoursdegree (unless it is above the 45 hours of credit allowed in one department or it is a subject for which CU Boulder does not give credit)
- Alumni services upon return from going abroad
The cost of going abroad varies by program. Some programs are similar (sometimes less!) to the cost of studying in Boulder, and others are more. Read much more on our Education Abroad Finances page.
- Choose a program that fits your budget
- Consider exchange programs
- Apply to scholarships
- Use federal, state, and/or institutional aid (e.g. Pell Grants, institutional grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, etc.)
- Apply for private loans, etc.
Read more about funding opportunities on the Education Abroad Finances page.
You have access to the following CU Boulder resources: Parents and Family page, Parent and Family Guide, The Essential Guide to Education Abroad, and many other resources on our website. You are also welcome to attend your student's required in-person orientation. The only thing you can't see without a log-in is your student's application checklist (which includes a program-specific handbook among other items). Ask them to share this information with you if necessary. Additionally, if your student is going abroad with an education abroad organization, that organization will have resources for parents as well.
It is not recommended to visit your student during his or her program but is definitely encouraged afterward.
Please check with your student's program as in some cases visitors are not allowed at all.
We also strongly recommend that at least one parent or guardian have a valid passport while your student is abroad. (This would be a critical piece if your student has an emergency and you wish to travel to be with him/her in a time of need.)
An education abroad organization or program provider is an organization that we partner with which organizes education abroad programs. Examples of program providers are Arcadia University, CAPA, CIEE, ISA, IES, SIT, Syracuse University, University of Virginia, etc. Program providers have on-site staff to assist if there is an emergency, help students register for classes, coordinate housing, provide support for students' academic and personal needs, and much more. Providers are a great resource for answering site-specific questions like "In which neighborhood are the host families?" or "How will a vegetarian fare on this program?" Not all programs are with providers. We also have great direct exchange/other partnership programs and faculty-led Global Seminars.
The personal safety of your student while he or she is abroad is of extreme importance both to you and to the Office of International Education. We take very seriously the role of preparing students through pre-departure orientations here in Boulder, extensive resources guides, contact with program providers, and on-site staff knowledgeable in the area. While your student is abroad, he or she will have access to on-site staff for assistance as well as our 24-hour emergency telephone. Note that staff in the Education Abroad office monitor updates on health and safety issues around the world that are issued by the U.S. Department of State. Note, too, that CU Boulder does not approve participation on programs in countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning. Although most trips abroad are trouble-free, being prepared will go a long way in avoiding the possibility of serious trouble. Read more in our Parent & Family Guide, or see the Health & Safety FAQ.
We'd love to speak with you! You can contact us from 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday by calling 303-492-7741 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in Boulder you are also welcome to come by during business hours to meet with an education abroad advisor in person.
Estudiar en el extranjero es la búsqueda emocionante para oportunidades educativas en otro país. Los estudiantes pueden estudiar en el extranjero durante el verano, por un semestre, o un año y pueden recibir crédito para su especialidad en CU Boulder. Hay muchos formatos de programas, y se puede leer sobre estos formatos acá.
Hay muchas razones:
- Su hijo/a va a recibir crédito para su especialidad, va a aprender habilidades para una carrera en el futuro, podría poner una experiencia impresionante en su hoja de vida, va a aprender un nuevo lenguaje o continuar el estudio de uno, va a experimentar una manera nueva de vivir y aprender, y va a salir afuera de su zona de confort.
- El estudio en el extranjero es una experiencia transformacional para los estudiantes. La mayoría de los estudiantes siente que el estudio en el extranjero cambia su vida, les da una dirección significativa en su vida, y abre puertas para oportunidades futuras y éxitos que los estudiantes nunca sabían eran posibles. Por ejemplo, un estudio mostró que los estudiantes que estudian en el extranjero tienen una potencial de ingresos más grande que los estudiantes que no estudian en el extranjero.
- “Hemos visto un gran crecimiento personal en nuestra hija como un resultado de su estudio en el extranjero en Italia. Sus estudios y experiencias le permitieron dominar el lenguaje italiano y desarrollar su pasión por la cultura y el estilo de la vida europea. La experiencia ha sido inestimable para su educación universitaria.” – un padre de un estudiante de Boulder que estudió en el extranjero.
En la universidad de Colorado-Boulder, aproximadamente 25% de los estudiantes que entran la universidad en su primer año y se gradúan, estudian en el extranjero. La universidad espera aumentar este número a causa de su programa, Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, que va a poner una gran prioridad en las experiencias internacionales. En los EE.UU, aproximadamente 5% de los estudiantes universitarios estudian en el extranjero.
El estudio en el extranjero no va a retrasar la graduación necesariamente. En realidad, un análisis reciente mostro que nuestros estudiantes que estudiaron en el extranjero se graduaron en el mismo periodo de tiempo como los que no lo hicieron. Su estudiante puede recibir crédito para su especialidad durante el estudio en el extranjero, que también incluye crédito para su minor, un certificado, core, y optativas. Idealmente, su estudiante va a planear su experiencia un año antes. Su estudiante debe trabajar con su asesora en adición a la oficina de programas de estudios en el extranjero.
Mientras que muchos estudiantes estudian durante su tercer año, lo que es mejor para cada estudiante varía. Hay programas que son abiertos a los estudiantes el verano después de su primer año, otros son abiertos a los estudiantes con crédito para estar en su segundo año, y unos requieren que se tiene crédito para estar en su tercer año.
Hay más de 330 programas para estudiar en el extranjero que son aprobados por CU Boulder. Entonces su estudiante tiene muchas opciones. Se anima a los estudiantes tener en cuenta unas cosas cuando están buscando un programa como los cursos que se ofrecen, el lugar, el tipo de programa, el costo, etc. La mayoría de los estudiantes van a encontrar un programa de CU Boulder que es perfecto. Generalmente nuestros programas son 1 de 3 categorías: proveedor de programas, seminarios mundiales dirigidos por la facultad académica, o intercambios.
Hay muchos beneficios de los programas de CU Boulder como la habilidad de usar ayuda financiera federal/institucional/del estado. (Mire "¿Qué servicios le ofrece la oficina para estudios en el extranjero a mi estudiante?” debajo.)
Si su estudiante no puede encontrar un programa con los requisitos necesarios, se puede considerar un programa no afiliada con CU Boulder. Sin embargo, si su estudiante estudia en un programa no afiliada con CU Boulder, tiene que aplicar para trasladar el crédito a CU Boulder y no estará elegible para recibir ayuda financiera federal/institucional/del estado. Por favor, lea más sobre CU Boulder vs. los programas no afiliados con CU Boulder acá.
El costo de estudiar en el extranjero depende en el programa. Algunos programas son similares (o algunas veces menos que) al costo de estudiar en Boulder, y otros son más caros. Se puede leer más en nuestra página de finanzas.
- Elija un programa que se ajuste a su presupuesto
- Considere un programa de intercambio
- Aplique a unas becas
- Use ayuda financiera federal/institucional/del estado (e.g. subvenciones Pell, subvenciones institucionales, préstamos Stafford, préstamos PLUS, etc.)
- Aplique a préstamos privados
Haga clic acá para mas informacion.
Si su estudiante está interesado en aprender más o está listo para empezar, debe atender Abroad 101 , una mini lectura de 30 minutos. En Abroad 101 los estudiantes aprenden sobre las razones de estudiar en el extranjero, las diferencias entre un programa de CU y uno no asociado con CU, los tipos de programas, las opciones de vivienda, crédito para su área de énfasis/para un minor, crédito de core para los artes y las ciencias, las notas, los requisitos de elegibilidad, el proceso de aplicarse, las últimas fechas de aplicarse, y la información de graduarse.
También, hay un resumen de los aspectos financieros del estudio en el extranjero, que incluye los costos y la ayuda financiera. Las preguntas son bienvenidas durante esta sesión. Los amigos y la familia pueden atender también. Se ofrece Abroad 101 varias veces cada semana. Se puede ver el horario acá.
Ud. tiene acceso a los siguientes recursos: "The Essential Guide to Education Abroad" (La guía esencial para el estudio en el extranjero), Program-Specific Handbooks (el manual para cada programa), y muchos otros recursos de nuestro sitio. También Ud. puede atender las siguientes orientaciones “requeridas” para los estudiantes salientes: la orientación general y la orientación especifica al programa. La única cosa que Ud. no puede ver sin una contraseña es la lista de todas las cosas que tiene que hacer el estudiante antes de ser aceptado a un programa. Se puede pedir su estudiante permiso a esta información si es necesario. Adicionalmente, si el estudiante va a estudiar en el extranjero con un proveedor de programa, los proveedores tendrán sus propios recursos también.
Ofrecemos una variedad de servicios a los estudiantes antes de, durante, y después de sus estudios en el extranjero. Unos ejemplos son:
- Damos asesoría y recursos para elegir el programa mejor para su estudiante
- Ayuda durante el proceso de aplicarse
- Una conexión con un gerente del programa quien es un experto en los detalles del programa especifica
- Recursos e información sobre el proceso de obtener un pasaporte y/o visa
- Ayuda con el proceso de trabajar con otras oficinas administrativas en CU Boulder
- Asesoría sobre las oportunidades de pagar para el estudio
- Información para contactar a los alumnos que han estudiado en el extranjero
- Registración continuado como un estudiante a tiempo completo en CU Boulder
- Orientaciones antes de salir y preparación para su programa
- Apoyo adicional durante el tiempo cuando el estudiante está afuera
- Una garantía que los cursos que tome su estudiante van a aparecer en la transcripción académica y van a contar para el área de énfasis académico (excepciones: si el estudiante ya tiene 45 créditos o más en un departamento académico o si es un sujeto para que CU Boulder no da crédito)
- Servicios para ex-alumos/as al regresar de estudiar en extranjero.
No es recomendable visitar a su estudiante durante el programa pero se puede hacerlo después del programa.
Por favor, hable con el programa porque en unos casos los visitantes no son admisibles durante todo el programa.
También, recomendamos que por lo mínimo un padre tenga un pasaporte valido durante el tiempo cuando su estudiante está afuera. (Eso sería crítico si su estudiante tiene una emergencia y Ud. quiere viajar para estar con él/ella).
Según las leyes federales de privacidad, hay alguna información que no podemos compartir sin la permisión escrita del estudiante. Sin embargo, tratamos de compartir tanta información como es posible en nuestro sitio de web. Se puede ver toda la información sobre los programas, se puede leer la información para los estudiantes salientes, se puede ver un ejemplo de un contrato, y mucho más. Nosotros les animamos a los estudiantes compartir toda la información que reciben con Uds.!
Tenemos que seguir las reglas de FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act), que limita la información que pueden acceder los padres sin la permisión del estudiante. Cuando tiene 18 años o cuando comienza a atender la universidad, los derechos de FERPA transfieren al estudiante. FERPA es una ley federal que fue creada para proteger la privacidad de expedientes educativos, para establecer los derechos de los estudiantes para investigar y resumir sus expedientes, y para dar reglas para la protección de información incorrecta y engañosa con audiencias formales e informales. Para más información, que incluye como su estudiante puede llenar la hoja para darle acceso, mire este enlace.
Un proveedor de un programa es una organización con la cual somos compañeros y ellos organizan los estudios en el extranjero. Unos ejemplos de proveedores son: Arcadia University, AustraLearn, CAPA, CIEE, ISA, IES, SIT, Syracuse University, University of Virginia, etc. Los proveedores tienen empleados en todos sus sitios para ayudar si hay una emergencia, para ayudar con el proceso de registrarse para las clases, coordinar la vivienda, dar apoyo a los estudiantes con sus necesidades académicas y personales y mucho más. Se puede usar los proveedores para obtener respuestas especificas al lugar como “en cual barrio están las familias que reciben estudiantes?” o “Como es la vida para un vegetariano en este programa?” No todos los programas tienen un proveedor. También tenemos intercambios y otros programas y los Global Seminars (los programas dirigidos por la facultad de CU Boulder).
La seguridad personal del estudiante cuando está estudiando en el extranjero es muy importante a los padres y a la oficina de educación internacional. Sabemos que es muy importante preparar los estudiantes antes de salir y por eso tenemos las orientaciones antes de la ida, folletos amplios de recursos, contacto con los proveedores del programa, empleados bien informados en el área. Durante el tiempo cuando su estudiante está afuera, él/ella va a tener acceso a los empleados para ayuda y va a tener nuestro número del teléfono para las emergencias las 24 horas cada día. Los empleados acá en la oficina de programas en el extranjero supervisan las actualizaciones sobre la salud y la seguridad en el mundo que son mencionados por el departamento del estado de los EE.UU. No aprobamos los programas que tienen un aviso de viajar por el departamento del estado. Aunque la mayoría de los viajes no tienen problemas, estar preparado es muy importante para evitar la posibilidad de peligro grave. Se puede leer más en nuestro Parent & Family Guide (guía para la familia y los amigos – el enlace está en la izquierda) o leer más información sobre la seguridad personal y salud acá: Health & Safety FAQ.
Queremos hablar con Ud. Se puede contactarnos entre 9 – 5 cada día el lunes hasta el viernes. Nuestro número del teléfono es 303-492-7741 y nuestro correo electrónico es email@example.com. Si está en Boulder, puede visitar a nuestra oficina y hablar con un asesor/a.