Study Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to study abroad?
It varies depending on the program and length of stay.

Can I use financial aid and scholarships to help pay for study abroad?
Yes! Students may use financial aid and most scholarships for study abroad during the semester, year or summer. The amount of aid that can be used will depend on the program you are participating in. Please check with Director of Student Financial Services for more details.

Can I study abroad without adding an additional semester to my degree?
Yes! This question is on the minds of many students when they start to consider studying abroad. The key, as always, is to remain in close contact with your Study Abroad Coordinator and your academic advisor. If you do that, there is no reason that studying abroad needs to add additional semesters to you degree.

Do I need to be fluent in a foreign language to study abroad?
No! While many programs require knowledge of a foreign language, many provide courses in English and the chance to study the local language.

Where can I study overseas?
Students can choose from study abroad options worldwide in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Will the classes I take abroad transfer to Hope International University?
Yes! Students must receive appropriate approvals for all courses they plan to take abroad as part of the Study Abroad Approval Form before departing overseas to ensure courses and credits will transfer back to Hope.

When can I study abroad?
Students are recommended to study overseas during their junior or senior year, although second semester freshman and sophomores may also participate. You may study abroad in your final year or semester.

Are there any special procedures for using financial aid to study abroad?
In order for you to use your financial aid for your study abroad program, you must work with the Study Abroad Coordinator to complete all necessary forms. This may include the completion of a financial aid consortium agreement with another educational institution. Hope financial aid will not be applied to your study abroad expenses unless these procedures are completed prior to departure.

Who takes care of my financial aid while I am overseas?
You are responsible. The Director of Student Financial Services can advise you in making the necessary arrangements to ensure that all funds are sent to the appropriate places. Keep in mind that you must make these arrangements prior to your departure or your aid may be delayed or may not be released at all.