Frequently Asked Questions
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- Who can study abroad?
- Do I have to take courses specifically for my major?
- Can international students study abroad?
- I'm a freshman, can I study abroad?
- Where can LU students travel?
- What if I am uncertain about where I would like to study abroad?
- In what types of courses do students enroll?
- How might a Lamar student participate in study abroad?
- What is a short-term, faculty-led program?
- What is a semester exchange?
- How do students typically pay for study abroad courses?
- Who is eligible for the Study Abroad Fee Grant and how much can I receive?
- If Lamar does not offer a study abroad course in my field, can I take it somewhere else?
- If I find a non-LU program, what is the next step?
Yes! If you are an international, degree-seeking student enrolled at Lamar University, you can study abroad. Where you can go depends on where you are from, your visa, and where you want to go. Come and speak to the Office of Study Abroad about the opportunities available to you.
Yes! Many of our programs do not have pre-requisites for the classes offered, though you will need to check with the faculty for each program to make sure. We also have several courses each year which offer core credit (i.e. ARTS 1301, GEOL 1403, ENGL 2300). These courses are specifically geared towards freshmen and sophomores who still need to fulfill core requirements.
In recent years, Lamar students have taken part in study abroad programs to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America on short-term, faculty-led programs or semester exchanges. Some of the more popular countries are China, England, France, Guatemala, Ireland, South Korea, and Spain. Although students do have an opportunity to pursue study abroad in whatever country they might wish, the Advisory Committee may deny funding for study in foreign countries to which travel is discouraged by the U.S. State Department.
Come in or make an appointment to speak with the Office of Study Abroad. They will be able to give you detailed information about each of the programs. Also, talk to your LU academic advisors within your department regarding LU courses offered abroad. They can also guide you in the process of searching for a study abroad program that will meet your academic needs and enrich your degree plan.
Students may enroll in almost any college-level course or courses, yet some particularly apt courses for study include art, business, education, fashion design, foreign languages, geography, geology, history, literature, and sociology.
There are five ways that a Lamar student might participate in study abroad:
- Enroll in a Lamar University faculty-led program by filling out an application form found here.
- Enroll in a semester exchange program through Lamar University with one of our exchange partners.
- Enroll in is a study–abroad program offered by an American university that has agreed to permit Lamar students to take their courses for transfer credit to Lamar. The university currently has transfer–of–credit agreements with American institutions that conduct programs in London, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Vienna, and Costa Rica.
- Enroll in a study–abroad program offered by an American university that does not have a transfer–of–credit agreement with Lamar. This being the case, the student must provide evidence that the earned credit hours will transfer to Lamar and will apply to the students degree plan.
- Enroll for a summer term or a long semester at a foreign university of the student's choice, with the same stipulations regarding transfer-of-credit.
Most of the programs Lamar University offers are short-term, faculty-led programs during winter break, spring break, or summer. These programs are run by LU faculty members who teach the class(es) overseas in a foreign country and remain with the students throughout the duration of the program.
Students are encouraged to save, fundraise, and budget their personal finances in order to take part in study abroad programs.
If students enroll in study abroad courses through a U.S. university, they may qualify for student loans.
Students can also search for available local and national-scholarships. Check out our scholarship page.
In addition, if they are full time students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at LU, they may qualify for the Study Abroad Fee Grant.