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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be fluent in a foreign language to study abroad?

The International Education Center encourages all students to study foreign languages abroad; however, fluency in a foreign language is not required for many programs. In fact, there are several programs that offer courses completely in English.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

The program costs for study abroad vary depending on the length of the program, who is offering the program and where you are going. Exchange programs allow Radford University students to pay regular Radford tuition and study overseas without paying tuition at the host institution! Affiliate programs charge a fee that usually includes at least tuition and housing. Faculty-led programs vary in costs. Look into potential programs to find out the exact costs.

What is the application process?

Each student must receive university approval to study abroad; there is a short online application to complete. The International Education Center will confirm students' GPAs and check student conduct records. Students in faculty-led wintermester, summer, and spring break programs will have these applications forwarded to the Radford University faculty director, while students enrolled in semester programs will proceed to that program's application upon receiving approval.

What are the qualifications to study abroad?

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to study abroad. Students should note that some programs require a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students also need to be in good standing with all university offices.

How do I know which courses to take while studying abroad?

Students interested in a semester- or year-long study abroad program should meet with their academic advisor to determine which courses to take when applying for a study abroad proram. A course approval form containing planned courses and departmental signatures for course equivalencies are due prior to departing for all affiliate and exchange programs. Stop by Cook Hall 108 for more information.

Will the credits I take transfer back to Radford?

Yes! Whatever type of study abroad experience you choose, the credits will transfer back to Radford! Students should note that for affiliate programs, there is a $25 per credit hour fee to transfer credits. Credits may transfer as elective, core or major courses. Credit is applied upon receipt of transcripts showing successful completion of course work. Courses taught by RU faculty receive graded credit; other courses receive transfer credit.

How can I apply for financial aid?

Students interested in participating in a study abroad program need to contact the Financial Aid Office for information about loans and other means of financial assistance. There is a January 15 deadline for summer programs.

Are scholarships available?

For a complete list of scholarships, visit our offices in Cook Hall 108.