Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to study abroad will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding experiences of your academic career. The process may be at times confusing or frustrating, but we are here to help you!

Study Abroad FAQ

The better question is, “Why not?” Spending time abroad will expose you to different viewpoints, cultures, languages and customs. It will help you see your own experience from a new perspective. Students typically return home feeling more independent and having more confidence. You can earn credit towards graduation. Experience your chosen field from a very different perspective. Have fun! Studying abroad often helps students to develop skills such as flexibility, creativity, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and other qualities that help you shine in job interviews and graduate school applications. Meet with Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) as soon as possible to examine all your study abroad options!
The sooner, the better! When you start early, you will have more time to research and find a program that suits your personal and academic needs. You will have more time to decide what type of experience you are looking for in terms of location, immersion, duration, and cost. You will have more time to save money. It is best to start planning at least one year and no later than one semester before you actually want to depart. Pay attention to application deadlines and apply once you have decided on your program (they can fill up quickly!).

There are many ways to study abroad. Embry-Riddle Prescott offers a variety of study abroad models.

Faculty-led Study Abroad (FLSA): Typically, these are programs offered for 2 to 6 weeks in the summer. Prescott students are welcome to go on Daytona Beach or Worldwide FLSA programs. Occasionally a Prescott faculty member will offer a spring or fall semester long on campus course with required travel over winter or summer break.

Exchange Programs: ERAU Prescott has exchange agreements with certain universities abroad. Students are welcome to research these destinations for a semester or year.

Provider Programs: Multiple organizations exist to provide study abroad opportunities for the summer, semester, or academic year

Direct Enroll: Students can directly enroll at many international universities for a semester or year.

Study abroad programs are available during the semester, academic year, summer, winter break and spring break. Programs are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. There is a policy that requires students to do their last 30 hours on campus. However, students have been able to get a waiver of this policy. The best thing to do is to go over your plan of study with your academic or faculty advisor to figure out the best time for you to study abroad.

In Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, or Europe. Pretty much anywhere in the world! Students can typically NOT study abroad in countries with a level 4 travel warning by the Department of State or level 3 travel warning by the CDC.

Studying abroad does not have to hinder your ability to graduate on time. Work with your academic advisors, Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE), and the Records Office to make sure the classes you want to take will transfer back and count towards graduation. There are students who choose to study abroad more for the experience than the credits. This can push graduation off, but this is a choice made by the student.

Individual program costs vary, but studying abroad does not have to be prohibitively expensive. The cost is dependent on so many variables!

ERAU FLSA programs: Students are advised to budget between $10,000 and $13,000. This should cover all costs including tuition, international travel, program fee, and meals not included in the program fee. Tuition for faculty led programs is charged at 50% of regular semester tuition. The program fee includes all lodging, in country travel, some meals, entrance fees for required field trips, international health insurance, a 15% administration fee, all faculty costs. The program fee is dependent on the length, destination, number of students and faculty on the program. Students are typically responsible for their own airfare and travel to the program destination. Some programs require the students travel as a group and the cost of airfare is included in the fees.

Exchange Programs: Students pay ERAU tuition. Other costs include airfare, student visas, room and board in country. Because you are paying ERAU tuition, you can use federal and institutional aid to cover this cost.

Provider Programs: Students pay the provider directly for their programs.

Please visit the ERAU Financial Aid to speak with them about aid for study abroad! Federal Aid travels with you. If you get federal financial aid to attend ERAU, you can use it to study abroad. If you receive ERAU institutional aid, you can use this to cover tuition costs on an exchange programs.
Yes! There are many study abroad scholarships available! There are nationally competitive scholarships (Gilman, Fund for Education Abroad, Boren) that can be used on any study abroad program. There are scholarship programs, meaning if you get the scholarships you go on their program (Critical Language Scholarship, Boren, William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship, CBYX, DAAD, UAS7, Project GO). ERAU-Prescott offers limited scholarships for study abroad. Most provider programs offer their own in house scholarships. Each scholarship has its own eligibility and selection requirements. Please read through their website to learn if you are eligible to apply. There are many options! Please contact SAGE with any questions about study abroad scholarships.

Most study abroad programs do have GPA requirements. The GPA requirement will vary depending on the program however many programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

No. Most programs are offered in English and incorporate a wide variety of disciplines. Visit SAGE to learn more about the wide variety of study abroad programs.

That will depend on the type of study abroad program you go on. If you go with an ERAU faculty led program you will typically enroll in ERAU classes and receive ERAU credit. If you go on an exchange program or with a provider, you will receive transfer credit. For these programs, you must complete a study abroad petition form and get approval for the classes you hope to take abroad. Work with SAGE, the Records Office, and your Academic Advisor for approval.
Students who will be taking courses at foreign universities and on provider programs will need to get their courses and credits approved by ERAU prior to departure on the program. Work with SAGE, the Records Office, and your Academic Advisor to complete the study abroad petition form. You will need to submit the course descriptions of all the classes you want to take abroad with the petition form.

The visa requirements for countries differ and depends on what passport you will be travelling on, and for how long you will be abroad. If a student requires a visa for their study abroad program, SAGE and or the provider will help you with the process.

Contact SAGE as soon as possible. Be aware of program cancellation policies.

Yes, you can chose to travel before or after the program. Students can normally travel during their program, as well. However, each program will have specific details. If you have questions about traveling during the program, speak with the program coordinator.

Contact SAGE with all your study abroad questions.

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Kelly O'Brien, Ed.D.
Director Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)