The Center for International and Special Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
This page is frequently updated with new FAQs, so please check back often.
How do I start the study abroad process?
Check out our “Getting Started” page on our online application portal for information on program types, eligibility for study abroad, study abroad planning, and additional information. Read more about the Citadel study abroad application process here.
How do my courses transfer back after a study abroad program?
Read about the course approval and transfer credit process here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions.
How can I prepare to go abroad?
Check out our study abroad pre-departure orientations and frequently asked pre-departure questions on our online application portal here.
Can I use my financial aid package for study abroad?
You may use your financial aid package to cover study abroad, however check with the financial aid office to discuss payment plans and disbursement for independent programs.
What about my scholarships while I am away?
Although your grades are processed as pass/fail while you are abroad if you have a scholarship a grade/point system will be assigned to ensure you fulfill your scholarship requirements.
As an Air Force, Army, Marine-option or Navy cadet, can I participate in the Global Scholars Program?
Cadets planning to commission may participate in the Global Scholars Program, and should discuss possibility of distance enrollment in the appropriate ROTC course while abroad.
What do students have to say about previous study abroad experiences?
We have Citadel instructor blogs and photos from previous Citadel-led study abroad programs here as well as a few student blogs on our website here.
Are the classes harder abroad?
Most students reported back that the classes were comparable to Citadel coursework, not harder or easier.
How do I apply for a passport?
Instructions & Requirements for Applying for U.S. Passport
U.S. Passport Application Form DS-11
Do I need a student visa?
Depending on what country you are traveling to and how long you will be there you may have to obtain a student visa. Your program provider will inform you whether one is required or not before your departure and how to go about getting one.
Students who intend on studying abroad for a semester in Spain, Italy, or France: Apply early for your visas as a personal appointment with the consulate is required
How much do students spend per month living abroad?
It depends on the country, on average, students who studied abroad in past semesters spent between $750-$1000 per month ( to include costs related to getting out and experiencing the culture- museums, restaurants, nightlife, etc.)
What is the most useful thing previous students suggest taking abroad?
Will my cell phone work abroad?
Check with your current phone service provider to compare international calling plans. Some study abroad programs offer a discounted rate for international cell phones and service plans so check with them so see if a cell phone is provided. Many students choose to access applications such as GroupMe, WhatsApp, and FaceTime using only WiFi. If you bring your laptop or have computer access, remember that Skype is free and a great way to keep in contact with your friends and family at home.
Should I use a credit card or debit card?
Most countries accept Visa and MasterCard as well as debit cards. Check with your bank to find out international service fees and see if there is a partner bank in the country or city you will be in that offers low transaction fees. It is important to always have a backup plan as well in the event that your wallet/money gets lost or stolen.
Can graduate students study abroad?
While there aren’t many package programs designed for graduate students, if you want to study abroad, there are many ways to make it happen.
Most Citadel programs will allow graduate students to participate in their undergrad programs for credit with by way of an independent study/ research component. This varies by program and it is up to the progam director to determine whether or not graduate students can participate.
Students should check with their department or advisor to find out which specific opportunities exist that may offer an appropriate intercultural or international component.
Will the Global Scholars Program be available fall 2022 and how do you qualify to get in the program?
As of fall 2021, we plan to run the fall 2022 Global Scholars program for eligible sophomore, junior, and senior cadets with a GPA of 2.5 or higher with no class one offenses within the last academic year. Students qualify by meeting the eligibility requirements and applying on our website – it is a first-come-first-serve opportunity for eligible cadets during our application period (for a fall semester, applications open in January and the typical deadline for application is April 15). Depending on a student’s major, he or she may be directed to a specific program.
Is the Global Scholars Program all inclusive for the cost of the semester of tuition and fees plus $500?
Yes. Students pay Citadel tuition and fees plus a $500 program fee through their Citadel eBill account. Depending on the program, the student’s fees may be deducted for meals, textbooks, etc. If a program does not include one of these items, it will be clearly stated ahead of time on the specific program’s application page.
Does it require a certain GPA and if so what would that be?
Yes – 2.5 for our regular Global Scholars program options; it could be higher for our recommendation-only department specific programs (for example, our Wales program is specifically geared toward upper-level Political Science majors and requires a 3.0 GPA). The GPA requirements will be clearly stated on the program’s application page.
Are all three programs available for fall 2022?
As of right now, we are planning to run our Athens, Greece program as well as our Rome, Italy program. We have not yet decided if we are running the Nicosia, Cyprus program, but will likely announce a program in its place next spring (2022). All programs will be advertised on our website once programs open (likely in January 2022).
Is lodging included in the programs? Does the program involve Citadel Faculty directing the program?
Yes – lodging is included in all of our programs. With any larger group of students (approximately ten), a faculty member is present for the entire semester. In smaller groups, a Citadel faculty member or staff member from the Study Abroad Office will be present for orientation and will make at least one visit during the semester. Each of the universities has a full-time staff dedicated to assisting students with questions and concerns related to housing, academics, etc., and the students will have access to student services on-campus as well as a dedicated Study Abroad Advisor from The Citadel on any of the programs.
Do the cadets wear civilian clothing or military clothing while abroad?
The students on Global Scholars programs wear casual civilian clothing; on specialty military programs, such as our exchange program through Helmut Schmidt in Germany (a German department program), students may have to wear specific uniforms.
How regimented is the program?
The program will be closer to a semester at a non-military college – students choose their own academic schedules, will not have nightly curfews, will have free weekends, etc. We emphasize the importance of time management for any student on one of our Global Scholars programs in order to ensure their academic success.
Will students have time to explore and live on their own while studying abroad?
Yes – as of the fall 2021 semester and current European travel restrictions, we are HIGHLY recommending that students be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to minimize the possibility of having to quarantine while traveling. Proof of vaccination is also needed for travel and will likely continue to be the case as we move forward with study abroad in future semesters.