Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. When should I study abroad?

There is no one-size-fits all answer for when to study abroad. However, most undergraduate students across the U.S. tend to study abroad between their second and third year. We recommend that students have a major declared and a clearly identified degree plan in place before selecting a study abroad program. 

2. How long does it take to plan for studying abroad?

The sooner a student can start on their plans for studying abroad, the better. As there are a lot of factors that may effect a student's ability to study abroad, students should start planning a year or more in advance. Students should refer to the Steps to Study Abroad information to learn more about specific steps and topics to consider. Below is the recommended timeline to help with planning. 

1 year in Advance:

  • Complete Step 1, 2, & 3
  • Apply for Passport, or renew if expiring soon
  • Prepare for steps 4 & 5 

6 months to 9 months in Advance:

  • Complete Step 4 & 5
  • Apply for financial aid, scholarships, UG research, etc.
  • Start Step 6 if possible
  • Research visa requirements
  • Research flights (Purchase flights only when you have been officially accepted for your program.)
  • Schedule health/dental check-up 

3-6 months prior to departure

  • Complete Step 6
  • Attend Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Make final preparations for departure
  • Get final health/dental check-up
  • Make sure all necessary materials/documents have been completed for your program 

1-2 months prior to departure

  • Ensure all necessary paperwork or travel documents have been secured
  • Obtain all emergency/contact information for your program/host institution
  • Notify banking institution, credit card companies, landlord of travel plans
  • Review arrival plans (Airport Pick-Up, Address/contact for accommodations, etc.)

3.  Do I need to learn another language?

Not necessarily. Most study abroad programs offer courses taught in English. However, some locations may have language restrictions based on the host university's language requirements. Knowing the host language will help student's navigate life abroad easier. 

4. Can I get credit while abroad? 

Yes. Students must get course approvals for their study abroad programs before their departure. Approval is granted by the specific Academic Departments and Colleges. Students going on faculty-led programs do not need to obtain additional approval; however, students participating on exchange and provider programs will need to complete the course approval form for all courses they will attempt while overseas. 

5. Is study abroad expensive?

Yes and No. Depending on the program and the location of study, study abroad programs can be more expensive or comparable to studying at TAMU-CC. Provider programs, generally, are more expensive; however, they do include more program amenities. Exchange and Faculty-led programs can be more comparable, with regards to tuition, because students are assessed TAMU-CC tuition while abroad. Out-of-state students may find that studying abroad may be a more affordable option. 

6. Where can I study abroad? 

Basically, anywhere that we have a program to. It depends on your preferences. With the program options that we have available, students can study in over 100 cities in over 40 different countries.