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First, students should self enroll in our Study Abroad 101 OAKS Course. You can find the self-enroll instructions for the Study Abroad 101 Course here. This course will help students that are exploring or undecided about which program type suits them best. Students who know they are interested in an Affiliate program should self-enroll in the Affiliate Study Abroad OAKS Course. Completion of the Affiliate Study Abroad OAKS Course quiz is mandatory prior to meeting with an advisor for Affiliate programs. You can find the self-enroll instructions for the Affiliate Study Abroad OAKS Course here

Faculty-led programs are spring-break, summer or semester programs led by a CofC faculty member.  Students pay regular tuition plus a program fee and receive CofC credit. Grades are calculated in the student’s GPA.

Exchange programs offer students the opportunity to pay their regular CofC tuition and study at one of CofC’s partner institutions abroad. Students work with the Center for International Education prior to departure to determine course equivalencies and must earn a C or better to receive credit.

Affiliate programs give students the opportunity to take courses not normally offered at CofC and study in locations not available through CofC faculty-led or exchange programs.  Students can choose from a variety of affiliate program providers.  Students pay a program fee to the affiliate program instead of CofC tuition. Students work with the Center for International Education prior to departure to determine course equivalencies and must earn a C or better to receive credit.

You can learn more by watching our Program Type Overview Video:

The College of Charleston offers a variety of study abroad opportunities all over the world including various locations in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia through our different program types.

Students are not limited by their major and can study an assortment of subjects. We work with students to select the most appropriate program for their academic, financial, and personal needs.

Students can study abroad during spring-break or for a summer, semester, or academic year.

Students in any major may study abroad. Freshmen must complete one academic year prior to studying abroad. They may study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Some freshmen choose to participate in a First Year Experience (FYE) course that allows them to spend time abroad during spring-break of their freshman year. Transfer students must complete one semester at CofC prior to studying abroad.

Freshmen must have been at the College of Charleston for at least one academic year. Transfer students must have been at the College of Charleston for at least one semester. The general minimum GPA requirement for participation in study abroad programs for CofC is 2.5; however, some programs and providers may require higher.

All students, regardless of program type, must apply to the College of Charleston Center for International Education (CIE).  Affiliate programs and exchange programs require an additional application to be filled out for the host program.

The most up-to-date deadlines and program requirements can be found on individual program or Important Dates pages.

Students participating in College of Charleston and Exchange programs continue to pay tuition to CofC, therefore, all financial aid and scholarships apply as they would normally.  Students may be asked to document all of their expenses while abroad. Students participating in an Affiliate program are able to use any portable financial aid in their package. Certain scholarships and non-portable aid may be available, but students must work with the CIE and the Financial Aid Office on-campus to determine this.

To learn more about financial aid and study abroad, watch our Financing Study Abroad video:

CIE encourages students to apply for scholarships to study abroad. These scholarships can be found through our scholarship page as well as consulting with the student’s major and minor departments. CIE also encourages students to estimate the costs of their study program and plan ahead by downloading the Study Abroad Cost Worksheet to help organize a budget.

The Course Approval Form must be filled out by all students studying abroad through Exchange and Affiliate programs.  The courses students take abroad must be approved, using this form, in order to receive transfer credit at the College of Charleston. First, check if any of the courses are pre-approved by submitting the Pre-approved Course Request JotForm here. For courses not listed in the inventory, you must provide a description or syllabus of the course to the appointed faculty member for evaluation by submitting the Departmental Course Approval Request form here. You can also email the appointed faculty member as listed on the Course Approval Directory. Once the Course Approval Form has been completed, it should be returned to the Center for International Education.

Courses that were passed with a letter grade of C or higher will appear on the CofC transcript as transfer credits but will not include the grade. Grades will appear as TR and will not be calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA.

Just as programs vary in coursework, duration, and location, costs range across the board. The CIE works with students individually to find the best program for their academic, financial, and personal needs. And while we're often asked to quote an average cost, we just aren't able to provide one. We offer so many programs that this figure is difficult to calculate and does not take into consideration what a student receives in support services, academics, and experience.

Faculty-led programs require students to pay regular CofC tuition and a program fee, which includes the $50 application fee.

Exchange programs require students to pay regular CofC tuition and a $50 study abroad fee to CofC. Student are also responsible for housing, airfare, meals, and any other expenses incurred abroad.

Affiliate programs require students to pay a $50 study abroad fee for a semester program or a $150 study abroad fee for a summer program. All other expenses are paid directly to the affiliate provider.

Yes, students must apply to the CIE in order to participate in any program abroad, including affiliate programs.

No! Many students study abroad without knowledge of the native language because we offer programs where courses are taught in English. However, if you're looking to learn a new language or brush up on your already acquired skills, we have programs for that, too!

Research options that will suit their study abroad goals using the CIE website and information from the OAKS course.

Make an academic and financial plan: look into which courses are available through the study abroad program and meet with academic advisors to insure their study abroad experience will be academically beneficial.  Look into financial aid and scholarships for specific programs.

Create an account on ViaTRM.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your study abroad advisor (Exchange and Affiliate) or your program director/study abroad advisor (Faculty-led)

Review the Program Selection and Application Process and Accepted Students pages on our website for next step.

You can order an official copy of your transcript through the Office of the Registrar. Learn more here. Your program may also accept an unofficial copy of your transcript which can be requested here.