Yes, you can study abroad! Start the process early and contact the following offices in preparation of your trip.
Consulate/Embassy of the Country Where You Will Study
Check whether citizens of your country are required to obtain a visa and how to apply. Visa requirements may be different for you than for U.S. students.
Learning Abroad Center
International students can participate in study abroad programs offered by the Learning Abroad Center. Because the entry requirements and visa process may differ for international students, you are encouraged to start planning as early as possible. The Learning Abroad Center has created information for international students that you should review.
International Student and Scholar Services
- Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program. If you plan to maintain your F-1 status while studying abroad, you must complete a minimum of 12 credits.
- Inquire about re-entry to the U.S. at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your U.S. visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
- If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s) or Academic Training (J-1s).
Health Insurance Office
International students must maintain their U.S. health insurance while abroad. You should check with the provider of your insurance, most often Boynton Health Services.