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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get started? What’s my first step?

The first step is to complete NSU Spartans Abroad 101. This step is recommended, but not required, to ensure that you have your study abroad basics down-packed. After completing the NSU Spartans Abroad 101, you should schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.  Advisors are assigned based on destinations, but even if you don’t know yet where you will study, you can still meet with an Advisor. You also must speak with your Academic Advisor about your plans to study abroad to determine coursework and a timeline for your study abroad experience.

What is the current status of travel at NSU?

Currently study abroad programs to U.S. Department of State Level 1 and 2 countries are permitted. Requests from students interested in participating in study abroad programs in U.S. Department of State Level 3 and 4 countries for whom education abroad is deemed essential to fulfilling academic degree requirements and/or whose participation is sponsored by nationally-competitive awards will be considered by petition to the International Travel Advisory Council. A final decision will be made by the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Students should work with GLIP to petition and register their travel if approved. 

When should I start planning?

Now! The sooner the better. Starting the planning process earlier gives you more time to explore programs, costs, scholarships, locations, and deadlines. Planning a year ahead is ideal.

When should I study abroad?

When planning the best time to go abroad, you should consider your degree plan and your goals for your time abroad. Some majors are flexible on timing, while others will encourage you to study abroad in a specific term or year. You should work with your Academic and Study Abroad Advisors to determine the best timing for your individual situation. NSU offers study abroad programs lasting as long as a full academic year, or as short as during summer, spring or winter break.

What are the requirements to study abroad? What are my chances of being accepted?

While every programs’ specific requirements will vary, students should be degree-seeking and in good academic standing.

Rate of acceptance also varies depending on program type. Most programs are not competitive for admission unless there are a limited number of spots, such as with semester exchanges and popular faculty-led programs. To find out more about the admissions requirements for specific programs, talk with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Where will I live when I go abroad?

Housing varies depending on the experience that you are looking for! Some programs offer homestays, where you have the opportunity to live with a host family, while other programs offer on-campus dorms and apartments or other off-campus options. Some short-term programs house students in hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts. 

If I do not speak a foreign language, where should I study abroad?

Foreign language competency is not required to go abroad. Many programs in non-English-speaking locations will offer academic coursework, even internships, in English. And of course, there are many study abroad programs in English-speaking countries, if that’s your preference.

I receive accommodations for a disability - can I study abroad?

NSU strives to make study abroad accessible to all students. Planning in advance is an important part of the process to ensure that programs abroad can accommodate students’ individual needs. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Office of Accessibility Services in conjunction with the Study Abroad office in the planning process.

I am on a military scholarship/contracted with the military (ROTC, reserves, etc.) - can I go abroad?

NSU strives to make study abroad accessible to all students. Planning in advance is an important part of the process to ensure that your programs aligns with individual situation and any VA requirements. Many students using VA benefits have successfully gone abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Military Support Services Office in conjunction with the Study Abroad office in the planning process.

I am a transfer student - do I still have time to study abroad?

Definitely! We understand that every student’s academic path is unique and timelines look different for every student. Speak with your Academic Advisor as soon as possible about your interest in studying abroad.  You might be able to fit in a semester abroad, but should also consider looking at short-term options during summer, winter, or spring break.

I am an international student - can I study abroad?

Yes! Remember that it will be important to investigate the visa requirements for the country in which you want to study as your requirements may differ from those of US citizens. You will also need to have a valid travel signature from NSU International Student Services on your I-20 before departure and ensure that you maintain your enrollment at NSU during your time abroad.

More questions?

Contact the NSU Office of Global Learning at at or 757-451-7757. 

Schedule a Study Abroad Advising Appointment