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Who Can Study Abroad


Study Abroad ParticipantStudents from any major can study abroad in almost any country. They can apply if they are at least 18 years old and have completed at least two semesters. Most GPA's must be 2.5 or higher. Check your desired program for details. 

Utah State University and Office of Global Engagement respect the rights of people, of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, age and abilities.  The U.S. and the university provide many resources and protections for anyone to feel safe and respected at the university. Other countries you can visit may not have the same protection, anti-discrimination laws or resources. While all study abroad students need to plan their experience in advance, there may be additional issues to consider.

Student Resources

LGBTQIA Students

LGBTQIA students may have special considerations for studying abroad. Some locations may be better options than others due to laws and cultural views of the LGBTQIA community. We want all students to have access to study abroad and to be able to be in a location where they will have a positive experience abroad. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options.

LGBTQIA Student Resources

Women

Women may have special considerations for travel, especially if/when they travel alone. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for women:

Diversity Abroad
Her Own Way - Canadian Government
Journey Woman
The Center For Global Education
Expat Woman
Center for Women and Gender at USU

Multicultural Students

Multicultural students may have special considerations for study abroad. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for multicultural students:  

USU Access and Diversity Center  
Diversity Abroad  
The Center For Global Education  
All Abroad 

Nontraditional Students

Nontraditional students may have special considerations for study abroad. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for nontraditional students:  

USU Access and Diversity Center

Students Searching for Heritage Programs

Students are considered heritage-seekers if they identify with the ethnic background of the country where they plan to study abroad. Studying abroad to better understand your ancestry can be a wonderful experience, though there may be frustrations that come with it. Below are some helpful resources for considerations when exploring a program for heritage-seeking reasons:  

Diversity Abroad
Go Overseas

Veteran Students

We welcome veterans to apply for a study abroad experience. Below are some resources if you have GI Benefits and would like to use them to study abroad.  

GI Bill Benefits for Study Abroad Information  
How to Use your GI Bill to Study Abroad 

Students with Diabilities and Health Concerns

Studying abroad is a very attainable goal for people with disabilities. When you are applying for a program, you must disclose any disability so that we have ample time to put any necessary support measures in place. We want to make sure that you are well supported while abroad and have a successful study abroad experience! The Disability Resource Center can help you determine what kinds of support services you may be able to receive while abroad. If you need any further guidance, please be in touch with your study abroad advisor. 

Learn about USU student McKinley Benson's study abroad experience with chronic illness or disability.

Learn more about tips that may make your experience go a little smother.

Below are more resources for students with disabilities:
Study abroad questions for students with disabilities
Diversity Abroad guide for students with disabilities  
Department of State information on traveling with disabilities  

This article gives a great analogy for understanding what someone with a disability might be going through on a daily basis. 

Mobility International  

For tips on accessibility in many large cities around the globe: Wheel Chair Travel

Learn more about taking medication while abroad.  

Students with disabilities or health issues may have special considerations for study abroad, but it can be an incredible experience! Here are some tips that may make your experience go a little smoother.