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Studying abroad for a semester or year is a possibility for all eligible degree-seeking Berry College students. Eligible students:

1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA
2. have spent at least two semesters at Berry by the time they study abroad
3. are not on disciplinary probation during the application process through the program's end date

How to apply

Complete three forms on the top right corner of the IP page on the "Community" tab of Viking Web.
Call us to schedule an advising appointment, 706-233-4065.

Complete the documents given to you at your appointment; note the deadlines:

  • Fall study abroad: March 1
  • Spring study abroad: September 25

Your documents will be reviewed by the International Programs Committee, who also reviews recommendations and determines the final approval status of students.

Upon approval, complete and submit your host institution's application. Berry College cannot guarantee students will be accepted by the host institution. Students are responsible for knowing and meeting the GPA requirement of their study abroad program.

Students applying through Berry study on approved programs. Approved programs are those semester programs listed on our website. 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." If applicable, students studying a semester or longer in transient status should also contact their lending institution to see whether not being enrolled in a US college or university will affect their loans. Another option is to petition the International Programs Committee to have the program approved. Forms are available from the IE office and must be submitted at least 9 months prior to the program start date. Please note that financial aid, including tuition remission, may be used toward only one study abroad experience; however, it is possible to study abroad more than once. Please contact the Director of International Experiences.  

Please note Berry does not usually support travel of faculty, staff and students to countries under a US Department of State travel warning. No institutional funds will be used to support travel to these countries.  

For semester study, Berry students may choose from two types of approved programs: 

  • Direct/Traditional Programs
  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)


These programs require students to pay Berry tuition and the program's room, board and insurance costs, among others. Depending on the number of applications, the students participating in these programs could be limited. All applicants should submit the following completed application packet to International Experiences 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 the sidebar of our Resources page for a list of campus notaries public) 
  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

Deadlines for direct/traditional programs:      
September 25 to study abroad the following spring 
March 1 to study abroad the following fall 


ISEP Exchange creates numerous study opportunities for Berry College students. Those accepted into ISEP exchange programs pay Berry College tuition, basic housing and unlimited meal plan costs. Click here for other ISEP fee information. ISEP has its own application process, and the completed documents must be reviewed by the Director of International Experiences 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 form (optional) 

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

All approved students pay a non-refundable $300 deposit toward their Berry College tuition for the study abroad semester. This deposit is due by the date stated in the student's approval email from International Experiences. If this deposit is a hardship, please talk with the Director of International Experiences before the deadline to make other arrangements. This deposit should not prevent students from studying abroad.  

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

 How to apply for summer Programs

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

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