Why Study Abroad?
Why not? Studying Abroad is a great opportunity for you to explore the world, have an adventure, immerse yourself in a new culture, meet interesting people, gain independence, learn or perfect a foreign language and become a global citizen. It will not only enhance your academic career, but it will also help you to gain valuable international experience which is appealing to employers and graduate and professional schools.
Remember, studying abroad
is first and foremost an academic experience and therefore it requires an
appropriate level of academic effort by you throughout the application and
acceptance phases and also while abroad.
Study Abroad at UTEP
There are a number of study abroad opportunities available for UTEP students. Since every program is different, it is essential that you do extensive research before you apply to study abroad. You can browse our website, visit our Resource Library (in the Study Abroad Office) or speak with returning study abroad participants, but please remember that not every program is ideal for every student. Therefore, the Study Abroad Office is committed to assisting you to find a program that meets your academic and personal needs. Once you have attended an informational session, create an account on UTEP’s Study Abroad Office website and research the available programs. Finally, please schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Office to discuss your application.
UTEP’s Study Abroad Requirements*
Requirements for UTEP, CONAHEC, or ISEP programs:
Requirements for Third Party Provider programs:
* Please note, meeting
the minimum requirements does not guarantee you acceptance into any Study
Abroad program. Certain programs may
have higher acceptance criteria. All
applications are reviewed by a Study Abroad Selection committee. Selection is
based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to your total
educational and disciplinary record, educational objectives, level of
preparedness and interpersonal maturity, recommendation letter, well-written
essays, and quality of your overall application.
Types of Study Abroad Programs
Faculty or Departments may offer courses which are taught abroad as part of the
UTEP curriculum. Course length varies
depending on the program. For these
courses, you are assessed normal tuition and fees and are charged additional
fees to cover program costs. You will
receive UTEP grades and credit and financial aid can be used if you qualify. Please see the Faculty-led programs section for more information.
UTEP or CONAHEC
You attend an international partner university for one or two semesters. You pay UTEP tuition and financial aid can be used if you qualify. Credit earned may be transferred back to UTEP with permission from the departments and your academic advisor.
ISEP Exchanges or
You attend an ISEP partner university for one or two semesters. For ISEP Exchange, you pay UTEP tuition, room and board and financial aid can be used if you qualify. Credits earned may be transferred back to UTEP with permission from the departments and your academic advisor. For ISEP Direct, you pay a program fee determined by the host university, financial aid can be used if you qualify. Credit earned may be transferred back to UTEP with permission from the departments and your academic advisor.
Third Party Provider Programs
are also able to participate in study abroad programs that are offered by
private, third – party providers approved by UTEP SAO. These programs, offered in numerous locations
around the world during the semesters and summer of the academic year, are usually less competitive and you are required to pay a
program fee to the providers. Many
providers also provide scholarships for which you are able to apply. You will
have to check with the Office of Student Financial Aid
to see if you are able to use your financial aid to help cover the costs of
your program. Credit earned may be transferred
back to UTEP with permission from the departments and your academic
Deadlines vary depending on the program. Please visit the Announcements page for current application deadlines.