Study Abroad

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About SHSU's Study Abroad Programs

SHSU's Study Abroad Programs offer students the opportunity to engage in an educational and cultural learning experience. Students have the opportunity to study at one of our Exchange universities, on an Affiliated Transfer Credit program, or an SHSU Faculty-Led summer/winter term program.

While abroad, students should be able to earn credit hours toward their degree. In addition, students who meet the requirements, may be eligible to receive study abroad scholarships.

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Attend Study Abroad Fair or Study Abroad Information Session
  2. Meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator (and faculty leader if a faculty-led program)
  3. Complete the Course Equivalency Form to ensure your courses abroad will transfer to SHSU (not for faculty-led programs)
  4. Apply to your desired program
  5. Submit all the necessary SHSU Study Abroad documents
  6. Apply for your visa, register for courses at your university abroad, apply for housing, and book your travel.
  7. Register in the US Department of State SMART Traveler Program
    Depart!

Deadlines for applying for a Study Abroad Program

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Click HERE for helpful tips from returning Study Abroad students.


Helpful Links for All Study Abroad Students

  • Interested in gaining intercultural competency before your program (or improving it afterwards)?  Consider joining the Global Ambassadors Program which pairs domestic and international students for various organized activities throughout the semester. 
  • Visas - These are documents typically issued in your passport by a foreign government prior to departure from the US that authorize you to be in a given country over a specified period of time.  Most countries have varied processes for obtaining a visa, but travelers are often required to appear in person at the nearest Consulate/Embassy of the destination country, and to submit various identification documents in order to apply.  You cannot apply for a visa without first possessing a passport.  Adequate planning on your part is required to comply with all immigration laws of the host country!
  • Register in the SMART Traveler program through the U.S. State Department before departure, and check for any travel warnings to your destination country. 
    • *SHSU will not approve any student travel to locations currently under US Dept. of State Travel Warning or locations that come under Travel Warning at any point in the study abroad process, including after the student has departed the US.  Financial contingency plans should be made to compensate for any penalties incurred due to late program cancellation.  Check the status of your proposed location below.  No exceptions will be considered.

*PLEASE NOTE:

ALL study abroad students are charged a $200 study abroad service fee that is NOT included in the program fees. It is a separate charge and is in addition to the program fee.  This fee is only assessed after course registration and before departure.


Study Abroad Brochure

Information for Parents of Study Abroad Students

Staying Healthy Abroad

Travel Alerts

Traveling Abroad? Always Check for Travel Alerts and Warnings

Contact Us

Study Abroad

Malin Hilmersson
Study Abroad Coordinator

malin@shsu.edu   936.294.3276  F116E