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Study Abroad

Adding a national or international program to your résumé is a valuable asset to any bachelor’s degree program. Study abroad helps you build greater self-awareness, self-reliance and self-esteem, greater clarity in career choices and life goals, a distinguished résumé and expanded career opportunities, as well as cross-cultural awareness and communication skills.

The Office of International Education (OIE) is a unit of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point dedicated to providing low-cost, academically based travel-study for students. Participants often consider our programs to be the highlight of their university career. Perhaps no other opportunity can teach you as much about your world, your country, and yourself.

Fall 2023 (NSE) and Spring 2024 Applications Now Open!
Visit the OIE website for more in-depth information on fees, credits, passports and much more!

Frequently Asked Questions

All credits earned on approved UWSP away programs are granted through UWSP. In general, they are 300 (junior) level or above and many are general education requirement courses. In some cases, independent study options are also available. To ensure that the offered courses fit into your overall academic program, plan early and consult your adviser.

Give serious consideration to your academic and vocational aspirations. Any experience away will add to your future employability and broaden your personal horizons, but those that link to your long-term goals will be even more valuable. Some programs are less expensive than others, but all offer an incredible experience.

For the list of all study abroad programs, please follow this link.

Your primary consideration should be how the experience will help fulfill your goals. We welcome appointments to talk about your specific needs, or just stop by the office during walk-in hours, Wednesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm in DUC 203.

You are eligible for most programs if you have at least a 2.50 Grade Point Average (GPA) or are in good standing at another college or university. Check with the OIE about special application requirements and study abroad opportunities. Our language specific based programs in France; Germany; Spain and Mexico require a minimum 2.75 

Program costs include:

  • Full-time undergraduate Wisconsin resident tuition for semester programs; Minnesota resident students pay a reciprocity fee. Other out-of-state students must pay a nonresident surcharge which is based on the number of credits.
  • All UWSP Study Abroad air travel must be booked through Fox World Travel.  NO semester long programs include air. For Semester Costs please see our website. For summer costs please see our website. When airfare is included, airport departure taxes, where applicable, are also included. For programs that do not include the air, we will provide you with the information to book your airfare with Fox World Travel. (This does not apply to NSE students).
  • CISI health insurance for your “official” time abroad; all students participating in UW System study abroad programs are REQUIRED to have the state mandated health/travel insurance coverage. UWSP OIE builds this cost into your program price. Under no circumstances are you allowed to opt out of this mandatory coverage.  (This does not apply to NSE students.) 
    • In addition, all participants in UWSP study abroad programs may also buy their own health insurance to cover extra medical/hospital costs in the event of sickness or injury while abroad.
  • Area field trips required as part of class requirements while at your major site
  • Guest lecturers and guides.

Put some serious thought into studying abroad or National Student Exchange. If all you want is a vacation, your money may be better spent with a travel agency. Studying abroad and NSE can be exhilarating as well as frustrating, fascinating and frightening. It is a commitment to education as well as step outside of the norm.

UWSP Study Abroad and NSE exist to open doors for you. You should approach this experience with humility, with an open mind, and with a spirit of discovery, in the hope that you may learn about new cultures and other parts of the world. In that spirit, the Office of International Education invites you to share this adventure.