Study Abroad Advising Tips

As faculty member or advisor, what you say to a student will have a huge impact on their study abroad decisions and experience. If you have not spoken with students before about studying abroad, it can seem like a daunting prospect, but keep in mind Education Abroad is here to help you. Below is a guide to some key talking points (PDF) to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Why study abroad?

  • A stronger resume and improved job/internship prospects and references
  • A competitive edge in applying to graduate school
  • Increased self-awareness, confidence, and adaptability
  • A better understanding of cultural values/biases
  • Improved intercultural communication skills


When to study abroad?

We have had freshmen through seniors study abroad. If students choose a program attached to their major, it may have prerequisites or it may be intended for a certain time, such as junior year. We advise all students to first seek guidance from their Academic Advisor before applying. 
It takes a lot of time to plan to study abroad. So, students are encouraged to start the process at least a year in advance.


How long is study abroad?

Anywhere from a week to a year! We have many semester-long options, but also short-term programs from a few weeks to a month. It is all about the best academic/cultural fit for the particular student.

What is the GPA requirement?

It can vary, but typically ranges from 2.5 to 3.0.


Can I use aid and scholarships?

Financial logistics can vary, but typically students pay KSU tuition + room/board costs through their Bursar’s account, and they can often utilize all of their federal, state, and institutional KSU aid. Study abroad typically adds less than 5-10% to the total cost of a student’s degree, and there are MANY scholarship and funding resources available!  We always recommend that students reach out to our Financial Aid Counselor for Education Abroad, Jessica Russell, to find out what aid can be applied to their specific program.  They can reach Jessica Russell at  You can also find more information here:


What are the program options?

All programs can be found by going to our Program Search feature.  Below is a brief overview of the programs offered.

  • KENT STATE FLORENCE, ITALY: KSU-Florence offers a unique Italian experience with strong on-site support and a variety of academic offerings, study tours, and field trips throughout the region.
  • KENT STATE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Through our partner, Webster University, Kent State Geneva is a distinct program that offers a wide range of courses, as well as the opportunity to intern with top international NGOs and non-profit organizations.
  • KENT STATE PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Kent State Prague is the product our partnership with Anglo-American University.   This program allows you to take courses taught in English in areas such as Business Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication, Jewish Studies, European Studies, International Relations, and the Visual Arts.  Kent State Prague also offers the opportunity for students to intern with local organizations.
  • INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES: KSU has a variety of partner universities through which students can study for a full semester or longer. There are great financial incentives to specific programs, and a variety of destinations, including South Korea, Japan, and Brazil.
  • ISEP: The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a network of more than 300 institutions in 50 countries that offers students more options for finding the best academic, geographic, and cultural match for their field of study and areas of interest.
  • KENT STATE FACULTY-LED COURSES: Short-term and guided by Kent State faculty, these programs take place throughout the year in many formats and are great for students who want to study abroad without committing to a full semester.

What are the deadlines?

Deadlines vary by program, but below are some general dates:

  • Fall: mid-March/mid-April
  • Spring: mid-Sep/mid-Oct
  • Summer: early April


Who to contact?