General FAQ

Yes!  There are many scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad with Georgia Tech.  Some scholarships are administered by OIE and others are adminitered by other departments on campus or external sources.  For a complete list of scholarship opportunities, click here.  If you have a specific question, you can even email scholarships@oie.gatech.edu to work with our scholarships advisor.  

If for some reason you cannot seem to find a GT program that works well for your academic and personal goals, you are welcome to participate on a non-GT program.  However, please know that it is a possibility that your scholarships, financial aid and credit earned may not travel with you or be brought back with you to GT.  To get more information on everything you need to consider before participating on a non-GT program, you should contact OIE to discuss your plan with the Non-GT Programs Advisor.  To schedule an appointment call 404-894-7475 or email study.abroad@gatech.edu.  You can also find more information here

Although graduate students can study abroad, many of the opportunities available to undergraduate students are unfortunately not available to graduate students.  The best way to search up to date study abroad opportunities for graduate students is to search Education Abroad's "Find a Program" page.  One of the filters can be set to search soley for opportunities available to graduate students.  

If GT graduate options abroad do not meet your specific needs, you may also try to find a program on your own.  Click here to read about other opportunities abroad.  Keep in mind that you must have the approval of your Graudate Program to transfer any credit back to your specific program if this is the route you choose. You might also want to consider working on an international academic project (IAP) if you don't see a study abroad option that fits your specific needs.  Regardless of the route you choose, make sure to discuss your plans with your graduate advisor because he/she is really the best person to talk to about opportunities abroad for your particular field of study.  

You may only participate in one study abroad program at a time. Additionally, you may not register for any class on campus in Atlanta, including online courses, during your study abroad semester.

 

Great news! If you are choosing to participate on a GT exchange program or FLSA program, the 36-hour rule does not apply to you! Studying abroad on a GT program is the same as studying in Atlanta as far as the 36-hour rule is concerned.  The 36-hour rule becomes a problem if you want to participate on a non-GT program during your final 36-hours.  This is because GT policy states, "No student may be considered a candidate for a degree unless the final 36 credit hours required for the degree are earned in residence at GT and approved by the major school (GT General Catalogue, p. 394, Section XIII. B)". Since credits earned on GT programs abroad are considered GT credit hours in residence, you can go abroad on GT Study Abroad Programs during your final 36 credit hours at GT.

 

Eligibity requirements differ between Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) Programs and Exchange Programs:

Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) Programs:  

  • All programs require that students are in good-academic standing in order to participate however some programs have set academic eligibility requirements higher than the minimum.  Therefore, please check with the particular program you are interested in applying for.  
  • All programs require that students have completed a minimum of two semesters on campus at GT (or at an equivalent insitution/university) before participating on a FLSA program however some programs have set additional eligibility requirements higher than the minimum.  Therefore, please check with the particular program you are interested in applying for.      
  • All programs require that students be at least 18 years of age.

Exchange Programs: 

  • Most exchange programs require a 3.0 GPA although some partner universities are willing to accept students with GPAs slightly lower than the minimum.  Please call 404-894-7475 or email study.abroad@gatech.edu to discuss your particular situation with an Exchange Advisor if your GPA is lower than a 3.0.
  • All exchange programs require students are in good disciplinary standing
  • All exchange programs require students have completed at least 2 semesters on campus at GT (or at an equivalent insitution/university) before participating 

The short answer is "Yes"!  Financial aid travels and therefore so can you!  What is considered financial aid?  Any funds that you receive via the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid are considered financial aid.  This includes but is not limited to the HOPE Scholarship, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, the Governor's Scholarship, the Robert Byrd Scholarship and the Pell Grant.  Therefore, as long as you remain eligible for that aid, then you should be able to receive your financial aid while abroad.  

For complete information on how to use financial aid when studying abroad with GT, click here. After familiarizing yourself with the basics, it is also a good idea to meet with an advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid so that your specific questions can be answered. 

Here at OIE we like to say, "no language, no problem!"  Although language skills are important and beneficial to have, they are not required for many programs.  For example, you can study abroad in Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Hungary, Japan, South Korea and Turkey without speaking the host language; all of your courses can be taught in English at the locations listed above and that list of options is not close to complete.  To see all of the places you can study around the world and have your courses taught in English, go to our Find a Program page and use the "Language of Instruction" filter to select "English" to see what al of your options abroad are. 

The process to apply for a Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) Program and an Exchange Program is slightly different. Therefore, make sure to read all instructions very carefully for the particular type of program you are applying for.  Access to the instructions as well as the actual online application can be found here

Studying abroad does not have to be expensive. The cost of overseas programs varies widely depending on the program length, the services provided by the program, the amount of travel included, the cost of living in the host country, and a variety of other factors.  Information on cost is included in the description of each program. You can also check out our cost comparison tool to see how one opportunity abroad financially compares to other options abroad as well as to a semester in Atlanta (see below for how to find it):

Most Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) Programs do not have a specific GPA requirement other than requiring students to be in good academic standing.  However, some programs, such as Georgia Tech Lorraine, do have minimum GPA requirements.  Therefore, it is important for students to look on the individual programs' website to see if a higher GPA requirement exists. 

Exchange programs require students to have a minimum 3.0 GPA although some of GT's Exchange partners can be flexible about the GPA requirement.  So, if your GPA is just under a 3.0 (i.e. 2.9 or 2.8), and you would like to participate, you should talk to an Exchange Advisor about your situation.  Call 404-894-7475 or email study.abroad@gatech.edu to see what your options are.

The Office of International Education (OIE) offers more than 90 exchange programs and 30 faculty-led programs (FLSA), sending 1,600+ students abroad every year.  Some exchange and FLSA programs are major-specific and others are open to all.  Some require a foreign language and others don't.  To see a complete list of all that GT has to offer, click here.