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Study Abroad Requirements


You must meet the following requirements in order to study abroad:

  • Academic Standing: Applicants for study abroad must be in good academic standing. Some programs may also require a 3.0 or higher, so review the specific requirements of the program you want to apply.
  • Semester Completion: Students must have completed a minimum of one semester (full-time) at WTAMU and be making progress toward academic requirements as determined by their dean.
  • OSA Program approval: the program you choose will have to be approved by the OSA; we must ensure that it meets certain academic and safety and health standards before you go.

If you don’t meet the requirements right now, you will need to wait a while. For example, if your GPA is not high enough, you can postpone the study abroad program one semester or two, and in the meantime, work hard to get your grades up. Same if you were not registered as a full-time student the semester before you want to go abroad; you may want to wait one more semester, and make sure you meet this requirement.

If you are interested in a program that we are unable to approve, either because it does not meet our academic standards or for various health and/or safety concerns, we will try to find another option for you. The OSA needs to do a little bit of research before letting students go on just any study abroad program.

Language requirement
Even though some programs will require some language level - and we will need to check those requirements to make sure you qualify for the program - you do not need to speak another language to study abroad! If you don’t speak another language, here are some good news and a few options for you: first, you can choose to go to an English-speaking country. Believe it or not, there are more than 60 countries in the world where English is the official language! Second, you can also try to learn the other country’s language. Many students choose to participate in study abroad programs to actually gain/improve language skills, so this could be your opportunity to become proficient in other language.

Third, most of our programs, including faculty-led, reciprocal/exchange and through providers, offer translators to help you get around.

So, relax… even if you don’t speak the language, you can still communicate with locals, either in your own language or theirs, or with a little help from a translator!

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