Semester Study Abroad

Studying abroad for a semester or year is a possibility for all eligible degree-seeking Berry College students.  Applying to study abroad is a two-part process: First, students complete the Berry application and are notified of approval by the International Programs Committee.  The IP Committee reviews applications and recommendations, and determines the final approval status of students. Upon approval, the student then applies to the host institution program, which is the second part of the procedure. 

Students on disciplinary probation may not study abroad the following semester. 

Berry College cannot guarantee students will be accepted by the host institution. Berry's minimum GPA requirement to study abroad is 2.5; however, students are responsible for knowing and meeting the GPA requirement of their study abroad program. 

Before meeting with the International Programs Director for an advising appointment, students interested in studying abroad should complete & submit the three forms on the IP page on the "Community" tab of Viking Web.

Students applying through Berry study on approved programs. However, if a student finds another program they would like to participate in, they may do so in  transient status. Students should be aware that transient credit is not considered "in residence" and be familiar with Berry's  "Major/Minor Requirements." Another option is to petition the International Programs Committee to have the program approved. Forms are available from the  IP office, and must be submitted at least 9 months prior to the program start date. 

Please note Berry does not usually support travel of faculty, staff and students to countries under a  US Department of State travel warning. Please contact the IP Director if you are planning to study in such a country.

For semester study, Berry students may choose from two types of approved programs:
1. Direct or Provider Programs
2. International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

1. Direct/Provider Programs 

These programs require students to pay Berry tuition and the program's room, meals and insurance costs, among  others. Berry then pays the tuition fee of the host university.  For this reason, a student can participate on such a program one semester.  In order to study abroad a second semester or academic year, students should consider exchange programs.  All applicants should submit the following completed application packet to International Programs by the appropriate deadline.  Students obtain these forms at their advising appointment:

  1. course substitution form with attached course descriptions
  2. waiver of liability
  3. optional power of attorney (see list of notaries public in left column)
  4. recommendation form from academic adviser (this reference may also be used for the scholarship application)

The selection committee will base its decisions on the following criteria:

  • completed application packet
  • student's GPA
  • year in school
  • any extenuating circumstances, as outlined by academic adviser

Once approved, students apply directly to the university or to the provider organization sponsoring the program.  Providers offer additional support to students before, during and after the study abroad experience.  Enrolling directly into a university usually requires a student be a bit more independent.

Deadlines for direct/provider programs: 
October 1 to study abroad the following spring
March 1* to study abroad the following fall

2. International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

ISEP offers placements in over 120 universities!  Students accepted into  ISEP exchange programs pay Berry College tuition, traditional room and unlimited meal plan costs. Click here for other ISEP fee information. ISEP has its own  application process, and the completed packet must be submitted to the International Programs Director in time to meet ISEP's stated deadlines. In addition to the ISEP application, students must submit the following completed documents:

1. course substitution form with attached course descriptions (this may wait until placement has been announced)
2. waiver of liability
3. power of attorney

ISEP begins reviewing applications by:
September 15 for the following spring
February 1 for the following fall 

All approved students will pay a non-refundable $300 deposit toward their Berry College tuition for the study abroad semester. If this is a hardship for students, please talk with the IP Director to make other arrangements.  This deposit should not prevent students from studying abroad. Click here for more financial information.  Students may use their Berry financial aid for one experience of Education Abroad on a direct/paid program. This includes tuition remission. For a 2nd experience, students must apply to an ISEP or other exchange program, or they may apply as a transient and pay costs out of pocket. Students may also study an entire academic year abroad on an exchange program.

All students must attend the two-part pre-departure orientation.  Failure to attend these could result in the forfeiting of the $300 deposit, revoking of IP scholarships or withdrawal from study abroad.  

For information on how to apply for summer programs, click here 

* Students who wish to apply for an International Programs scholarship for the following spring must also have applied to study abroad by this date.