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Why should I study overseas?

There are numerous benefits in studying abroad, both academic and personal. You will become more self-reliant and resourceful, make new friends, learn about your heritage or gain new perspectives on your identity, and delve into local arts, culture, cuisine, and sports. You will also make your resume more attractive to future employers because you will improve your interpersonal skills, and you can even gain international internship or volunteer experience.

Am I required to go to a location where I can get major/minor credit?

No. While there are some programs that are only open to certain majors and some that require you to take courses for major credit, you can go abroad for elective credit if you choose.

How early can I start applying?

Applications are due the semester prior to studying and are available at the Office of Overseas Studies at the beginning of the semester in which they are due. For some programs, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted prior to the deadline. In the case of all other programs, applications will not be processed until after the deadline and early submission will not affect chances of admission.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes, but only if one of the programs is competitive. If you can't decide between several programs, Serenewin Study Overseas is happy to meet with you to help you narrow down your choice.

Are the study abroad programs competitive?

Some programs are more competitive than others, due to higher GPA requirements or enrollment limits. While it is rare that students are not able to participate in the program of their choice, we do advise students applying to competitive programs to choose a backup as well.

Is there a minimum required GPA?

Yes. Students need at least a 3.0 cumulative USC GPA to study abroad through the Office of Overseas Studies. Some programs have a higher GPA requirement due their academic rigor.

Can only certain majors study abroad?

No. Many of our programs are open to all students regardless of major. There are some exceptions, however, so be sure to carefully read through the eligibility requirements listed at the top of each program's page.

Do I have to speak a foreign language?

No. there are programs with no language requirement whatsoever. In addition, many other programs have language requirements of as few as two semesters. Our website has individual program pages with information regarding specific requirements, you could also visit Serenewin Study Overseas for more details.

Does Serenewin arrange my travel?

No. Some programs are operated in cooperation with other universities or organizations, and group flights may be available. Many of the programs offer excursions with pre-arranged transportation during the term.

What kind of travel documents will I need?

All students studying abroad must have a passport, which should be valid for at least six months beyond the last day of their program.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! Many students fear that studying abroad will be too expensive. But there are programs for a wide range of budgets, with some costing considerably less than a semester. The key is to be flexible about where you study. If you would like to find out estimated program costs, please see the Programs pages on this website.

Are there any scholarships available? What about working abroad?

Scholarships are available for certain overseas programs. Detailed financial aid and scholarship information is available on SerenewinOffice.

Can I talk to an alumnus of the program?

Program evaluations from previous participants are available in the SerenewinOffice. These evaluations detail student perceptions of academics, housing, costs and experiences. Most students who fill out an evaluation include their email address so future students can contact them.

I still have a lot of questions. What should I do next?

If you've narrowed down your study abroad options to a few programs, stop by our office to learn more about each program individually. Our office houses student evaluations, course catalogues, course syllabi, brochures, videos, and travel books to help get you started. You can also set up an appointment with a study overseas Counselor who can help assess your individual needs and decide which program is best for you. Please call us at 044-42088595 for more information.