Planning your study abroad experience is easier when you have resources to help guide you.
FAQ & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the application deadline?
Spring Break Programs:
- Final Deadline - 11:59pm on Oct 24
- Priority Deadline - 11:59pm on Dec 1
- Final Deadline - 11:59pm on Feb 1
- Spring Exchanges - 11:59 pm on Sept 1
- Fall Exchanges - 11:59pm March 1
- Will study abroad count for world language and cultures credit?
To use international experience to satisfy the WL&C requirement, you must complete an approved study abroad program of at least 6 credit hours and at least 6 weeks abroad in duration
Complete a combination of two overseas programs totaling 6+ weeks and 6+ credit hours abroad. You can only combine two overseas programs if both of the following conditions are met:
- Both overseas programs must, at a minimum, be three weeks abroad in duration
- You must earn at least 3 credit hours from both of the overseas programs
*The two overseas programs do not have to be completed during the same summer.
SPEA Abroad has multiple ways to fulfill this requirement.
OPTION 1: Complete a semester exchange
OPTION 2: Complete a 6-week/6-credit summer program
OPTION 3: Combine two SPEA Abroad summer courses (that are both 3+ weeks and 3+ credits).
- Can I participate in more than one summer program?
Yes. However, if you are a SPEA undergraduate student you are limited to 6 SPEA credit hours of V482/E482 without SPEA advisor approval for additional credits.
- What happens if I withdraw from a spring break or summer program?
If you are going on a spring break or summer program, once you submit your letter of acceptance to our office, you are immediately liable for a non-refundable pre-payment ($250 for spring break, $500 for summer).
SPEA Abroad Program Fee: Withdrawal before the program begins
If you withdraw from the program after you submit your letter of acceptance, but before the program begins, you will be responsible for all costs the SPEA International Office has committed or paid on your behalf and are non-recoverable at the time of withdrawal (possibly including housing, meals, excursion fees, health insurance, and transportation). It is important to note that the longer you wait to withdraw, the more fees that will become non-recoverable.
SPEA Abroad Program Fee: Withdrawal after the program begins
If you withdraw from the program after it begins, you must send a formal statement to the SPEA International Office that indicates the last day you attended the program activities and explains the arrangements you have made with the program director for finalizing participation. The SPEA International Office will consider a partial refund of the program fee only 1) if you become seriously ill or 2) if an emergency requires you to return to the U.S. In these cases, the amount of the refund will be determined individually on the basis of costs recoverable by the SPEA International Office at the time of withdrawal.
IU Bloomington Tuition Charges
Tuition reimbursement depends largely on when you withdraw from the course. Please contact the Bursar for more information on drop deadlines.
If you decide to withdraw from a program, it is your responsibility to send a formal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining the reason for withdrawal. We will notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of your withdrawal. Please note that students who withdraw from a program should expect to repay any financial assistance (scholarships, grants, etc) awarded for the program.
- What are the biggest expenses to study abroad with SPEA?
Tuition: You will pay tuition for all SPEA Abroad programs based on the number of credit hours. Our programs range from 1-15 credit hours. The cost per credit hour will vary based on your student status. Please refer to the Bursar’s Office for specific rates.
Flight: For most SPEA Abroad programs you are required to purchase your own flight.
Program Fee (spring break and summer): All of our spring break and summer abroad programs have a program fee that covers housing, medical insurance, some food, group excursions, etc. This cost will vary greatly depending on location, length of program, and additional amenities that are included in the fee. Check the program pages for details.
Housing (semester): For our semester exchanges you are responsible for the cost of your housing. This will be the biggest variable cost between semester programs, as the cost-of-living differs greatly across the world.
- What scholarship opportunities are available to me?
Please visit our scholarship page to learn more.
- Who is eligible to get the SPEA Abroad scholarship?
Any person pursuing a SPEA minor, certificate, or major is eligible to receive the SPEA Abroad Scholarship.