Here are some of the most common questions we're asked and all of their related answers:
Don’t worry - this is a common issue.
Help! I can’t get logged in!
Please make sure that your username does not include "@up.edu". If it does, the system will not recognize you as a UP applicant and you will receive an error message.
Please do not attempt to reset your password. It will not work. You must use the same password that you use for everything else on campus.
EX: If your e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, then your username on this website is "stu01" and your password is the same as when you log into PilotsUP or Engage or Self Serve Banner, etc.
Worst case scenario, if nothing is working and you still can't get logged in, come see us in BC114 and we can help troubleshoot the problem.
Can I apply for more than one program at a time?Yes and no. Let us explain:
If you would like to participate in more than one program next year (ex: one summer program and one semester program), then yes! Please submit two separate applications - one to each program in which you would like to participate.
If you only intend to participate in ONE program, please only submit ONE application.
We want to make sure you are considered for your first choice program and submitting multiple applications for different programs only makes things more complicated during the evaluation process. When we evaluate applications to go abroad, we look for commitment and intentionality. We want to see that you’ve been thoughtful in your program choice, so don’t just apply to any old program. Really tell us why this is the right program for you.
If you are torn and can’t decide which program to choose, come see us! We’re happy to talk through your options and help you choose the one that’s best for you.
Also, there is a question within the application that asks for your second choice program. Feel free to list another program there and explain why you are also interested in this other option. If your first choice program fills up, it is helpful for us to see if you have a second choice option.
If you submit two or more applications, we will assume that you plan to complete both/all programs.
Which program is best for my major???Most of our programs are geared toward second year students and those who still need to complete Core Curriculum classes and electives. If you’re looking for something major specific, we would recommend checking with the Program Counselor for your major to see if they have suggestions, or, come in to see us for an advising appointment! We’re happy to help look at options.
Do I have to ask my RA for a recommendation? What if I live off-campus or if I don’t really know my RA?
If you live on-campus, your RA must provide your recommendation. No, you may not ask a professor. We are looking to get a sense of who you are outside of the classroom.If you live off-campus, you can ask either your RA from last year or someone else who knows you well – a coach or an employer, etc.
When are applications due?
- November 15. Applications for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Salzburg Year (2020-21) may be submitted anytime but must be completed by the priority deadline on November 15 in order to be considered during the first round of evaluation.
- There will be an extended deadline of February 15 for any Spring 2021 programs that have remaining spots available after the priority deadline decisions have been made.
When will I know if I got into my program?
- January 15, 2020. If you submit your application by the priority deadline of November 15, admission decisions will be released by January 15, 2020.
- If you apply for an open Spring program by the extended deadline of February 15, you will be notified by March 15.
Is the application process competitive?Yes. Studying abroad is a rewarding experience and, accordingly, the application process is competitive. You will not always get into your first choice program, even if you are a qualified applicant.
Sometimes we have plenty of space and every qualified applicant is offered a spot in a particular program. However, we are limited in the number of students we can accept to most of our programs and sometimes have more qualified applicants than spaces available.
We review applications holistically. This means that your academic performance, disciplinary record, recommendations, and application essay responses are all considered as part of the review process.
What does the Office of Studies Abroad look for in an application?
Students who excel in the following three areas tend to be the most successful in their applications:
Personal qualities: We seek students who demonstrate, integrity, resilience, and depth of character. This can be demonstrated: in the student’s personal essays; in the recommendations students receive from resident directors, faculty, or employers; in disciplinary reports from residence life indicating no disciplinary violations (students on disciplinary probation may not study abroad)
Academic merit and potential: We seek students with good academic standing who have: a GPA of 2.75 or higher, indicated in their essays the academic fit of their study abroad program to their major, and received academic approval from their college or professional school’s Study Abroad Liaison.
Intrinsic motivation: We consider students with strong and specific internal motivation to study abroad by reviewing the following: the clarity of the student’s goals as articulated in application essays and the strength of the student’s interest based on a review of the amount engagement (e.g. check in at study abroad events, meeting priority deadline for applications, meeting for office hours, enrolling in courses related to program such as necessary language courses or optional preparatory courses such as Maximizing study abroad).
Can I use Financial Aid when I study abroad?
- For most of our semester programs: yes! Your federal and institutional aid will transfer to the cost of the program.
- For our summer programs: your federal aid can likely be applied, but institutional aid cannot.
We strongly recommend making an appointment with the office of Financial Aid to check on the specifics - they look at your available aid and can go through exactly how much study abroad will cost for you!
Click here to find out more about financial aid and budgeting for study abroad.