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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study abroad?Rome, Italy

The Big “3”:
  1. academic perspective
  2. personal development
  3. career enhancement
  • Become more mature and self-confident as you learn the skills to succeed in unfamiliar environments and enjoy adapting to new places.
  • Earn academic credit that will help you progress toward graduation while experiencing a new environment.
  • Get a once-in-a-lifetime international experience.
  • Understand how culture guides values and behaviors and learn to respect different cultures while gaining greater insight into your own culture.
  • Understand your academic major from an international perspective.
  • Practice intercultural competencies that enhance your career and social relationships.
  • Add a significant element to your resume that will make you more appealing to employers and graduate schools.
  • Enhance your personal and career opportunities with a second or third language.

Who can study abroad?


All college students are encouraged to study abroad! Regardless of your academic major or your career goals, studying abroad is relevant.

The minimum eligibility requirements are:
  • be in good standing (academic, disciplinary, financial)
  • earn and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before participating in study abroad
  • successfully complete at least two semesters of college-level coursework (a minimum of 24 credit hours) before participating in a program
What credit will I earn on study abroad?

For most programs you will earn transfer credit for all courses taken abroad. The exception is OCU faculty-led study tours for which OCU credit can be earned. Courses must be pre-approved to earn credit. From accredited institutions, academic credit should transfer the same as taking college courses at another institution in the U.S. and adding it to your degree requirements.

I've already earned 12 hours of transfer credit by taking courses in my home state over the summers. Am I allowed to study abroad?

Yes, students may earn up to 30 hours of approved study abroad credit in addition to the 12 hour limit set for domestic transfer credit following matriculation at OCU.

When should I study abroad?


The earliest students are eligible to study abroad is the Summer after two successful semesters on campus.It is common for students to study abroad during either Sophomore or Junior years. A student should plan to study abroad no later than first semester of the Senior year. In some instances, a student may petition to study abroad during their final semester at OCU.


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Where should I study abroad?

Your decision of “where” to study abroad should be based on several important questions.

Where can I take courses I can use toward my degree (general ed. requirements and/or major or minor)?
Am I more comfortable living in a major capitol city, a smaller city, or a rural environment?
Is it safe and/or practical to study in a country for which I do not speak the language fluently?
Where are the most affordable places to study abroad?

Look at Program Listing


How can I afford to study abroad?

Institutional policies on payment for study abroad

Students are encouraged to discuss financial aid and scholarship opportunities first with their study abroad advisor and, after a program has been selected, with their  financial aid advisor to learn more about alternative forms of financial support for study abroad.

Cost comparison of programs
Your study abroad advisor can help you understand how to compare the various Study Abroad options. Advertised program prices may provide a
comprehensive cost of participation figure. Typically international airfare, books, the cost of a visa and passport, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. Some programs include the cost of room and board while others do not.  Thus, it is critical that students “read the fine print” in promotions about Study Abroad programs and understand “What is Included” and “What is NOT Included” in an advertised program price.It is often the case that what is not listed in a program price can change the semester expenses significantly.Be sure to know what costs are commonly incurred during a Study Abroad program and ask specific questions of the program sponsor if the program budget items are not listed on the website or printed materials for a specific program.

Financial aid information

Do not assume that you are (or are not) eligible for financial aid.

Explore financial aid options. Whether you are currently eligible for financial aid at OCU or not. There are additional costs related to Study Abroad and alternative financial aid resources specifically for Study Abroad that may change your eligibility.

Financial aid sources come from:
  • federal student grants
  • federal student loans
  • private student loans
  • scholarships
  • program discounts
  • family and friends
  • many other sources

Scholarship information

See Financial Resources for details of a number of scholarship opportunities for studying abroad

Explore scholarship opportunities at:

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Oklahoma City University Study Abroad Programs