Frequently Asked Questions

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What is required to apply?

The application requirements will vary program to program but generally include: a statement of purpose, application fee, official transcript, two letters of recommendation (from a professor, academic advisor, and/or employer), course selection, accommodation application, and any forms required by the institution abroad.  All of the necessary application materials will be accessible via students’ UW-Platteville Education Abroad online application.

What if I want to apply to more than one program, should I apply twice?

Students are only allowed to apply for one program per term.  The UW-Platteville Education Abroad office and the student’s academic advisor can help determine which program better fits the student’s academic and personal goals and needs.

Who can the letters of recommendation come from?

Academic advisors, professors, and employers are all appropriate recommenders.  One of the two letters of recommendation must come from a professor or academic advisor as someone who can attest to academic ability.

What if I don’t have a U.S. Passport?

Submitting a copy of your U.S. Passport is part of the education abroad application.  Students who do not have a U.S. Passport at the time of application, can apply for one while applying to study abroad and notify the UW-Platteville Education Abroad office at the time of application.  With that information, the UW-Platteville Education Abroad staff can continue processing the study abroad application with the knowledge that the U.S. Passport is on its way and will be received by the time the student departs.

Will each program be offered every term?

UW-Platteville Education Abroad programs are offered for every term advertised unless low enrollment forces cancelation. 

UW-Platteville Exchange programs are offered every year, but some programs may only be offered in the spring semester or are only available for an academic year.

Short-Term Faculty-Led programs may not be offered every year, please contact the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office for availability details.

Affiliate programs are generally offered every term, but interested applicants should confirm with the education abroad program provider.

How many students do you accept per program?

UW-Platteville Education Abroad programs generally have open enrollment, but in some cases, a cap may need to be set on enrollment should an excess of qualified applicants be received.

UW-Platteville Exchange programs do have limited places per term, please contact UW-Platteville Education Abroad for more information on availability.

Short-Term Faculty-Led programs do have limited places per term, please contact UW-Platteville Education Abroad for more information on availability.

Affiliate programs may or may not have limited places per term, interested applicants should confirm with the education abroad program provider.

When will I know if I am accepted?

This, again, depends on the program.  In some cases, UW-Platteville Education Abroad decides on who is accepted into the program, and in others, it is up to the discretion of the education abroad program provider or the institution abroad.  In all cases, UW-Platteville Education Abroad can typically review completed applications within a week and will notify the student of acceptance or that they are a good candidate and that their application will be forwarded on to the appropriate people for final approval.

Is financial aid available for education abroad?

Yes!  Education abroad is an academic program and therefore financial aid applies.  Financial aid for education abroad is determined in the same way as it is determined when attending classes on campus, with the exception that the additional costs of studying abroad are incorporated into the academic budget for the semester.  Students should visit their financial aid office to learn more.

What if I haven't received financial aid before?

Remember that students' need increases when their expenses for the semester increase.  Even if students are not currently receiving financial aid, they may want to consider applying for it for the academic year during which they plan to study abroad.  Students should visit their financial aid office to learn more.

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