Getting Started

Information Session
Research Programs
Requirements & Policies


You should think of the Study Abroad office as a one stop shop for information related to your study/intern abroad experience. We are excited to assist you as you navigate through the process of choosing a program. We will help you from the advising stage until you return from your program. Should you ever have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are sure this is going to be one of the best experiences of your college life!

Attend an Information Session or come meet an advisor during Walk-In Advising hours.

An Information Session gives general information about the many programs available, how the application process works at USA, and general guidance on where to begin.

Information Sessions are run by a Study Abroad staff member or intern. Interns are students who have previously studied abroad and have firsthand experience with the study abroad process.

Info Sessions will include the following:

  • Descriptions of the various types of programs offered
  • Assistance in narrowing programs to fit individual needs
  • Information regarding the application process, travel requirements, how and when to obtain a passport or visa
  • Basic information on costs and funding
  • Other basic but important information to get you on your way! 

Research USA Study Abroad programs.

A list of pre-approved study abroad programs and affiliates can be found here.

While researching programs, consider the following: eligibility requirements, location, course offerings, and costs (what is and is not included).

Students should meet with their faculty advisor for assistance in selecting a program based on courses related to their degree.  Faculty advisors may contact the OIE Study Abroad office with any questions related to programs abroad.

USA Requirements and Policies For Participation:

All students applying to participate in USA study abroad must be in compliance with all USA academic and student conduct code policies as published in the USA Bulletin and The Lowdown during the application process, prior to the day of departure, and during their participation in the study abroad program.

Students should have a minimum of a 2.25 overall GPA.

Students whose GPA is between 2.0 and 2.25 must meet with their academic advisor and the Study Abroad coordinator to discuss participation and program options. Students with a GPA below 2.25 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In addition to USA's GPA requirement, students must meet the host institution or affiliate partner's GPA requirements for participation.

All students must respect and abide by the laws and customs of their host country, USA’s The Lowdown, and any rules and regulations for student conduct made or adopted by USA, its employees, agents, and partner institutions abroad. Host institution and/or program rules should be followed for the duration of the program abroad and include, but are not limited to, rules and regulations for student conduct designed to safeguard health, well-being, and safety.

Students who have behavioral or conduct issues are subject to USA Dean of Students review and must have approval from the USA Dean of Students prior to applying for any program.

Students who are academically or otherwise suspended or expelled from USA are not eligible for approval to study abroad as part of the USA degree or other approved activities.

Should a student be suspended or subject to any USA academic or judicial actions following the date of departure, such actions will be implemented immediately upon notification and may include dismissal (with no refund) from the program, suspension of host country visa privileges (subject to host country rules), etc.

Students participating on an affiliate or exchange experience are required to request that their original transcripts from abroad be sent to USA's Registrar at the following address:

Office of the Registrar
Meisler Hall, Suite 1100
390 Alumni Circle
Mobile, AL 36688