Education Abroad FAQs
If you have questions about studying abroad, we recommend starting here! If you have additional questions that we didn't cover, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an advising appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor.
Q: Why should I study abroad?
A: Studying abroad can help you:
- Enhance your employability
- Be exposed to new ways of thinking of, living in, and viewing the world
- Learn about other cultures
- Learn a new language or become more fluent in one you're already studying
- Gain new understanding and appreciation for the United States and its way of life
- Gain a wider, more sophisticated view of the world
Q: Who can study abroad?
A: Anyone at Kent State can study abroad as long as they are in good academic standing.
Q: How do I get started?
A: If you are getting started, we recommend first watching the Education Abroad 101 presentation. This presentation will help you learn more about what opportunities are available and walks you through the steps in the process. Once you are ready to begin searching for programs, check out our program database and choose the program that best suits your needs. The Study Abroad Steps are another great resource as you get started. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor through KSU Advising.
Q: When should I start planning to study abroad?
A: We recommend starting the process around one year in advance. The Study Abroad Steps are a great resource as you get started.
Q: When should I study abroad?
A: Most students go during their sophomore or junior year. It is important to consult with your academic advisor so that you can schedule your education abroad program according to your degree plan.
Q: How long are education abroad programs?
A: We offer a variety of programs to suit your goals. Our shortest programs range from one to three weeks in duration, but we also offer longer programs that take place over a summer, semester, or academic year.
Q: How much does my program cost?
A: To learn about the costs of your program, start by finding the program in our program database. Once you have found your program, click on the program name to open the brochure. You will see several tabs across the top of the brochure. Click the “Estimated Costs” tab and customize the information to your tuition cohort and spending habits. From there, you can get a good picture of the estimated costs. Be sure to review these costs with a Financial Aid Counselor for Education Abroad by scheduling an appointment through KSU Advising. They can let you know how your financial aid and scholarships will apply.
Financial Aid for Education Abroad
Q: I have not applied for financial aid. What do I need to do?
A: The education abroad program type determines what steps you will need to take to receive financial aid. The first step would be to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible to begin the process. The FAFSA needs to be completed every year and can be completed as early as October 1st the year before. Once the Student Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA results, we will determine your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid. You will receive a financial aid email and may view your awards on your FlashLine account.
Q: How much financial aid will I be able to receive for my education abroad program?
A: The amount of financial aid and the type of financial aid will be based on your FAFSA results and the cost of the education abroad program. In most cases, you will be able to use all of your financial aid available to you during that term. If you need additional funds for your program, you can consider either a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan, a Graduate PLUS Loan if you are a graduate student, or a private loan. More information may be found at the Student Financial Aid website for Loans. You can contact the One Stop or email the Financial Aid Counselor for Education Abroad with any questions about your financial aid.
Q: I need to depart before the KSU semester begins. Would I be able to obtain my refund early?
A: Unfortunately, this is not possible. Your financial aid cannot be applied to your Kent State student account earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of classes at Kent State, even if your program begins before Kent State’s semester does. It may take several days after the funds transfer for you to receive any excess funds in the form of a refund. It is highly recommended that you select a refund preference before leaving the country. It is also suggested that you have 2-3 weeks of funds available so that you are able to cover the first few weeks of living expenses before you receive a refund. For further questions regarding refunds and BankMobile please contact the One Stop.
Q: I don’t depart until six weeks after KSU's semester begins. Does this affect my financial aid?
A: Yes, regulations require that your financial aid does not disburse until ten days prior to your first day of class at the visiting institution. Since your education abroad program starts six weeks after Kent State’s semester, your aid will not disburse until the fifth week of Kent State’s semester. Note that the Bursar’s Office is aware of the regulation and will be notified of the program’s start date so that no late fees occur. Each program is different, and the One Stop is aware of these late disbursement dates. If you need to discuss your situation in a program with a later start date, please contact the One Stop.
Kent State Florence
Living in Florence (Food/Attractions/Travel)
Q: Are there options for students who have specific dietary needs, restrictions or food allergies?
A: Yes, there are plenty of restaurants and markets that offer a variety of options for students with specific dietary needs, including gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian/vegan, etc. There are many guides available online for navigating Florence with dietary restrictions and, in addition, the Student Life coordinators in Florence can provide suggestions of where to eat/shop.
Q: Should I purchase a rail pass?
A: Many students hope to use their long weekends and breaks to travel within and beyond Italy. Travel by train is quite common and is usually an inexpensive and easy option for students, especially as they are traveling throughout Italy. The option of purchasing a rail pass or buying train tickets on an individual basis is a personal decision for students to make. Typically students staying for a full semester in Florence will find more use in purchasing a rail pass than students who are studying in Florence over the summer.
Q: Which airports are accessible from Florence?
A: The Florence Airport, Pisa Airport and Rome Airport are accessible from Florence.
Q: Does Kent State Florence have a gym or recreational facilities?
A: No. However, there are various gyms within the city that students can research online prior to their departure. The student life coordinators in Florence may also be able to suggest some that are nearby or that students often utilize.
Outside of the traditional gym, there are plenty of biking trails where students can bike, walk, or run, including the Arno Riverfront and Cascine Park. As part of the KSU Florence program, students are also invited to join the KSU Florence soccer team which competes against other US study abroad programs in Florence, when available.
Q: I am registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) on campus. Will my accommodations transfer to the Kent State Florence Program?
A: Yes. Any student who is registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at Kent State will be able to disclose this information during the application process. Kent State Florence is able to then work directly with SAS to ensure that all reasonable accommodations can be met while in Florence.
Q: Am I able to request an individual apartment?
A: Yes. Standard housing in Florence is a shared apartment with 2-8 students and standard occupancy per bedroom is 2 students per room. However, students may reach out to the Florence program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a private apartment. Please note that there is limited availability of private apartments, so students should inquire early about this option. In addition, private apartments do come at a higher cost than a standard apartment.
Q: Can I submit a roommate request for someone who is in a different cohort than I am? (ie. Can a Fashion student live with an Arts & Sciences student?)
A: Yes. During the application process, students can submit their roommate preferences for any student who they would like to live with regardless of academic major or cohort.
Q: Can I take online courses through the Kent Campus while studying in Florence?
A: While studying in Florence, students must maintain a full-time student status of a minimum of 12 credit hours (for undergraduate students). In addition to the 12 credit hours taken in Florence, students can elect to take additional online coursework offered through the Kent and regional campuses.
Paris American Academy
Q: Which airports are accessible from Paris?
A: There are three airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. The two main airports are Charles de Gaulle to the north-east and Orly to the south are well connected to the city center while Paris Beauvais airport is located quite far up north and used by budget airlines.
Q: How many courses will I be taking while studying at PAA?
A: Students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours to maintain a full-time student status. Depending on your program/major you could take anywhere between 14-16 credit hours.
Q: I am registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) on campus. Will my accommodations transfer to Paris American Academy?
A: Any student that is registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at Kent State will be able to disclose this information during the application process. Paris American Academy will then try to ensure that all reasonable accommodations can be met.
Q: Am I able to request an individual apartment?
A: Yes, although the standard housing in Paris is a shared apartment with 2-3 students. However, students may reach to the PAA program coordinator at email@example.com to request a private apartment. Please note that there is limited availability of private apartments, so students should inquire early about this option. Additionally, private apartments do come at a higher cost than a standard apartment.
Q: Can I submit a roommate request?
A: Yes, during the application process, students can submit their roommate preferences for any student who they would like to live with.
Kent State Prague
Q: Do I have to utilize Anglo American University’s housing?
A: It is highly encouraged that KSU students secure housing via AAU’s housing. The building is staffed 24 hours a say with a security guard and receptionist. Furthermore, securing housing via AAU will make the Czech Visa process smoother.
Q: Do I have to purchase my own airfare?
A: Yes, you are responsible for purchasing your own airfare. We recommend not purchasing airfare until after being officially accepted to the program and once you have received your admission letter with the arrival/departure dates indicated. You may depart from any U.S. airport and fly into Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague.
Q: What are the requirements to be eligible for the internship?
A: You must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students with lower GPAs may be considered if supplemental documents are provided, such as a letter of recommendation from a professor.
Q: What is the process for finding an internship?
A: You will submit an updated resume and cover letter via email to the Prague program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then the coordinator will share that information with AAU’s Career Center, who will work with you in finding the right internship placement.
Q: What happens after I have been placed in an internship?
A: You will need to enroll in the AAU internship course. You will also be required to work 135 hours for the duration of the semester abroad.
Kent State Xi'an
Q: When can I participate in the Xi’an Program?
A: The Kent State Xi’an program is only offered in the summertime for a duration of 4 weeks.
Q: What classes will I be able to take?
A: Courses will change every year. You are required to enroll in 7 credit hours. All credits are transferable to Kent State University.
Direct Enroll Programs
Q: What is a direct enroll program?
A: With a direct enroll program, you will be enrolling directly in the host university abroad. This means you will also be paying their tuition amount, which may be more or less than what you pay for your Kent State tuition. The host university's tuition amount will be billed to your Kent State student account, which means you can use your applicable financial aid and scholarships.
Q: What is an exchange program?
A: Exchange programs provide students with opportunities to enroll in courses at one of KSU’s partner institutions abroad while paying their KSU equivalent tuition rate, typically for one semester or a full academic year. Students from the partner institutions are then able to come to KSU for one semester or a full academic year in exchange.
Q: How much does an exchange program cost?
A: KSU students pay their KSU equivalent tuition rate for exchange programs. The KSU equivalent tuition, international health insurance, and a $250 program fee are billed to the KSU student account. Other costs, such as housing, meals, and airfare, will vary from one program to another and will be paid for out of pocket or to other entities, such as the host institution. Other expenses students should budget for include books and supplies, passport, visa, personal spending money, and optional travel insurance.
Q: Is placement into an exchange program guaranteed?
A: Exchange programs typically have space for several KSU students each semester, but placement can be competitive for some programs. It is recommended that students apply early and ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for exchange program placement.
Q: Will participating in an exchange program delay my graduation?
A: Please work with your education abroad advisor and academic advisor to ensure that the coursework you complete through an exchange program will transfer to KSU and count towards your degree progression. Because there is a credit transfer process and not all academic calendars around the world look the same, it is not recommended that students participate in exchange programs during their final semester at KSU.
Q: What is a faculty-led program?
A: On this type of program, you will be traveling abroad with a Kent State faculty member, studying a topic relevant to the location. These courses can count towards your major or for general elective credit. Programs are typically one to three weeks in duration and take place over spring break, winter break, or the summer. Offerings vary from year to year and are a great option if you want to study abroad for a shorter time.
Q: The program I am interested in was offered last year. Will the program be offered this year too?
A: Faculty-led program options change every year. You can reach out to the faculty leader to see if they will be offering their program in the future. You can also see this year’s programs on our program database.
Q: What is ISEP?
A: ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program and is a consortium of universities from the US and abroad that offers exchange and direct and enroll programs. ISEP also offers opportunities for completing internships and volunteering abroad.
Q: What is the difference between ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct?
A: With ISEP Exchange programs, KSU students pay the KSU equivalent rates for tuition, housing, and meal plan; placement into ISEP Exchange programs is competitive.
With ISEP Direct programs, KSU students pay the tuition, housing, and meal plan rates of the host institution abroad; placement into ISEP Direct programs is guaranteed if eligibility criteria are met.
ISEP has a helpful Chances of Placement Guide that describes the levels of competitiveness with the Placement Process.