Choosing a program can be one of the most challenging but exciting parts of the planning process of going abroad. Be sure to attend a Study Abroad InfoSession so you can start out your search with all of the tools you need to get started. It is also recommended that you consult with the Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Programs and your Academic Advisors to help you locate available programs that might be a good fit for you. It can also be helpful to talk to former study abroad participants. Consider the following questions when deciding which program is best for you.
Costs - Which Program Is Right For You?
NDSU Exchange, ISEP & Faculty-led Programs
All NDSU and ISEP Exchange and Faculty-led programs have the same tuition and fees as a semester at NDSU. Do you receive a tuition waiver? Exchange programs are a great fit for you because the tuition is waived just as if you were attending here at NDSU.
NDSU Exchange: Students on exchange are responsible for the costs of airfare, housing and other expenses while abroad. Housing is typically arranged through the host university abroad and students pay their room and board costs.
ISEP Exchange: Students who study abroad through an ISEP exchange program pay a program fee which covers room and board. The room and board costs are charged at the NDSU housing and meal plan rate. Other costs, such as airfare and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student.
NDSU Faculty-led: For faculty-led programs, students will pay a program fee which often, but not always, includes costs such as room, board, in country travel, health insurance and airfare. Other costs, such as personal expenses are the responsibility of the student.
NDSU Direct & ISEP Direct Programs
Students attending an NDSU Direct or ISEP Direct program will have NDSU tuition waived as they will be paying the host university's tuition. A small amount of NDSU fees will be charged for registration purposes. Students are responsible for room, meals, airfare and personal spending money.
NDSU works with several affiliate providers in order to offer students an even wider range of study abroad options. NDSU tuition is waived as students will pay the affiliate provider's program fee. A small amount of NDSU fees will be charged for registration purposes. Most providers include costs such as tuition, room, meals, health insurance, excursions, etc. in the program fee. Each provider is different, so please be sure to research exactly what your program fee includes.
Other Important Factors
Is it an appealing location to me?
Are there classes offered in my major/minor?
Are there interesting classes outside my major/minor?
Is it an accredited university that issues transcripts?
Are excursions included?
In what language are courses taught?
Are there introductory language courses?
Are classes primarily with foreign, native or other American students?
Is there an orientation session?
Is this program open to all students?
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Is it for specific majors/age/year in school?
Other Associated Costs
Application fees Are there additional application fees that would apply for your program?
Living expenses The cost of living can vary significantly from country to country. Even if the tuition cost is inexpensive, a high cost of living can make a particular program more expensive for participants. The Lloyds Expat Tool has some information about the most expensive cities in the world.
Travel expenses What are the costs for airline tickets to your particular country? If you want to travel on weekends and during breaks, how expensive will travel from this country be?
Other program expenses Are there extra expenses for your program, such as housing deposits or course fees for certain classes?
Visa costs Consider also the cost of applying for the visa needed for your country. Some countries require that you travel to another city such as Chicago or New York in order to apply for a visa in person.
Scholarships/financial aid Are there additional scholarships available for your program, country, or subject of study? Does the type of program affect your financial aid eligibility because it is non-credit bearing or some other factor.
Dates of Program
When do you want to study abroad and for how long? Talking to your academic advisor and department are a great place to start when considering the best timing for your study abroad exerience.
Fall and spring semester options Which semester works best for you to complete major and minor requirements or general electives?
Academic year options Is there a year that would work for you to be abroad?
Summer options How when and for how many weeks would you like to study abroad? Financial aid guidelines requiring 6 credits for direct loan eligibility apply.
With other international students, Americans or native citizens?
How are meals arranged? Meal plan or self-catered - or a combination of the two options?
Other Important Considerations
Why do I want to study abroad?
Have I explored other countries/programs (even places I never thought about before)?
Am I prepared mentally, physically, academically for this?
Do I want to travel/work/volunteer before or after the program dates before returning home?
Office of International Programs North Dakota State University Phone: +1 (701) 231-7895 - Fax: +1 (701) 231-1014 Campus address: Memorial Union 116 Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave / Memorial Union 116, Fargo, ND 58102 Page manager: Office of International Programs