Frequently Asked Questions

Submit an inquiry or email us to set up an appointment. We will look for a program that best matches your academic and personal needs.

Visit our program page to look at the Park approved programs. If you would like to connect with study abroad alumni, the study abroad office can help you make the connections. However, the decision is only YOURS. Here are some questions to help you narrow down your options.

Yes, once you settled on a program, the study abroad office will prepare a budget with all your expenses. The financial aid office will evaluate it and tell you how current aid can be applied to your program abroad. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more.

Yes, visit our scholarship page to learn more.

Yes, it is important that from the beginning you are in touch with your success coach/advisor/campus center director. Connect with them to learn what courses you have left to take and based on this you can start selecting a program.

The credits will show on your transcript as Park credits. All courses will need to be pre-approved by Park Faculty prior to departure. This step is completed after your placement is confirmed.

Housing varies based on the program selected. Generally, our short term programs housing is hotel stay. The summer and semester programs will vary from homestays, to off campus apartments to student dormitories.

Again this will vary based on the program selected. But most of our partner institutions will assist exchange students with securing accommodations.

YES. If you don’t have a passport yet, please apply for one NOW. If you have a passport, check its validity. It should be valid 6 months AFTER your return date to the USA.

A visa is a document issued by your host country that gives you permission to enter and study there for a period of time. Generally, students going abroad for more than 4 months will need to apply for a student visa. Some countries will require a visa even if the program is short term (less than 1 week).

Yes! A successful study abroad program is one that balances the academics + the friendships and travel.

Read, read, read. Ask questions and more questions. The better prepared you are the easier your transition will be. The study abroad office can help you connect with Park Study Abroad Alumni. Another good resource is this questions to help you narrow down your options

Academics

  • How does study abroad fit into your personal or academic plans?
  • Do you need to complete major, minor, elective, or language credits?  Be sure to discuss your study abroad program with your Advisor.
  • Is there a particular area of study that you would like to focus on while abroad?
  • Do you want to study abroad for a year, semester, summer, or participate in a program led by Park Faculty?
  • Do you want a very independent experience while taking classes at a local university with locals or other international students in the classroom?
  • Would you prefer a program in which you are with mainly American students? Or would you like to participate in a program in which you get the chance to completely immerse into the culture?
  • During your time abroad, do you prefer to have unstructured time and freely use your time outside of the classroom? Or would you prefer to participate in a program in which time is structured and there is constant programming going on?

Location

  • Have you been out of the country?
  • Do you have a specific culture, region, or country of interest?
  • Would you prefer a traveling program with multiple destinations?
  • Would you prefer to live in a major metropolitan area, a small city, or a rural area?
  • Will you feel comfortable traveling on your own? Or do you prefer to be with other Park students?

Timing

  • How long do you want to be abroad?– a couple weeks, an entire summer, a semester, an academic year, or a calendar year?
  • When would be the best semester to study abroad for you? (fall/spring/summer) Why?
  • When would be the best year for you (sophomore, junior, senior)?
  • How much flexibility do you have for when you can study abroad? Can you only study abroad during a specific term?

Housing

  • What kind of living arrangements do you prefer? (single dorm, shared dorm with roommate(s), apartment, host-family, off-campus apartment, on-campus)
  • Would you prefer to live with a host family, with local students, with other U.S. and international study abroad students, or with other Park students?

Finances/Cost

  • Do you have financial restraints?
  • Can your current scholarships, grants or tuition waivers be used during a study abroad program?
  • Have you brainstormed community-based funding ideas?

Eligibility

  • Do you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for study abroad and the admission requirements for your selected study abroad program?

Identity

  • Are my potential locations a good match for my identity? Have more questions about this? Talk to the Study Abroad Office.
  • What are some myths or rumors you have heard about study abroad? Have you researched this or talked to people with experience?

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