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Getting Started

Advising

  • Contact IPO for an appointment with an IPO study abroad advisor
  • Ask to be connected with a peer advisor who has studied abroad themselves
  • Have a quick question? Drop-in advising hours are Mon-Fri, 9:00-12:00, first come - first served
  • Check frequently for announcements of study abroad information fairs and small group presentations sponsored by IPO

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for study abroad, a student must be at least 18 years of age and have completed one semester and at least 15 credits at time of application.
  • All participants in UMass Dartmouth study abroad programs must be matriculated students and registered for credit.
  • Students must have a declared major.
  • Criteria to be considered "in good standing" at UMass Dartmouth include (some programs may have additional requirements):  
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (for semester or academic year) or 2.0 (for summer) at time of application
    • Student account paid in full
    • Satisfactory student conduct history. Student conduct history is provided to the International Programs Office by the Office of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution.

How to choose the best study abroad program for you

Study abroad complements the goals you have set for yourself while at UMassD and beyond. What kind of experiences abroad will help you most in meeting those goals? See what other students have identified as goals while studying abroad.

Study abroad cost considerations

Cost is an important consideration as you find the perfect program to meet your goals. There are many affordable options that are comparable to the cost of a semester at UMassD. To learn more click here.

Ready to start exploring options?

2015 faculty-led programs and direct exchange information is listed in the online program database.

Consider these third party study abroad providers.  UMass Dartmouth has had very good experiences with them and most offer scholarships or discounts for UMass Dartmouth students. 

AIFS CIEE
API ISA
CIS SIT
SACI SEA Semester

 

Read all about study abroad and making the most of your experience

You are eligible to receive a free eBook of A Student Guide to Study Abroad, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation.  

You are eligible for this free eBook because the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth joined IIE’s Generation Study Abroad campaign to help more students to be able to study abroad.  The book sells for $14.95 (print edition) and $5.99 (eBook), so we encourage you to take advantage of this benefit, and to take a look at this useful book wherever you are in the process – whether you are already planning to study abroad, or just beginning to consider whether it is right for you.

 You can download your free copy of A Student Guide to Study Abroad from any computer, phone, or e-reader.  Just go to www.iie.org/studentguidedownload and select the file format that works for you.

Learning how to interact with people from other countries and cultures will be essential for all careers, whether in business, manufacturing, engineering, government, academia or not-for-profit. Study abroad is one of the best ways to gain these skills, and we want to make sure you are armed with the information needed to make one of the most important decisions of your academic career. 

Topics include:

  • Deciding how to choose the right program
  • Figuring out the financials
  • Making the most of your time abroad
  • Immersing yourself in the culture
  • Staying safe and healthy
  • Transitioning back to life in the States
  • Incorporating the study abroad experience into a winning job search

Other credit-bearing opportunities abroad

If you are looking for a specific program and can't find it in the IPO "Horizons" database, contact the International Programs Office for an advising appointment.  We can help you determine if its approved, and how to apply.  The IPO also advises on Service-learning and Research placements.

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