Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can study abroad?
  2. Does it matter what major I am?
  3. Does it fit in my degree plan?
  4. Will the credit count towards my degree?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Isn't it too expensive?
  7. Will my financial aid cover study abroad costs?
  8. When should I start planning for my trip?
  9. What opportunities are available?
  10. Is it beneficial to my career?

1 . Who can study abroad?

Any Texas A&M student in good standing with the university may study abroad for academic credit. Generally speaking, "good standing" indicates that a student is in no academic difficulty and has not been dropped from the university.

2. Does it matter what major I am? 

For many Texas A&M programs, any major can participate! Many of the programs offer course content that is relevant to the university's core curriculum requirement or can be used as electives. For best planning, see your academic advisor about whether those courses that are offered can go towards your degree plan.

3. Does it fit in my degree plan?

The Study Abroad Program Office offers a wide variety of programs that fit most students' degree plans. Most of the courses count toward your major, minor, or elective requirements. If no programs interest you, there are Reciprocal and Independent Study Abroad opportunities.

Reciprocal and Independent Study Abroad

  • Opportunity to study and live at an overseas university for one or two semesters.
  • Enroll in the academic setting of the host university.
  • Attend classes and interact with the local students.
  • Remain a full-time study at Texas A&M while on exchange by registering for at least 12 credit hours.
  • Financial Aid and scholarships will apply.

4. Will the credit count towards my degree?

In all cases, the student must verify with their academic advisor how study abroad coursework will apply to their degree plan. This should be done prior to the student's departure abroad. As for credit, if the program is a Texas A&M program, the credit is Texas A&M credit. Therefore, credit does not have to be transferred. If the student is attending an outside program (non-Texas A&M) the student must complete the Texas A&M Independent Credit Form to pre-approve this coursework to transfer back to the university.

5. How much does it cost?

Costs will vary depending on factors such as the length of program, lodging expenses, number of field trips, exchange rate, etc. For most students, studying abroad will cost more than staying on campus because students will be doing an incredible amount of traveling and also because the cost of living is higher in many foreign destinations.

However, the affordability of studying abroad has dramatically increased in recent years due to varying factors, such as increased opportunities for financial aid, study abroad university scholarships and national scholarships. Careful planning in advance can help you find a program that is within your budget. Visit our study abroad website for more information on funding for study abroad.

6. Isn't it too expensive?

There are increased opportunities for financial aid, grants, loans, scholarships, study abroad university scholarships, and national scholarships. In 2009, each student received at least at $3,000 in scholarships. Estimates show that studying a summer abroad costs less than $3,000 more than studying a summer in College Station.

7. Will my financial aid cover study abroad costs?

All of your financial aid can be used for studying abroad. Financial aid is adjusted and increased to cover additional expenses of studying abroad.

8. When should I start planning for my trip?

The earlier you begin planning, the better. If you allow about a year, you will have plenty of time to take care of all the logistical concerns and prepare for your trip abroad. It takes time for applications to be processed, for travel arrangements to go through (including applying for passports), and for you to prepare yourself and your finances. Be sure to know the deadlines for scholarship applications and other financial aid applications so you do not miss an opportunities! Visit the study abroad website for more information on how to prepare.

9. What opportunities are available?

Several different types of programs are offered depending on each student's needs. While searching, students should consider things such as your language background, country/region of interest, cultural interests, personal interests, your degree plan, whether you would like to go in a group (i.e., faculty-led) or on your own (i.e., independent or reciprocal exchange), and whether you wish to go for a full semester or a summer semester.

The following is a list of the available international opportunities and programs available at Texas A&M:

  • Faculty-led group study programs

    These programs are led by college of engineering faculty group leaders. Programs are available for undergraduate students for summer sessions. All courses are taught in English.

  • Reciprocal exchange programs (Texas A&M Program)

    These programs allow undergraduate students to enroll in a foreign university while receiving credit at Texas A&M for a semester or a year. Both departmental and university-wide reciprocal exchange programs are available for students who prefer to study independently. Most of the exchange programs require a certain level of language proficiency with a few that are taught in English.

  • Independent programs abroad (Non-Texas A&M Program)

    Lisa Tauferner, Study Abroad Advisor, can assist students in locating opportunities to study abroad outside of Texas A&M programs. Students may apply directly to a foreign university or apply through a sponsoring university, institute, or organization within the United States Extensive web-based and paper resources are available to assist in this search.

  • Conduct research abroad (Both Texas A&M and Non-Texas A&M Programs)

    This type of experience is particularly critical for students who plan to pursue academic or research careers, since so much research is international in nature. An international research experience may provide an edge in the competitive world of research when looking for a full time research position or applying to a graduate program.

  • Other global opportunities

    Other international opportunities include internships, work and volunteer abroad and leadership programs at Texas A&M such as the Academy for Future International Leaders.

10. Is it beneficial to my career?

International companies like the international experience and knowledge. Study abroad will help you gain essential job skills such as enhanced interpersonal and cultural skills, language awareness, awareness of U.S. policies and the global perspective of the U.S. Graduate schools consider study abroad a "plus," and your experience studying abroad can be what sets you apart from other candidates.