Study Abroad FAQ

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Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Read answers to frequently asked questions about studying abroad below.

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At UD we offer a variety of study abroad programs to meet your needs and priorities. The vast majority of UD students go abroad for just four or five weeks during UD's Winter Session or Summer Session. If you'd like to spend a semester or academic year overseas, there are also many options available for you. In fact, you can combine programs and stay for even longer.

This table provides a snapshot of the different kinds of Study Abroad programs. 








Fall 3 - 4 months 12 - 18  UD Credits
U.S. & UD students Taught by faculty at the host institution English or Local Language Yes
Winter 3 - 5 weeks 3 - 7 UD Credits UD students Most taught by UD faculty English or Local Language Yes
Spring 3 months 12 - 18 UD Credits U.S., UD & local students Taught by faculty at the host institution English or Local Language Yes
Summer 3 to 5 weeks 3 - 7 UD Credits UD students Taught by UD faculty English or Local Language Yes
Exchange 3 - 11 months Variable number of transfer credits Local students Taught by faculty at the host institution English or Local Language No


UD’s study abroad programs do not include airfare in the program fee and students are responsible for booking their own flights. However, upon acceptance to your program, you will receive detailed instructions about a group reservation arranged with a travel agency, a recommended flight to your destination or a recommended arrival date. Most students travel on one of these options.

CGPS offers many programs that are taught in English. However, if you already speak another language or would like to learn one, studying abroad is one of the best ways to improve your fluency. We offer many programs that teach foreign language courses abroad -- from the beginner level to advanced.

UD tuition for study abroad is the same as tuition for on-campus study. Differential charges do not apply. In addition, you will pay a program fee. The program fee varies by location, length and design, but may include: housing, dining, international health insurance, in-country excursions and in-country transportation. When you go abroad, you are not responsible to pay extra for housing and meals on campus. Visit our Financing Your Study Abroad page to learn more.

Each program fee is different. Check your program webpage and consult with your faculty director or program coordinator to confirm what is included. Generally, the program fee includes overseas housing during the program, GeoBlue medical insurance, program-related excursions and events and group ground transportation. Many programs also include some or even all meals. Some include daily ground transportation, or items such as a visa or departure tax where required. Unless otherwise stated, the program fee does not include international/overseas airfare, transportation to/from the group's departure airport, nor any other expenses incurred prior to the group's initial departure or after its return at the end of the program. Please note that final program fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final program fees may increase due to airline taxes, fuel surcharges, exchange rates or changes in the group size.

Usually, yes. It depends on what kind of aid you receive. Visit our Financing Your Study Abroad page and schedule an advising appointment with Student Financial Services to see if your aid can be used to help cover study abroad expenses.

Yes! The Center for Global Programs & Services is home to the Delaware Diplomat Scholarship Program, considers every applicant for a need-based award and offers advising for prestigious State Department Scholarships.

Most programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Several semester programs, however, raise that minimum to 2.8. Living overseas is a fun but sometimes stressful experience. We want to make sure that you're strong enough academically to handle these challenges and still succeed in the classroom.

Plan early and often to identify a study abroad program. Enlist the help of your academic advisor, Student Financial Services, a study abroad coordinator and, of course, your family.

Our programs and courses change a little each year. Try searching the Study Abroad database by department to find international courses that interest you.

When you choose a UD Study Abroad program, you don't have to worry about transfer credits. All of the courses offered on our programs are University of Delaware courses. You register for them and get grades for them just like you do for courses on campus. If you're a student attending a different college or university, you can request a UD transcript after you return from overseas.

In this case, you have two options. Convince one of your professors to take a winter session abroad to your location of choice, or search for a program offered by another school or provider. If you opt to go with another school, read our online guide.

Direct your professor to the online instructions for recommenders. Please allow plenty of time for your professor to complete the recommendation before the deadline. Remember, your application must be submitted before a professor can complete the recommendation form.

All payments may be made through your My Finances.

Faculty directors see only your application to their program. They cannot see your application to other programs, nor your program preference.

Should both programs wish to include you in their groups, you will be offered a spot only to your first choice, so make sure to accurately rank your preference. CGPS will automatically withdraw your application from your second choice. Should you be offered a spot on your second-choice program and waitlisted for your first-choice program, you will be dropped from your first-choice program, as students are not permitted to be accepted and waitlisted simultaneously for two programs in the same term. Our goal is to place as many students as possible into programs. Students are permitted to remain on two waitlists and may be offered a spot on either program as openings arise. 

If your rank preference has changed, be sure to log in to your application (select “Application Form,” and the “Program Rank” tab) to edit your first choice.

CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, for safety, health, security or staffing issues, or for any other relevant reason. Cancellation decisions will be made as early as possible in order to maximize alternate study abroad possibilities for affected students. If your program is canceled, you will receive a full refund of program fees paid.

Yes! First year students may study abroad in select winter and summer session programs. If you are a high school senior, consider applying for the UD World Scholars Program, a four-year globally-focused undergraduate program that includes two study abroad experiences.

The study abroad database for most students can be found here.

For students traveling in spring 2023, you can access your application here.


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Photo taken by Shelley Lamotte on the 15W Morocco LLCU study abroad program.