Frequently Asked Questions
We are happy to answer your questions and help you select a Study Abroad program that meets your individual needs. Set up an appointment to meet us and discuss your options.
How do I decide if I am a candidate for Study Abroad?
Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the programs:
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 point scale) at the time of application.
- Be in sophomore, junior, or senior standing (PSEO students are not eligible).
- Demonstrate an ability to adjust to new cultural and living conditions.
Where do I get more information on Study Abroad Programs?
You can do this several ways:
- Come to the International Programs Office in Maxwell 105 and talk to any of our staff members
- E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Search WSU programs online
- Search Third Party Providers approved by Winona State University
- Search the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Website for hundreds of available programs
- Search for other programs through other local university websites. Be aware that not all programs are available for everyone, some programs have specific requirements. Please consult the specific requirements for each program you are interested in. This list is not exclusive: you may search other schools.
- Mankato State University http://www.mnsu.edu/studyabroad/
- St. Cloud State University http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/
- University of Wisconsin LaCrosse http://www.uwlax.edu/oie/sa/
- University of Wisconsin River Falls http://uwrf.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.Home
- University of Wisconsin Platteville http://www.uwplatt.edu/studyabroad/
- Check other helpful websites for information about schools and programs
What should I be looking for when searching for Study Abroad programs?
You need to review all the facts and figures.
- Pay close attention to the curriculum the program offers-does it fit into your WSU program or major.
- Ensure you pay close attention to costs of accommodation, tuition, application fees, cost of transfer of credit, and transportation to and from your program.
- Pay close attention to Application Deadlines.
- Make certain that the focus of the program you choose fits your needs and goals.
What do I need to do after I have narrowed my list of choices?
- Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how you will integrate your study abroad courses and experience into your overall WSU academic program.
- Meet with Registrar for preliminary review of courses for transfer of credit. You should check with the sponsoring institution to verify what the selection process and criteria are.
- WSU cannot guarantee your acceptance to or participation in any non-WSU program.
I’ve decided where I want to study, what’s next?
Be sure to fill out all application materials including the Non-WSU program application. (Some programs require recommendation letters and/or essays and/or a non-refundable application fee).
I’ve been accepted into a Study Abroad program what are my next steps?
You will be sent an acceptance letter with specific information pertaining to “next steps” for acceptance into our partner institution.
You will be contacted as to where and when a mandatory pre-departure meeting will be held. This meeting will give you a change to ask questions and get insights specific to your study abroad destination.
WSU does not have a program to the country I want to study abroad in, what do I do?
If WSU cannot fulfill your study abroad needs you can apply to a program offered through another university. Your status as a WSU student does not change if you go through another university's study abroad program. You want to go through the steps mentioned above. However, pay close attention to your credit transferability with the Registrar's office.
I found a program offered through another university, will my credits transfer to WSU?
Yes, your credits will be accepted; however, after your preliminary review of courses for transfer of credit, the registrar will not apply how credits will transfer until you have been accepted into the program. You must pick up the requisite forms from the International Programs office.
Can my Financial Aid (Grants and Student Loans) be used for Study Abroad?
Yes, you can apply your aid to your study abroad program. Also, your need for financial aid is greater when you study abroad so you may qualify for more student aid.