Frequently Asked Questions—Study Abroad

Study Abroad


Eligibility requirements?

You must:

  • have been a student at Michigan Tech for 2 or more semesters
  • have a GPA of 2.75 (some programs require a higher GPA, a few allow a lower)
  • have the approval of the Dean of Students


Do I have to be a Michigan Tech student to apply?

Most Summer programs do not require participants to be Michigan Tech students. In order to participate in an Exchange program, you must be a degree-seeking student at Michigan Tech. Non-Michigan Tech students may not apply.



Study Abroad tuition will at be at least the same as your Michigan resident or non-Michigan resident tuition rate. In the event the partner program (USAC, EPS, Semester at Sea, Kingston University, etc.) cost more than the Michigan Tech rate, students will be charged the higher rate. Tuition and the Michigan Tech application fee will be added to your Michigan Tech tuition bill, Follow the tuition payment schedule set by Michigan Tech. 

Total cost of study abroad programs varies depending on the following:

  • Program length
  • Services provided by the program
  • Amount of travel included
  • Cost of living in the host country

 NOTE: Information on costs will be provided upon acceptance to study abroad by Michigan Tech.


Financial aid?

Your Michigan Tech financial aid all travels with you – except for work-study. The "Cost Sheet" that IPS will fill out for you is given to Financial Aid, and if necessary/possible, your financial packet may be adjusted. If you have questions about your financial aid, please contact Michigan Tech's Financial Aid Manger, Alyssa Wood



Visit our Financial Aid/Scholarships web page.


Course credit?

As part of the Michigan Tech Study Abroad Application, you will fill out the Course Planning Sheet before you go abroad. The Course Planning Sheet will list all courses you're taking abroad that are pre-approved by your academic advisor and the Study Abroad Coordinator. All courses you take abroad will transfer back as Michigan Tech credits. Study abroad courses may be used for major/minor, gen ed, or free electives. 

All coursework taken abroad will be posted on the student's official Michigan Tech records/transcripts as the Michigan Tech course equivalent (e.g. HU 2700). Grades will be recorded as Exchange Pass (EP) or Exchange Fail (EF). The name of the host country and university will also be noted on the transcript.

NOTE: If you change courses while you're abroad it is your responsibility to notify your Study Abroad Coordinator and academic advisor, and provide the course description to determine a Michigan Tech course equivalency. In addition, any changes in your program such as early termination, extension, or a change from full to part-time status must be submitted to the Study Abroad Coordinator in writing.


Can I go if I co-op?

You can go abroad if you co-op. You just have to participate during one of your school terms and be sure that the dates of the program will not interfere with reporting to your co-op job as scheduled. Also, if you are not going to be taking a full-time load of classes while abroad, you need to discuss your plans with your Co-op Advisor.


Do I have to speak a foreign language?

Many study abroad programs offer courses taught in English; however, some programs do require foreign language skills. Though learning a language may not be required, we encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity, academic or extra-curricular, to gain language skills. Becoming proficient in a foreign language will allow you to communicate effectively with the locals and have a better grasp of the culture in which you are living.


How do I apply?

We have more information on how to apply to a Michigan Tech Study Abroad program.



You first need to apply with Michigan Tech to study abroad. Once you've been approved by Michigan Tech, you can apply to your study abroad program (ISA, USAC, EPS, JCMU, Semester at Sea, exchange). 

The Michigan Tech study abroad application deadlines are the following:

  • Summer study abroad: March 1st
  • Fall study abroad: April 1st
  • Spring study abroad: October 15th 


Programs available?

We have a variety of programs available.


Can I go on a program offered by another university?

Yes, you may, if the program is pre-approved by your Study Abroad Coordinator. Please note that your financial aid may not fully transfer to another university’s program, and it will take longer for your credits to transfer to Michigan Tech.


Can Grad students go?

Yes, they may.


Study abroad during my last semester at Tech?

You may participate in a Michigan Tech study abroad program during your last semester.

NOTE: EXCHANGE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS—Please be aware that sometimes study abroad transcripts will not be forwarded to Michigan Tech in time for you to graduate that same semester. Please make sure you're aware of this risk before you decide when to study abroad. 


May I participate in more than one study abroad program during the same term?

No. You may only participate in one study abroad program at a time. However, you may register for Michigan Tech online courses during the same term.


Michigan Tech's 36 - Hour Rule?

Michigan Tech policy states, "No student may be considered a candidate for a degree unless the final 36 credit hours required for the degree are earned in residence at Michigan Tech and approved by the major school."

Since credits earned on Michigan Tech programs abroad are considered Michigan Tech credit hours in residence, you can go abroad on Michigan Tech study abroad programs during your final 36 credit hours at Michigan Tech.


Can I enroll late at Michigan Tech if my study abroad program end date runs into Michigan Tech's start date?

If you are returning to campus after the semester starts, you will need to speak with your instructors to see if they will allow you to make up the work you miss. Instructors will be listed on Banweb's course registration search program. If the instructor is not listed, speak with that department to find out who will be teaching or contact the Registrar's Office,.