Study Abroad Planning FAQs

This page has been designed especially for Puget Sound students who are interested in studying abroad. Listed below are common questions that many applicants have. If you have additional questions or would like more information about the study abroad programs offered at University of Puget Sound, please contact the Office of International Programs.

  1. When should I study abroad?
  2. Can I study at any college in the world and transfer the credits I earn to Puget Sound?
  3. Does it cost more to study abroad?
  4. Can I use financial aid for study abroad?
  5. Are there options to study abroad for a full year?
  6. How long does the application process take?
  7. Will the classes I take during study abroad count toward my graduation requirements at Puget Sound?
  8. Do I need to maintain a certain GPA in order to study abroad?
  9. When will I be notified if I’ve been accepted for study abroad?
  10. How can I get in touch with students who have already participated in the study abroad program I’m considering?
  11. Where can I apply for a passport?

 

 1. I know I want to study abroad during my junior year. How early can I apply?

 Most Puget Sound students study abroad during their junior year. You can go abroad for a summer, semester, or full year.

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 2. Can I study at any college in the world and transfer the credits I earn to Puget Sound?

In order to receive credit here at Puget Sound, students must chose a program from the approved program list.  Programs are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change. 

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 3. Does it cost more to study abroad?

Regardless of the program, Puget Sound students are charged Puget Sound tuition, Puget Sound housing, and the government fee. If the program includes meals (all or partial board plan), the student will also be charged the Puget Sound meal rate or a portion of the meal rate.

Students who study abroad during summer pay program costs plus a $500 administrative fee to the university.

In most cases students do have additional costs related to study abroad, which may include books, airfare, local transportation, passport and visa fees, medical insurance, inoculations,  security deposit if applicable, and any other personal expenses.

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 4. Can I use financial aid for study abroad?

 Students who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and demonstrate financial need may use, in conjunction with federal and state aid, their Puget Sound scholarships and grants up to their level of financial need.  Students who do not complete the FAFSA or do not demonstrate financial need are not eligible for Puget Sound scholarships during their semester abroad. Please consult with Student Financial Services to determine the amount of your Puget Sound scholarships and grants that can be applied to study abroad.

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 5. Are there options to study abroad for a full year?

Yes, many programs have a full year option. Some Puget Sound programs are designed as full year programs only (such as the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program, and programs in Munich and Passau) and others have an option of a semester or full year. The online listing of Puget Sound study abroad programs indicates which programs offer full year options.  See the program list. In addition, the university is unique in offering a year-long Pacific Rim study tour which runs once every three years.  See the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program website.

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 6. How long does the application take?

We have extremely early deadlines at Puget Sound. You will want to start thinking about study abroad the year before you want to go (i.e. if you plan to go abroad junior year, you need to get started on the process during the fall of your sophomore year). Please see the deadlines

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 7. Will the classes I take during study abroad count toward my graduation requirements at Puget Sound?

As part of the study abroad application process, the Registrar’s Transfer Evaluator will determine how your courses abroad will transfer to your degree requirements.  Students can receive elective credit and may be able to receive credit toward major, minor or other degree requirements.

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 8. Do I need to maintain a certain GPA in order to study abroad?

The university requires applicants to meet the GPA requirement for the study abroad program in which they are participating.  Many providers require a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher.

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 9. When will I be notified if I’ve been accepted for study abroad?

Puget Sound Application: usually within a week or so. It is best to turn in this application as early as possible.

Program Specific Application: students usually hear back from the program admissions comittee a few weeks after the program deadline for applications.

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 10. How can I get in touch with students who have already participated in the study abroad program I’m considering?

The Office of International Programs maintains a library of questionnaires completed by returning study abroad students and holds interest meetings during the semester for students interested in studying abroad.  Many of our program providers also have alumni contacts.

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 11. Where can I apply for a passport?

Information on obtaining a new passport is available on the U.S .Department of State Web site: www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

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