Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to study abroad?
- What is the best time to study abroad?
- How long can I study abroad?
- What courses can I take abroad? How many?
- What happens to my study abroad credits and Pace GPA?
- How will I get credit for studying abroad? (course equivalency)
- Do my study abroad grades matter?
- How much does it cost?
- What financial aid can I use for study abroad?
- What scholarships are there for study abroad?
- How do I budget to study abroad?
- What do I need to do to if I decide not to study abroad after I have been accepted?
- Do I need a visa?
- Do I need international health insurance?
- What is culture shock?
- What is reverse culture shock?
- After my program, where do I send my study abroad transcript?
- After my program, how do I put study abroad on my resume?
- Staying involved in study abroad after returning back to Pace
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 only eligible to study during their first year at Pace University on a select few faculty-led study abroad programs or at a university included in the Freshmen Semester Abroad program.
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. You can study abroad as early as the second semester of your freshman year! But the most common times to study abroad are sophomore and junior years. It is possible to study abroad in your senior year too; however we advise that you don't study abroad during your last semester as it can delay graduation.
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 vary in length from as short as one week 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. Speak with your academic advisor to decide what timeframe works best for you.
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. Use the Course Approval Form when obtaining approvals. If you begin your planning early, you will likely have more flexibility in choosing your courses while overseas. You may carry a course load of up to 18 credits per semester, although we recommend 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What study abroad scholarships are available?
Some programs offer scholarships for academically outstanding students who participate. There are also private foundations and organizations that provide aid to study abroad students, but you need to do some research to find them. We suggest that you plan your study abroad sojourn early, since the scholarship application process takes time. Read our Scholarships page for more information.
What do I need to do to if I decide NOT to study abroad after I have been accepted?
The Pace Education 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 program fees, housing fees, and possibly partial/full tuition for the term.
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 to determine if you will need a visa.
All participating students are registered for Pace’s emergency Travel Assistance policy through ACE American Insurance Company.
For contact information and policy number, please log in to your application. This information will be accessible after you have been accepted to your program.
Visit www.acetravelassistance.net for access to global threat assessments and location-based intelligence.
Once you log in, you will be prompted to provide your Pace email, first, and last name. You will then receive your password to log in under your own account for future use.
We advise you to register for the U.S Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). After you register, you will automatically receive the most current information we compile about the country where you'll be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Advisories (where/when applicable).
For non-medical emergencies or in cases in which you cannot contact program or insurance representatives, contact Colleen O’Hara, Associate Director of Study Abroad, Pace International:
Mobile: +1 (646) 265-8711
Office: +1 (212) 346-1368
It’s important to manage your money while abroad to ensure your safety as well as budget accordingly. These links provide tips on how to manage money overseas:
- The Best Way to Carry Money Overseas
- Study Abroad Money Tips
- Money Matters to Expect While Abroad
- Money Tips for Traveling Abroad
Are you having a hard time adjusting to your new host country and culture? This is totally normal. It’s a system of emotions and reactions that can be coined “culture shock”. A the bottom of this page are resources to help you understand what you are going through and provide you advice on how to cope.
While you're abroad, some courses that you may have received approval for prior to departure may not be offered at your host institution overseas. You may take courses that have not been previously approved, but you must get them approved via email while abroad or upon return to Pace. Your transcript from abroad will not be processed until all course approvals have been received.
If you have not already done so, contact your host university to request that your transcript be sent to Pace International:
Education Abroad Office, Pace University
Attn: Kristina Byrne Gallagher
861 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570
If you're planning to attend graduate school after you finish your undergraduate degree at Pace, you will likely need to request an official transcript from your school abroad. To do so, visit the school's website and follow their stated procedure for requesting a transcript. You can order the transcript(s) to be sent to yourself or to the grad school directly but if you send it to yourself be careful not to open the envelope containing the transcript as this will make the transcript no longer an official transcript.
Tip: When ordering a transcript from abroad, you might want to order an extra or two to keep on hand in case you need them in the future!
Just as you experienced culture shock upon your arrival to your host country, you will likely experience some form of reverse culture shock upon your return. Your view of the United States may have changed while gaining a new perspective abroad and it could be difficult to readjust to your life back home. At the bottom of this page are some links to help you adjust to life after study abroad.
Study abroad is more than just learning in a classroom. It is in your daily life, explorations, and cultural encounters where the most personal growth occurs. These "soft skills" are what employers are looking for, and it's your job to help translate your experience into your future career! Here are some links that provide helpful information about how to freshen up your resume and interviews by adding your study abroad experience.
Pace Abroad Leaders (PALs) are Pace students who have experience studying abroad and are interested in helping prospective students through the study abroad process (while developing resume-enhancing skills). They serve as peer-to-peer advisors. Study abroad alumni provide valuable first-hand advice and expertise that are a beneficial resource for prospective students. PALs are representatives of Pace International and the study abroad team. Those interested in serving as a PAL must be enthusiastic and informed about our policies, procedures, and programs. PALs gain skills in public speaking, event organization, communication skills, and general knowledge of an office environment. If you are interested in becoming a PAL, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a job description and application.