FAQs

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General Questions

We recommend you start planning at least a year in advance. You can start by meeting with one of our study abroad advisors, either by appointment or as a walk-in.

You can choose from study abroad options in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Australia. You can search for programs here.

We recommend junior or senior year, although second-semester freshman and sophomores may participate. Graduate students—and those in their final year/semester—can study abroad as well.

Cost varies by program and length of stay. You can use financial aid and most scholarships to study abroad during the semester, year or summer. The amount of aid you can use will depend on the program you choose. Please view our Costs page for more details.

Before you leave, you’ll meet with your academic administrators to ensure courses and credits will transfer back to Cal State Fullerton. Grades earned abroad are posted to your transcript and calculated in your GPA.

The key to staying on schedule with your degree is to remain in close contact with our office and your academic advisors. If you do that, studying abroad should not delay your degree.

Some programs require knowledge of a foreign language, but many provide courses in English while you also study the local language. If you’re studying a foreign language, we can help you find a program that offers a language-immersion course to help you improve your language abilities and understanding of the local culture.

Each study abroad program offers students living accommodations that include dormitory housing, apartments, home stay or bed and breakfasts.

Call or stop by the Study Abroad office, and one of our Study Abroad Advisors will be happy to set you up with a former study abroad student who can answer any questions you might have about their experiences abroad.

Reciprocal Exchange Programs

We recommend you start planning at least a year in advance. You can start by meeting with one of our study abroad advisors , either by appointment or as a walk-in.

You can choose from study abroad options in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Australia. You can search for programs here.

We recommend junior or senior year, although second-semester freshman and sophomores may participate. Graduate students—and those in their final year/semester—can study abroad as well.

Cost varies by program and length of stay. You can use financial aid and most scholarships to study abroad during the semester, year or summer. The amount of aid you can use will depend on the program you choose. Please view our costs page for more details.

Before you leave, you’ll meet with your academic administrators to ensure courses and credits will transfer back to Cal State Fullerton. Grades earned abroad are posted to your transcript and calculated in your GPA.

The key to staying on schedule with your degree is to remain in close contact with our office and your academic advisors. If you do that, studying abroad should not delay your degree.

Financial Aid

It is possible to use some form of financial aid for virtually every study abroad option.

To use your financial aid for studying abroad, you must work with our office to complete all necessary forms. This may include the financial aid consortium agreement with another university. Cal State Fullerton financial aid will not be applied to study abroad expenses unless these procedures are completed prior to departure.

It depends on your study abroad program cost, your financial need and the number of supplementary loans. In reviewing your options, you should also consider how much loan debt you’re willing to incur.

You do, but we’re here to help before you go. The Study Abroad office can help you make arrangements to ensure all funds are sent to the right places. You must make these arrangements before you leave, otherwise your aid may be delayed or may not be released at all.

You can find more information by visiting the financial aid office at UH146, FAFSA and Student Aid through CSUF Portal.

Still have questions?

If you need these or any other questions answered in more detail, stop by and visit with one of our Study Abroad Advisors for more information.