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Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Who can study abroad?

All Salem State students are encouraged to study abroad! No matter what your major is or your career goals are, every student can benefit from a study abroad experience.

The minimum eligibility requirements are:
  • Be in good academic standing
  • 2.0 GPA or above
  • No disciplinary record
Please note that each individual program will have its own eligibility requirements that may be different than the Salem State requirements.

Where can I go?
Almost anywhere! We work with study abroad providers who offer programs in almost any region of the world. 

Are there any language requirements?
The language requirements depend on the specific program, but there are a wide variety of programs available that teach courses in English. If you don't speak another language, you can still study abroad in a non-English speaking country.

How many courses will I take while abroad?
If you're going abroad for an entire semester, you will be studying full time and taking 12-15 credits, like any other semester. If you're going abroad for the summer or over winter break, you will be taking 1-2 courses.

Will the courses I take abroad transfer back to Salem State?
Courses taken abroad at an accredited institution are able to be transferred back to Salem State. In order for courses to transfer, students must complete the Request to Take Course Credit Outside Salem State University form, get approval from the appropriate department chairperson, and receive a grade of C- or higher. Before deciding on a program, it's best to speak with your academic advisor to make sure the program will have the courses you need.

When should I study abroad?
Most students study abroad during their sophomore or junior year. Most programs do not allow freshmen to participate, however, students can study abroad the summer after their freshman year. It is not advisable to study abroad your last semester before graduating, as it can take time to receive and process transcripts.

Can I use financial aid to study abroad?
Generally, the financial aid you receive for an academic year can be put towards study abroad. Students will first have to complete a budget form with the study abroad advisor for their chosen program, which will give you an idea of the total cost. You will then take the completed budget form to Walt Minnick ( in the financial aid office during his walk in hours on Tuesdays. Walt will go over your financial aid package and help you figure out how much you will have that can be put towards your study abroad. Students are strongly advised to start figuring out all financing for study abroad as soon as possible.

Students must meet with a financial aid representative before completing their study abroad application.

Students must finalize all financial aid at least one month prior to departure.

What if I can't be away for an entire semester?
If you want to study abroad but can't be away from home for an entire semester for whatever reason, there are numerous programs that take place over the summer or winter break that only last a few weeks.

Can I study at a different university in the United States?
Salem State is a part of the National Student Exchange, which offers students the opportunity to study at universities in the U.S., Canada, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico. For more information, see the NSE website through the Academic Advising office.
Salem State University Study Abroad Office