• Study Abroad

    The University of Charleston believes in the power of global education. UC students have access to study abroad regardless of program of study, economic means, or foreign language ability.

    Expand your horizons by studying abroad during your time as a UC student! Spending a semester outside the US can be one of the most empowering, transformative, and enlightening experiences of a lifetime.Take college classes in a different country and gain intercultural experience while completing University of Charleston degree requirements.

    Programs are available in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia and cater to a wide variety of majors. Don't speak a foreign language? Don't worry!

    • Ways to Study Abroad

      Classes/Experiences Sponsored by UC

      Over the past several years, the University of Charleston has offered spring break and summer experiences in China, Brazil, France, Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Check your e-mail and be on the look-out around campus for announcements about these opportunities.

      KEI Abroad

      UC partners with an organization called Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI http://keiabroad.org) to offer study abroad locations in 20 destinations and a variety of majors around the world. KEI provides comprehensive programs that integrate courses, internships and cultural interaction. Students can complete major-specific and elective requirements, gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of the world through cultural and social immersion.

      Want to find out more? Check out the “Ten Step Checklist” below.

    • Ten Step Study Abroad Checklist
      1. Make an appointment to visit the Director of International Programs in GSU 308, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. Make a list of questions to ask before the meeting. What region of the world interests you the most? What language would you like to learn?
      2. Visit the KEI website (http://keiabroad.org) and click “search programs by academic and professional discipline.” Under “Program finder” select your major and the term that you have in mind. You’ll be able to see which locations offer your major in the timeframe you picked. If you have questions about specific programs, e-mail KEI to speak with an advisor at info@KEIabroad.org.
      3. Plan your budget and save or raise money accordingly. You’ll be able to see information about program costs and what’s included on the KEI website. Note: federal and state financial aid can be applied to study abroad, but unfortunately UC scholarships cannot be used towards study abroad.
      4. Select a program with courses that will transfer back to UC. After you have selected a program location on the KEI website, click on the “academics” tab to view available course offerings and download syllabi. Compare the course offerings with your UC program map to see if there are any matches. Be sure to consult your academic advisor at UC if you have questions about specific courses.
      5. Apply to the KEI program. The link to the application is on the KEI website. You are responsible for paying the application fee and the deposit directly to KEI.
      6. Apply for scholarships. Research study abroad scholarships on your own, paying special attention to the Gilman Scholarship (http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program) and the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships (http://fundforeducationabroad.org).
      7. Apply for a passport (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply.html). Check with your advisor at KEI to find out if you will need to obtain a visa.
      8. To make sure that credit from your KEI study abroad program transfers, meet with your academic advisor at UC to fill out the Transient Student Permit form. You can get this form from the Student Solutions Office. After you and your advisor have completed and signed this form, return it to the UC Registrar.
      9. When you have been accepted to the program, KEI will send you an Admissions notice, Pre-departure Guide, a Medical Review Form, an Agreement and Release, a Transcript Request Form*, and an Invoice. Note: you will not pay KEI directly for the program. Your bill will still come from UC, but the charges will reflect only the KEI program costs and a UC study abroad administrative fee. *On the Transcript Request form, make sure you have your transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar, 2300 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304. Request that your transcripts be issued by the KEI University of Record or Co-Sponsor University.
      10. Share the invoice with the Director of International Programs and the Financial Aid Office. The Director of International Programs will coordinate the adjustments made to your UC bill to reflect KEI program costs; not UC tuition and fees. The Financial Aid Office will adjust your Federal Financial Aid awards to reflect the difference in cost, if applicable.

       

      This is a multi-departmental process that may seem like a lot of work, and it is. But the end-result is worth it – time spent abroad is one of the most incredible investments that you will ever make in your education and yourself as a whole, and UC is here to help you along the way.

       
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