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CU-Boulder Programs vs. Non-Approved Programs


CU-Boulder Programs

Non-Approved Programs



The study abroad advisors are available from 9:00am-5:00pm (4:30pm in the summer) M-F on a walk-in basis.

Students can call or email the program with questions.  

Application process

The application process is easy and convenient.  Students can go over the application pieces with a study abroad advisor.

Students need to contact the program directly if they have questions about the application process. 


Students earn CU-Boulder "in residence" credit; not transfer credit.  Credits earned abroad can be applied  for core and/or major requirements with prior approval from your academic advisor.

Students may be able to earn transfer credit for a non-approved program but, there are no guarantees.  Consult "Applying to Non-Approved Study Abroad programs" for more details.

Financial aid &

Financial aid and CU-Boulder scholarships can be applied to the program fee. Special scholarships are available for CU-Boulder program participants!

No financial aid from CU-Boulder can be applied for non-approved programs. Students can contact the program about scholarships.

On-site support

Program on-site staff and university contacts are familiar with CU-Boulder regulations & procedures.  

On-site support is usually not familiar with CU-Boulder regulations & procedures.

orientations in Boulder

All CU-Boulder programs will have a pre-departure orientation on campus before the start of the program.  

Not available.

Program alumni

Peer advising and former student evaluations are available in the study abroad office.  Program alumni also participate in pre-departure orientations and students can contact them directly with any questions.  

Students need to contact the program directly to request evaluations and a list of program alumni.

Program offerings We offer a wide variety of program sites and program models.   There is a wide variety of program site and program models.