» Getting Started on Studying Abroad

Fall 2017 applications are open. Students who attended a First Steps session by November 18 have until November 28 to open an application and December 9 to finish the application. 

Read about cost and financial aid for study abroad.
Learn more about Diversity & Access resources and information for transfer students.

+ - Types of Programs

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Chapman students can select from over 90 semester and academic year programs! All program information is on the Global Gateway, the online application portal. Search for a program by major, location, financial aid applicability, or a number of other features.

Program Categories:

Integrated Programs at Foreign University
Higher cultural and educational immersion; larger variety of courses; classes with local, international, and U.S. students; Support from International Student Office. Includes Exchange Programs where a student from the foreign university will take a Chapman student's spot and attend courses in Orange for the semester. These experiences are very rewarding, as they are typically the most integrative types of programs.

Programs for U.S. College Students
Program is hosted at a study abroad center abroad with mostly U.S. students. Courses are in specific topics. Courses and activities structured toward visiting students through a U.S. based program provider with in-country staff.

Hybrid Program
Combination of an integrated program with university courses and activities specifically for visiting students.

Domestic Program: Chapman offers the Washington Semester Program where students spend a semester doing and internship and taking courses in Washington D.C. at American University.

Language of instruction depends on the individual program. Classes may be taught in English, the local language, or both.

+ - Eligibility for Study Abroad

Chapman University students who meet the following minimum requirements are eligible to participate in semester and academic year abroad programs:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0* at time of acceptance by Chapman University. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative 3.0 after acceptance.
  • Class Standing: sophomore, junior or senior status while abroad*
  • Junior or Senior level is usually required for internship-focused programs
  • Students who do not receive disciplinary clearance from the Dean of Students will be ineligible to participate. Students with conduct holds will require a meeting at the Dean of Students' office and need to be cleared in order to study abroad
  • Follow all deadlines and procedures to study abroad including attending a mandatory First Steps info session and individual advising appointment

Keep in mind that factors other than academics, such as essays, are also taken into consideration when assessing a student's potential for study abroad.

*Some programs may have additional requirements.

+ - Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 applications are open. Students who attended a First Steps session by November 18 have until November 28 to open an application and December 9 to finish the application. 

Applications are due two semesters prior to going abroad*: December for the following fall/academic year term and May for the following spring term.  Once your application is reviewed by the Center for Global Education, you are given preliminary acceptance into the study abroad program of your selection. Upon acceptance by Chapman, students then complete program provider/host institution specific applications in the following semester.

You can apply for an academic year abroad in one location or experience two different programs in one year. The application process is the same as it is for a semester program. You will need to complete two sets of application materials if you choose two different locations for the academic year and you will pay the $500 study abroad fee once. If you select one location for the entire academic year, you will only need to complete one application.

*Certain programs accept applications once for the entire academic year. These include exchange programs in Japan, Botswana, and Ghana. For example, if you wish to apply to most universities in Japan for either the fall 2017 or the spring 2018 semester, you would need to complete all application materials during the fall 2016 semester—almost 1.5 years in advance for spring 2018.

+ - Independent Applicants

Chapman University strongly discourages students from going abroad independently. The Center for Global Education has many diverse programs available and we encourage you to come speak with us if you have questions about program availability. If you choose to do so, please download the Independent Applicant instructions to learn more about status, transfer credits, financial aid, and support from Chapman if you study abroad independently.
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