Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions
How will study abroad programs fulfill my degree requirements?
Study abroad programs may give you credits that count in one or all of these areas of your degree:
- General Education - Plan early to apply study abroad credits to the University’s General Education requirements.
- Business Major Courses - After consulting with your academic adviser, it may be possible to fulfill business tool and core classes and courses specific to your chosen business major.
- Elective Courses - Study abroad programs are a great way to take unique and interesting classes to fulfill general elective credits.
When Should I Study Abroad?
The Center for International Business recommends that you study abroad during your sophomore or junior year or any summer. If you choose to study abroad during other semesters, you will need to meet with your academic advisers to ensure that study abroad does not conflict with your major requirements.
Map your academic plan with your departmental or academic advisor. As soon as you have chosen a study abroad program, use an Application to facilitate a discussion with your adviser.
- Look for courses abroad that will fulfill your major and/or General Education requirements.
- Be sure to meet with your adviser at least six months prior to departing for your program.
- Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choose more courses than you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the application, you will meet with your adviser. You will need a signature from an adviser. A particular course or schedule may not be available on your study abroad site, thus it will be useful to have received prior feedback on additional courses from your advisers. If your courses do change, inform the advisers.
What if I’ve fulfilled the graduation requirements I should have saved for study abroad?
Planning appropriately and saving the correct courses ensures study abroad credits apply towards your degree. If you have used some of the credits, study abroad can be taken partially as personal enrichment. Most study abroad grades appear on your transcript and affect your GPA, but the personal enrichment credits will not move you towards graduation.
Do I have to speak a foreign language?
No. The only programs that require foreign language proficiency are the language immersion programs.
Is there a minimum GPA required?
Most Belmont programs require a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the point of departure.
Can I afford to study abroad?
YES! Early planning for study abroad helps you make cost-effective program decisions and helps you prepare your finances through savings, scholarships, and financial aid. Financial aid applies to study abroad and, in some cases, your eligibility will increase to cover additional expenses.
Belmont University offers scholarships for study abroad, and the Rasmussen Center for International Education provides resources on these and a variety of other scholarships available.
Please click here for more information regarding program costs.
What are my next steps?
Attend a First-Step Meeting
- Learn about study abroad resources and advising by visiting the Rasmussen Center for International Education office.
- Use the Rasmussen Center for International Education catalog, website, and advisers to find a program that fits your goals.
- Talk to your adviser or the Center for International Business to determine appropriate classes that fit your curriculum.
- Complete the appropriate forms and submit them along with a $500 deposit by the deadline for each individual program. You may obtain the application from the Rasmussen Center for International Education office by clicking here.
- Get approval for specific courses.
- If necessary, you will also need to apply for a visa to enter and reside in the foreign country.