No, tuition is not included in the cost of the program. The study abroad program cost will cover airfare, all travel, lodging, entry fees and some meals. The link provided below is to view in-state and out- of- state tuition fees. While studying abroad it is only necessary to pay in-state tuition/out-of-state tuition, technology, card and institutional fees.
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Financial Aid funds (including Hope) may be applied towards tuition, fees, and charges when awarded and show as pending on the duck under “How Much do I Owe?”
Payment amounts and deadlines can be found on the first page of the program application.
All payments for your study abroad program will be turned into the bursar office, your first payment must include a copy of your application.
The living arrangements will vary program to program.
To avoid interference with students class schedules programs are offered in the spring and during the maymester. The maymester is the break between the spring and summer semester.
Yes, degree programs abroad are offered through third party representatives. There are multiple way one could go about obtaining a degree abroad.
There are so many benefits to studying abroad; almost too many to list:
There is not necessarily one recommended time for all students; this varies depending on your degree plan and other goals. To avoid interference with students class schedules programs are offered during these time frames. Clayton State University’s study abroad programs take place during the Spring, Maymester, and Summer semesters. Our Spring programs align with the Spring Break dates in March. Maymester is a short session in May, between the Spring and Summer semester. Majority of the programs will fall within this session. Other programs internally and externally within the University System of Georgia (USG) will take place during the Summer. In general students find it easiest to plan a semester abroad during their junior year.
During a student’s senior year, one must take into consideration the graduation date and programs availability. It is not possible to study abroad in your final semester while taking any courses you may need to finish your degree. If you wish to study abroad at the end of your academic career, you will be eligible to graduate the semester following your study abroad semester.
Studying abroad the semester before you plan to graduate requires careful advance planning, as you may not know how all of your class/classes from abroad will count toward your degree by the time you register for your final semester's classes. Speaking with your study abroad adviser and academic advisor are mandatory.
Clayton State University study abroad programs are announced in late September during the Fall Semester. CSU study abroad programs are faculty led and take place during the Spring, Maymester, and Summer semesters.
Yes, the study abroad programs are designed to integrate with your studies here at CSU, so you will take courses abroad that count for degree requirements that you need. It helps to plan ahead as much as possible, of course.
Study abroad programs outside of the University System of Georgia (USG) require more in depth planning and greater financial costs. Programs such as these need to be discussed in depth with your study abroad adviser and academic adviser.
Certainly! Students will be allotted free time to visit new places and explore the city and country in which they are visiting. The study abroad programs will have an itinerary detailing the activities of the day and when you will have free time. Though please note that Clayton State University’s faculty lead programs during the Spring and Maymester are short and compact to provide you with all of the necessary course related programing and to fit within the time frames of the semester breaks.
Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) or online banking transfers are the most secure way to deliver money to students abroad. Money wires are also commonly used (i.e. Western Union). Both of these require a fee for service. Please check with your bank for fees and timelines for these options. This should only be done for long-term study abroad programs.
Determining the proper amount of spending money will depend almost entirely on the student's spending habits. Students should create a budget based on the amount of travel they want to do while abroad as well as the cost of living of their host country. Depending on the length of travel you could take $500 up to $2000 for spending money on your program. This primarily depends on the student’s spending habits and the destination. Some locations may be more or less expensive than others. For example, going to Italy may require more spending money due the types of goods you wish to purchase, such as leather, jewelry, clothes, etc. Or the large Italian meals with pasta. A less expensive destination may be Haiti or the Bahamas where spending would be much less. You may also want to spend money on additional cultural activities that are not included with your program. The Office of International Programs and the program director can offer advice on sufficient funds to take, but the decision is primarily up to the student.
Traditionally the best way to travel with currency is to travel with a small portion of American cash for emergency purposes when departing and arriving back into the States. Using ones Debit or Credit Card at an ATM machine while abroad is less expensive than using your debit or credit cards for multiple transactions such as buying souvenirs, eating out, etc. There will be a surcharge for each receipt of funds spent for purchases. It is better to pay the small ATM charge verses the other routes. ATMs can be found at the airport upon arrival and around central areas while abroad. Exchanging currency at a bank or the airport might also have high fees associated for the currency exchange. Your program director will also speak on this at orientation if you have further questions.
Currency has been known to change before departure or while abroad especially while traveling. If you would like to know how much you are spending while overseas this is a beneficial tool to help keep track of the currency rates. Download a currency app to your mobile device or by visiting a currency website. You will find this helpful while budgeting for your trip. It helps to know what the U.S. dollar is verses the international currency you will be using.
Students should take sufficient cash (either in local currency or in other currency to be exchanged) into the country to be self-sufficient until such time as a local bank account can be open or money wired. Be sure to check the host country's limits on amounts of cash brought in to the country. This process should only be done for long-term study abroad programs.
Here are some helpful links to assist with budgeting for your spending money:
Campuses are typically very safe. Most campuses have police/security guards there to provide assistance as needed. It is recommended that students travel in groups, especially after dark. General common sense will help students while traveling abroad.
Depending on the city, many places are considered to be safer than the U.S. and the most common crime is petty theft. Students report they felt very safe when abroad.
The Office of International Programs keeps a record of the student's contact information while abroad. In case of an emergency, the office will contact the student and program director. Students will have a CSU faculty member (program director) present with them throughout the entire program while abroad; this faculty member can help facilitate questions and will be guiding the program through course related work and activities.
Passports and visas should be arranged as soon as possible, because documents can take up to 3 months to process. International students who need a travel visa will have to contact the countries consulate to see if a visa is required. This may involve scheduling an appointment at the consulate to receive the visa. Contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) and your program director so that we may provide you with the necessary documentation to take to the consulate.
Even if you choose to have your passport expedited, the process may take longer than the specified time (3-4 weeks) due to complications at the passport agency. Be aware that the sooner you apply for your passport the easier it will be to complete the necessary documents required for your program paperwork. Your study abroad program will need the passport to arrange your flight details so it is imperative to start working on this process as soon as you enroll in the program or before. Expedited is the quickest channel to process a passport being 3 to 4 weeks, but it does cost more than the regular passport process. Please visit the Passports & Visas section on our website for more information on obtaining your documents.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to follow up on the passport and/or visa procedures. These are U.S. government documents that require full participation of the student to complete mandatory information. The Office of International Programs (OIP) and your program directors are not able to assist with these processes due to the government policies in place for these official documents. We are not able to advise you on when the documents will be completed by these agencies. It is your responsibility to follow up with the agencies. Contacting the passport and visa agencies on the status of your documents is the best resource available to you for when you will receive your passport and/or visa.
If you believe there will be a delay or issue concerning your passport and/or visa that could disrupt your travel plans for the study abroad program, then you MUST reach out to the OIP and your program director immediately. Make sure you are aware of the refund and withdrawal deadlines if you need to drop out of the program due to any complications with these documents or any other matters that will not permit you to travel.
If you follow the procedures of obtaining your passport and visa at an early start then you should not have any trouble or concerns with obtaining your information.
While all countries require a passport, not all countries require a visa. Check the website for your host country's embassy or consulate in the U.S. for international students.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) and your program director will notify you of any special visa that international and U.S. students must purchase for travel.
It is typically recommended to start researching programs as soon as possible, but especially one semester before a student's education abroad experience. Clayton State University’s study abroad programs are announced in late September during the Fall Semester. Applications, payment, and scholarship essays if applicable, should be completed the semester prior to your study abroad experience in order to put yourself in the best position for success.
Yes, you can. There are many programs that go to non-English-speaking countries that are led by our CSU faculty. There are apps for your mobile devices that can assist with the foreign language while abroad and many other resources to utilize.
However, we encourage that you practice the foreign language either before departure or while abroad, as it will undoubtedly be useful to you and enhance your ability to succeed (particularly mobility-wise, but also in terms of cultural integration) in your country of study.
Yes, there is the STARS scholarships available through the Office of International Programs (OIP) as well as external scholarships. Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships section of our website for more information.
Yes, you can. Depending on the program and the procedural process, one can attend a study abroad program offered by another university. This procedure requires the student to apply as a transient student to the university of your interest. Contact the study abroad office at the university for their transient procedures for the program and follow their guidelines for the study abroad process. The study abroad program should be within the University System of Georgia (USG) to integrate with your studies at Clayton State University. Any students attempting to attend programs outside of Clayton State University should seek advisement from the Office of International Programs.
Yes, you can. Students are able to study abroad often depending on how the programs integrate with your studies. The study abroad programs are designed to integrate with your studies, so you will take courses abroad that count for your degree requirements as needed. It helps to plan ahead as much as possible, of course.
No, it does not. SACM students will need to refer to their SACM contracts to see that SACM does not pay for the study abroad experience. You can also verify this information with your SACM adviser. SACM students must pay for the study abroad program out of pocket. Clayton State University offers payment plans for the study abroad programs. We allow plenty of time for students to make their payments which are set by the Office of International Programs. These payment deadlines can be found on each study abroad program section of the website and on your approval application form found on Abroad Office.
No, it is not required for undergraduate students. It is required for MBA students who have a concentration in International Business, which requires their students to study abroad as stated for this concentration. If you have any questions or concerns about meeting the requirements to study abroad, please speak with the MBA Program Office in the College of Business or your academic advisor.
To withdraw from the study abroad program, you will need to know the study abroad program withdrawal dates for your particular program. These dates can be found on each study abroad program section of the website. Or you can find the dates on your approval application form from Abroad Office.
The set dates will notify you of how much may be refunded back to you. You must fill out the Withdrawal & Refund Form (found on Abroad Office). You must complete the document and have your program director complete the rest. You MUST upload a copy of the document to your Abroad Office account and notify the Office of International Programs (OIP) once you have done so. You and your program director MUST also keep a copy of the refund form. This document will be taken to the Bursar Office where they will process your refund. Please see the Bursar Office for the details on how your funds will be returned back to you.
NOTE: Everything must be completed before the set date deadline ends for the refund. If you are a day away from the next refund or final refund date and your Withdrawal & Refund Form is not complete, then you will have to accept the next refund amount if there is one available.
Yes, you can. Today many of the cellular phone companies offer reasonable international travel plans. Depending on the company, you could purchase a travel plan at a set rate of $30 for the length of your trip with limited text and call or $10 a day with full coverage. Some may provide full services with your data package while others will give you a limit of text and/or call. Speak with your phone company to see what packages are offered, and what deal might be best for you. Let them know where you are traveling and ask what type of service(s) you will receive. Some providers have no limitations, while others do. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T offer great international service and will most likely be cheaper than a SIM card or buying an international phone while abroad. Program directors may also highly encourage that you have a working cellular device while abroad.
Wi-Fi can be accessible, but it can also be limited depending on the country or area you are located. The Wi-Fi may also not be fully functional or operational providing you with limited service for your mobile devices while abroad. This can even happen with your hotel Wi-Fi. This may prove ineffective when trying to place a call through an app to family or make an emergency call.
While traveling it is always best to have a travel buddy. Pair up with a friend that you can stick with throughout the trip and one of you have the cellular service. That way both, you and your travel buddy can be reached for emergencies by that one device. Maybe even work out a plan where each of you pay for half of the fees.