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Studying abroad is an exciting experience that can greatly enhance your education, bring you valuable international perspectives, new skills, and fascinating new knowledge. Some of the benefits may include: 
  • Earning credits towards your degree program
  • Developing language or improving your existing language abilities
  • Preparing for a career in diverse and international work environments ​
  • Gaining a new perspective in your field of study ​
  • Exploring new places; experiencing a different culture
Studying abroad is intended for any undergraduate student in any major. During your time abroad, you can take coursework in your major or minor or take elective credit courses. You will find many kinds of programs including some that offer internships or service learning experiences.

Graduate students are also welcome to study abroad, although the portfolio of programs may be smaller. 
Brockport offers nearly 100 programs and new programs are constantly being developed. Students can select from over 30 countries, on all seven continents. On our site, you can browse programs by city, country or region. Get started here!
Selecting a program which best matches your interests and fits into your course of study requires spending time doing self-reflection. Consider why you are studying abroad and how your chosen program will align with your personal and academic goals.

You should consider the following when browsing study abroad programs:

  • What courses do you still need to fulfill for your degree that you could take abroad?
  • Have you met with your academic advisor to discuss how study abroad will fit into your academic plan, outstanding courses and pre-approval of credits?
  • Review the admissions criteria to see which programs you qualify for.
  • Will the program require travel throughout the duration of your time abroad (I.e. faculty-led)?
  • Do you need a visa to enter this country?
  • The cost of living in a city is more expensive than a rural area. Will you need to commute to university? Does commute mean walking or paying for a bus or train?
Academic Accommodations & Support
  • How is the program coordinated on site?
  • Who will be your main contact (study abroad office, faculty leader, provider?)
  • Is the instruction English or a foreign language? Do you have pre-requisites to take classes in another language?
  • Does the program have the services and support you need to be successful during your time abroad?
  • Does the program offer dormitory, apartment or home stay accommodations?
  • Will you live with other international students, with domestic students of your host country or a family?
  • Does the program cost include housing?
  • How are you funding your experience (financial aid, scholarships, out-of-pocket)?
  • Are scholarships available that you qualify to apply for?
  • What is included in the program cost (i.e housing is not included in most semester programs).
Students should consider all these questions and more before meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor so they we are able to best understand your personal and academic goals and interests. 
The term exchange program indicates that a university has made an agreement with an international partner to exchange equal amounts of students in both directions. The main difference between exchange and study abroad is financially exchange programs tend to be less expensive. Exchange student pays SUNY tuition and fees while education abroad students are responsible for the foreign university tuition. Foreign university tuition is paid by a combination of SUNY tuition and the tuition differential (see costs section for more information). For many of our programs, we send students as both exchange and study abroad. It is important to understand there is no practical difference in how study abroad and exchange students are treated at the host university: both are integrated fully into the university community.
You can study abroad anywhere after your second semester of freshman year. First year students can study abroad only at the University of Roehampton during their spring semester their first year. All over study abroad programs are open to students who complete their freshman year. You should meet with your academic advisor as early as possible to discuss your academic plans and when studying abroad would best fit into your schedule. Programs vary in length, with some being as short as 1 week, or a full academic year. A summer/winter short-term program traditionally lasts 14 days. Students who wish to study at a university during the fall or spring semester have the option to go for one semester, or both.
Not necessarily; many students choose to study in English-speaking countries. Others may choose a program in a non-English speaking country, but with coursework in English. When researching programs, make sure to note the language of instruction.
Yes! We encourage all students to take advantage of international learning experiences. Here are some things to keep in mind: 
  • If you transferred a substantial amount of credits, there may be a limits to the amount of additional transfer credit recognized by Brockport
  • You may have a shorter window of time to plan for going abroad
  • You have to find programs in which you can complete credits towards your major ​
  • When applying, you need to provide transcripts from your previous college(s) or may need references from your former professors ​
Yes! We encourage all students to take advantage of international learning experiences. Here are some things to keep in mind: 
  • Depending on your country of origin and your country of study, you may have different/additional visa requirements
  • You should consult with your academic advisor/department as well as International Student Services to ensure you understand all policies for studying abroad.
All credit recognition must be approved by the appropriate advising office/department. For Brockport and other SUNY programs, you are guaranteed to receive credits towards graduation, however CGEE is not able to approve credits to go towards your major, minor, or Gen Ed requirements. You should bring any course information available (course description/syllabus) to your academic advisor to be evaluated and pre-approved. For many programs, you will not know the exact courses you can enroll in until you arrive. To be safe, you should receive pre-approval for more courses than you plan to enroll in so that you will have back-ups in case a course is full or cancelled while you are abroad. You should receive this pre-approval from the appropriate faculty/department before you go abroad.
Yes, but you should be aware that once you declare a major, your academic department may or may not recognize credits that were earned abroad because they were not pre-approved. If you are considering declaring a major, it is a good idea to speak to that department's advisor prior to going abroad.
The cost of studying abroad varies from program to program and according to destination. Be sure to look at program details and budget sheets to determine the exact costs of the programs you are considering. Factors that influence cost:

Tuition: Most education abroad programs have a set tuition. In SUNY this is your standard in-state or out-of-state tuition.

  • Instructional costs: Within SUNY, a program sponsor may add instructional and administrative costs to the standard tuition. The additional charge is a "tuition differential;" the amount varies greatly from program to program.
  • Costs of living: Student style cost of living varies greatly according to the location. In general, capital cities are noticeably more expensive than provincial areas. In many places the cost of living is greater than in the U.S.; in other destinations, the cost of living is less.
  • International airfare: The destination determines the price. Students should purchase changeable airline tickets even though they may be more expensive. Non-changeable tickets do not provide adequate protection for unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to read all of the provisions associated with airline ticket purchase. ​
  • Totals: Be sure to add up all the individual costs. A program with low tuition and fees in a site with a high cost of living may be more expensive than one with higher tuition and fees located where the cost of living is cheaper. ​
Yes! There are multiple scholarships available, some based on merit, and some based on financial need. Scholarships can be competitive so applications should be prepared with attentiveness to the eligibility requirements and criteria for selection. Find more information about the specific requirements on our website or email
To apply to a Brockport study abroad program, visit our Education Abroad website. You will need to create an account with our application system, which will allow you to come back to your application at any time. You will also find your admissions decision within.

After you create an account, remain logged in and visit the program page you want to apply for. Look for the “apply now” green button. A window will pop up asking you to confirm you want to open an application. After you click “yes” it will bring you to your application homepage.

If you are having difficulty creating an account or logging in, please email
Most Brockport and SUNY programs use a standard application. To apply to a Brockport program, the following materials are required on most applications:
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Study statement- a short essay in which you write about your purposes for studying abroad on a specific program
  • 2 faculty recommendations

  1. Many programs require an official copy of your transcripts. You should check the application instructions and give ample time for the transcripts to be sent from the registrar's office (can take up to two weeks) 
  2. Brockport students can request a transcript using this form
  3. Application materials vary by program. Some programs may have additional requirements. Make sure to read the instructions carefully to ensure a completed application by the deadline. 
  4. When your last application material is submitted, your entire application will automatically be submitted to the Office of Education Abroad. You will not manually submit your application.   ​
Each education abroad program has its own application deadline. Most application deadlines are sometime during semester before your intended semester (ex: if you plan on studying abroad in the fall, most application deadlines will be sometime mid-semester in the spring). Deadlines can change, so be sure to check when applications are due for your programs of interest because late applications may not always be accepted. With rolling admissions, students can anticipate receiving an admissions decision within 5-7 business days.
Each program has its own eligibility requirements. The GPA requirements range between 2.5 and 3.5. Some programs in non-English-speaking countries may have a language requirement. Other programs may require students to be at least juniors or seniors to participate. A vast majority of programs are open to all students, regardless of major. You should check the program description to see that you meet the eligibility requirements of the program before applying.
Congratulations! Now that you’ve been accepted, your first action to complete is to submit the non-refundable program deposit. This will be submitted directly from your online study abroad account. In most cases students will have 14 days to submit their deposit and secure their place on the program. However, students who apply late should submit their deposit right away.