Getting Started

  • At the University of Dayton, we seek opportunities that allow our students, faculty and staff to connect with the global community.  This is accomplished through formal partnerships with international organizations and universities abroad that offer a variety of options for academic and professional development.

    Below are several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help guide your interest in studying abroad. 

How do I get started if I want to study abroad?

The Office of Education Abroad within the Center for International Programs has peer advisors and staff that can help you get started.  Coordination with your academic advisor will also be required if you plan on earning academic credit while abroad. Learn how to get connected with an advisor here

Will going abroad delay my graduation at all?

If you work closely with the Office of Education Abroad and your academic advisor, you should be able to plan for a study abroad experience that won’t delay graduation.

Which program is best for me?

It depends on the experience you want . . . Finding the best program for you is determined by a number of factors, including academics, finances, career aspirations and your overall personal goals for the experience.  If you are unsure of how to discern the best option for you, do not hesitate to reach out to your professional or peer advisors both in the Office of Education Abroad and your academic department.

Is it safe to go abroad?

The University of Dayton does not send students/programs to areas of the world considered to be high-risk or particularly dangerous. Processes are in place at UD to review site locations acceptable for travel by UD faculty, staff and students.  You may also visit the U.S. Department of State for more specific information about the location of your student’s program.

The University of Dayton has numerous resources and established processes to respond to emergencies that occur and impact all UD travelers abroad. These resources and processes include:

  • UD International Assessment Team
  • A top-rated medical and security support provider, available 24/7
  • Access to country intelligence by two risk management firms for all travelers
  • Mandatory pre-departure orientations
  • Emergency Response protocols
  • Emergency contact numbers, answered 24/7

How does it work, financially, if I want to go abroad?

Costs vary per program. The cost of a program may include tuition, tuition and fees or just fees.  Housing and other inclusions vary per program. Some semester programs are offered at no additional cost to a semester of study at UD.  UD and federal financial aid applies to many programs, but not all, and requires coordination with the Office of Education Abroad as well as Flyer Student Services to determine eligibility and ensure optimal use.  Scholarships are also available and vary in amount with some available via UD and some available via external organizations. It is expected that all students will incur personal costs while abroad (e.g. spending money) and a program advisor can assist with identifying which program options may best suit your budget.

What is my ultimate responsibility when choosing to go abroad?

You should complete all required forms in a timely manner, complete all predeparture activities, including attending orientation sessions, make travel plans, and do the necessary preparations such as familiarizing yourself with the host country, talking with returned students, setting up a communication plan with family and friends, attending to financial matters, understanding health and safety protocols, enrolling in the U.S. Department of State’s STEP program, and arranging passport and visa logistics.