Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Go?Over the past fifteen years, PLNU students have studied in over 50 different countries on every continent except Antarctica. Check out our programs.
When Should I Go?Most students choose to study abroad during their sophomore or junior years. However, we have had many seniors study abroad each year. It is best to plan far ahead, even as a freshman, for your semester or year abroad and work with your advisor to determine the best semester to go. Summer programs are also available.
*Freshman are not permitted to study abroad during their first two semesters at PLNU, but can begin to participate in study abroad programs beginning the summer after their freshman year
Will A Semester Abroad Delay My Graduation?No, with the right planning and advising beforehand, a semester abroad should not delay your graduation. In most cases, a semester abroad can be fit seamlessly into your overall program of study at PLNU. Students typically take a combination of major/minor and general education courses, approved in advance, that fulfill the same requirements as courses take on campus. If a particular program is going to delay graduation, we do out best to make sure students know that beforehand.
Will The Credits Transfer?Yes, if you attend a program approved by the PLNU Office of Global Studies and the courses you take are pre-approved by your department advisor and/or the OGS. The OGS staff will provide advising so that courses you take abroad will meet PLNU general education, major/minor, or elective credit requirements.
Is there a minimum GPA to study abroad through PLNU?Yes, the minimum cumulative GPA to study abroad is 2.5. At PLNU, we see studying abroad as an opportunity for both personal and academic growth. The transition to living and studying in another country is rewarding and worthwhile, but not always easy. We want our students to be properly prepared for their time abroad, and maintaining a good GPA is one sign that students will take their international education seriously.
*Beginning with Spring 2017 applications, the qualifying GPA for study abroad will change to a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
How Much Will It Cost?Most of our study abroad programs are comparable in cost to a semester at PLNU (excluding travel to and from the destination).
SPRING 2016 and summer STUDENTS ONLY: You will pay your individual program costs. Your program will bill PLNU for your program costs, PLNU will pay your bill for you and apply that cost to your PLNU student account.
Beginning fall 2016: You will pay PLNU semester tuition and housing costs. Meal prices will vary depending on the program. Some programs may have an additional surcharge.
As part of the study abroad application process, all students will meet with their Student Financial Services Advisor to go over program costs and financial aid specifics.
Will My Financial Aid Apply?**FOR SPRING 2016 STUDENTS ONLY: Your federal and state grants and loans may be used to pay program costs. Institutional scholarships and grants may only be used if your academic major requires study abroad. For a list of majors that require study abroad, please click here.
Beginning fall 2016: For approved programs with partner institutions, federal and state grants and loans, along with PLNU institutional scholarships and grants may be used to pay program costs. For PLNU faculty-led programs, federal and state grants and loans may be used; the amount of PLNU institutional scholarships and grants that may be used varies by program.
Are There Any Extra Costs?What is included with the cost of each program varies, but tuition, fees, and housing are standard for almost every program. In some cases, meals are also included. Extra travel and normal day-to-day expenses are extra.
SPRING 2016 and summer STUDENTS ONLY: PLNU charges a $450 study abroad fee for semester long programs and a $250 fee for summer programs.
Are There Scholarships Available?Yes there are! Check out our list of scholarships, grants, and loans available to students studying abroad online. Also, many of the study abroad programs offer financial aid to their students. Check on your study abroad provider's website for more information.
What's The First Step?For program inquiries, program admission and/or general questions about studying abroad, please email email@example.com or call the PLNU Office of Global Studies (619) 849-2972. All students are required to attend an information session to begin the process. Sessions are offered Mon-Fri at 4:00pm in the Office of Global Studies.
Can I take passport/visa photos in the Office of Global Studies?Due to new photo regulations, Passport and visa photo services are no longer available within the Office of Global Studies. Photos can be taken at local pharmacies and photo centers nearby campus. For specific recommendations, please contact the Office of Global Studies.
Can I transfer credits from a non-approved program to PLNU?
All students interested in international study must choose their courses from the Office of Global Studies' approved list of programs. Courses taken elsewhere must be evaluated by an OGS-approved external evaluation service at student cost. However, transfer of credits to PLNU is not guaranteed and university decisions about the transferability of such courses are not eligible for student petition or appeal.