While we want to make studying abroad/away as affordable as possible for our students and to be accommodating as possible, a few rules are essential. It's important students are aware of these policies. When a program application is submitted, be aware of the guiding policy, so that misunderstandings can be avoided. 

Deposit Amount

  • A $200 deposit and completed application paperwork is required to hold a student’s space on a study abroad/away program.
  • After a student makes an initial deposit and completes the application paperwork in Terra Dotta, the student will be contacted by the Study Abroad Office via AU email. The SAO will then confirm if they are accepted into the program and give the required next steps. All information provided in the online application to sign up is mandatory to complete prior to acceptance. This is because there is critical information to help guide the traveler on a variety of travel related concerns, including the financial terms and conditions that govern study abroad and study away programs.

Your Financial Aid & Study Abroad/Away

Your financial aid package can often be applied toward study abroad costs, including HOPE, Pell, federal loans, etc. Visit the Financial Aid webpage for some tips or contact your Financial Aid Counselor. It is recommended that you check with Financial Aid and your Academic Advisor before applying to a study abroad/away program.

We recommend you use our budget template when deciding which program to participate in. Fundraising is another option to assist with costs. There are many resources on how to get started and success tips.

If you would like to request a Payment Extension please complete the following form via Docusign for SAO consideration. We try to be flexible with the understanding that there is a timeline we must follow to pay vendors. Usually, extensions can be granted for a couple of weeks past the payment due date but will consider all requests on a case-by-case basis.




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Study Abroad Office

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

AH E134



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2023-24 Withdrawal Policy

Transferring to a Different Program

  • If a student decides they would prefer to travel to another destination at another date and time they must check with the Study Abroad Office to see if this is allowable (based on timing and space availability).
  • The deposit will be transferred if, and only if, both study abroad/away programs are within the same fiscal year.
  • Deposits cannot be transferred to a program in a future fiscal year. No exceptions.