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Education Abroad

***For those interested in Education Abroad (previously known as Study Abroad), please accept our apologies as we are updating our program information. Thank you for your patience in this time of flux.  

Education Abroad . . . Where do I begin?

Finding the right program can be a little overwhelming! With so many options you might wonder how you will ever choose. Consider the following when looking for an education abroad program:

What programs does BSU offer?

Often utilizing the education abroad programs from your own university can be more convenient and less costly because  you will usually pay your regular tuition and fees. Check out our University Sponsored Programs to see if one fulfills your educational and travel goals. If not, then move onto looking at our Exchange Programs, and programs offered from other universities and agencies. 

What are the minimum requirements for participating in an education abroad program?

BSU requires that all students on exchange programs have a least a 2.5 GPA, be a sophomore at the time of their exchange and enroll for the 3-credit online class, INTL 1130, "Education Abroad Basics"* the semester PRIOR to their exchange experience. (While abroad, students take the 1-3 credit online course INTL 2100, "Instructed International Tour.") Therefore, it is important that you allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You should begin preparing for your exchange a year before you plan to go. Please note that some of our exchange partners may require a different/higher GPA/academic standing than those from BSU.

*The main subject of this course is to make students aware of key ideas, values and attitudes in different countries and cultures. The primary goals of the course are to highlight cultural differences, prepare for possible culture shock they may experience when they travel abroad, provide students with basic information on legal aspects of visiting a foreign country, how to behave in a foreign country, and what to do in emergency situations. During the course, the students will learn to get acquainted with the concepts of culture shock and cultural relativism, and learn about the cultures that they will be engrossed in throughout their exchange program.

Where do I want to study? In what language do I want to study? What subjects do I want to focus on?

If you have a specific country you want to visit, visit our Programs by Country page to see available programs. Also visit or, both offer program searches by country, language, and subject. Also don't rule out a country solely because the native language is not English. Some countries offer classes taught in English.

How much do I want to spend?

The cost of education abroad programs can vary greatly, so shop around. Don't forget to consider extra expenses such as housing, food, insurance, transportation, etc. One program may appear less costly than another, though it may not be once you factor in  additional expenses. Try comparing the cost to what you would have spent at home on food, rent, bills, transportation, etc. The costs of studying abroad won't seem as overwhelming when you compare the costs to what you would normally spend at home.

When do I want to go?

Are you looking for a summer, a semester, or a year long education abroad experience? Do you want to leave in the spring or fall? Don't forget, fall semester here is spring in the Southern hemisphere. 

Do I need credits towards graduation?

Are you studying abroad to gain credits toward graduation or because you are looking for an extended stay abroad? If you don't need academic credits, you may want to consider working, volunteering, interning or teaching abroad. 

Considerations Before You Go

  • Talk to your advisor about degree requirements and which classes will count toward graduation.
  • Read up on the history and culture of your future host country. You will experience culture shock, but having some knowledge of the country beforehand will lessen the effects.
  • Research health and safety information. Some countries require inoculations such as Hepatitis A, that require multiple vaccinations.
  • Apply for scholarships available for education abroad, especially in Asia and other "non-traditional" locations. However, it may take a lot of research and some have early deadlines. Check to see if on-campus financial aid and scholarships can be used towards education abroad. You can get started by checking out goabroad's scholarship information.