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FAQs


Who is eligible to study abroad?
Students with a 2.5 GPA, 32 Pace Credits, and a clear disciplinary clearance are eligible to study abroad. Some programs require a higher GPA or junior academic status. Freshman are eligible to study during their first year at Pace University only on a select few faculty led study abroad programs or at a university included in the Freshmen Semester Abroad program.

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What is the best time to study abroad?
You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss the timing and length of your study abroad experience and how to fit it into your academic plan at Pace. With our new Freshman Semester Abroad program, you can study abroad as early as the second semester of your freshman year! The most common time to study abroad are sophomore and junior years. It is possible to study abroad in the senior year as well, however it is not advised to study abroad your last semester as it can delay graduation.

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How long can I study abroad?
Pace study abroad offers both short-term and long-term programs. Short-term options include summer, January intersession, and faculty-led study abroad programs. Short-term programs lengths vary from as short as one week and up to twelve weeks abroad. Long-term programs take place during a semester or academic year program. The requirements of your Pace degree program should be taken into consideration when trying to decide what will work best for you. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor to decide what timeframe works best for you.

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What courses can I take abroad and how many?
You should take courses required by your Pace degree program if you do not want to fall behind your education schedule. You must obtain approval from your Department Chairpersons to take courses abroad. Courses taken without approval may not be applied to your Pace degree. If you begin your study abroad planning early, you will likely have more flexibility in choosing your courses while overseas. Please use the Course Approval Form when obtaining approvals. You may carry a course load of up to 18 credits per semester, although it is advised that you take the standard 12-15 full time credits in order to leave time to experience and adjust to the culture. During the summer term, students generally take 3-6 credits abroad.

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What happens to my study abroad credits and Pace GPA?
Credits earned overseas will be applied to your Pace degree as Pass/Fail, provided you have obtained the proper pre-approvals. A Pass will not affect your GPA, however a Fail will be denoted as unsatisfactory.

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What is the cost?
The cost of study abroad programs varies, depending on the cost of living and money exchange rates in various countries. Generally speaking, programs in developing countries are much less expensive than those in developed countries. Tuition and program fees, housing and meals, international and local transportation, travel and excursions, cultural activities, supplies and personal expenses are all aspects of the cost of study abroad. Frequently, the total cost is less than comparable costs at private institutions in the United States.

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What financial aid can I use for study abroad?
Program costs and financial aid methods vary by program. You may be able to apply your federal and state financial aid or Pace institutional grants and scholarships depending on the program you choose. In order to be eligible for any financial aid during your term abroad, you must be enrolled as a full-time student abroad. Full-time status is a minimum of 12 credits per semester and 6 credits during the summer.

Semester Abroad

Pace Exchange
Pace Tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.

Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.

All federal, state and institutional (Pace scholarships/grants) financial aid applies during the semester abroad.

Pace Global Partners
Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.

Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.

All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $10,000 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad - note portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters. Pace tuition remission does not apply.

Alternate Program Options
Inquire with the Pace Education Abroad Staff about billing and financial aid portability for semester abroad programs which fall outside of the Pace Exchange and Pace Global Partner programs.

January Term and Summer Programs

  • A $100 Study Abroad Fee is billed to the Pace student account.
  • Program fees (Tuition and Fees, Room) are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.

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What study abroad scholarships are available?
Some programs offer scholarships for academically outstanding students who participate in their programs. There are private foundations and organizations which provide aid to study abroad students, but you need to do some research to find them. It is suggested that you plan your study abroad sojourn early, since the scholarship application process takes time. Check out our Scholarships page for more information.

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What do I need to do to if I decide not to study abroad after I have been accepted?
The Study Abroad Office, and program provider (if applicable) must be notified in writing, of your decision to withdraw from a program as soon as possible. Students are responsible for reading and understanding the cancellation/withdrawal policies and deadlines of the program they are withdrawing from. If a student does not follow cancellation/withdrawal deadlines, they risk losing any program fees, housing fees, and possible partial/full tuition for the term.

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Do I need a visa?
Depending on your host country and length of your study abroad program, you may be required to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country permitting you into the country. Review information on the following link to determine if you will need a visa. http://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en/travel-docs/visas.html

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