Who Can Study Abroad
Students from any major can study abroad in almost any country. They can apply if they are at least 18 years old and have completed at least two semesters. Most GPA's must be 2.5 or higher. Check your desired program for details.
Utah State University and Office of Global Engagement respect the rights of people, of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, age and abilities. The U.S. and the university provide many resources and protections for anyone to feel safe and respected at the university. Other countries may not have the same protection, anti-discrimination laws or resources. While all study abroad students need to plan their experience in advance, there may be additional issues to consider.
LGBTQIA Student Resources
- Rainbow Sig
- Department of State LGBTI Travel Information
- Diversity Abroad
- Outright Action International
- Sexual Orientation Laws in the World
Women may have special considerations for travel, especially if/when they travel alone. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for women:
- Diversity Abroad
- Her Own Way - Canadian Government
- Journey Woman
- The Center For Global Education
- Expat Woman
- Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research
Multicultural students may have special considerations for study abroad. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for multicultural students:
Nontraditional students may have special considerations for study abroad. Please meet with your study abroad advisor to discuss program options. Below are resources for nontraditional students:
Students Searching for Heritage Programs
Students are considered heritage-seekers if they identify with the ethnic background of the country where they plan to study abroad. Studying abroad to better understand your ancestry can be a wonderful experience, though there may be frustrations that come with it. Below are some helpful resources for considerations when exploring a program for heritage-seeking reasons:
We welcome veterans to apply for a study abroad experience. Below are some resources if you have GI Benefits and would like to use them to study abroad.
Students with Disabilities and Health Concerns
Studying abroad is a very attainable goal for people with disabilities. When you are applying for a program, you must disclose any disability so that we have ample time to put any necessary support measures in place. We want to make sure that you are well supported while abroad and have a successful study abroad experience. The Disability Resource Center can help you determine what kinds of support services you may be able to receive while abroad. If you need any further guidance, please be in touch with your study abroad advisor.
Learn about USU student McKinley Benson's study abroad experience with chronic illness or disability.
Learn more about tips that may make your experience go a little smoother.
Below are more resources for students with disabilities:
- Study abroad questions for students with disabilities
- Diversity Abroad guide for students with disabilities
- Department of State information on traveling with disabilities
- ISEP Guide to Mobility Accommodations Abroad
This article gives a great analogy for understanding what someone with a disability might be going through on a daily basis.
For tips on accessibility in many large cities around the globe: Wheel Chair Travel
Learn more about taking medication while abroad.
Students with disabilities or health issues may have special considerations for study abroad, but it can be an incredible experience.
Post Graduation Opportunities Abroad
To learn more about exciting post graduation abroad opportunities, watch the video below.
The resources mentioned at the end of the video are available for review.