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  • Office of Global Engagement

  • Kandy Turner

    • Director of International Student Services
    • University Center,
    • Upper Level
    • 610-499-4498
    • Contact for Semester Study Abroad and National Student Exchange programs

FAQs, Study Abroad

Find answers to frequently asked questions about global learning and study abroad opportunities at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left).

What is study abroad?
The Office for Global Engagement defines study abroad as any one of the following activities completed in another country: study, research, work/internships, and service learning.

Who can study abroad?
Any undergraduate, except for first-year students and final semester seniors, with approval from their academic department can study abroad any semester or for a full academic year. All students, including first-year students, may study abroad during the summer. There may be curricular limitations on when students can study abroad. Many study abroad programs have a GPA requirement of at least 3.0.

What subjects can I study while abroad?
Any major offered at Widener University can be studied abroad, provided the department or college approves the courses/credits. While many departments approve core coursework abroad, some departments prefer that students do elective courses while overseas.

Do I have to know a foreign language?
There are many study abroad programs in English-speaking countries and there are many study abroad program providers that offer coursework exclusively in English. Other program providers offer intensive language study with the option to take other courses in English or the foreign language. While knowing a foreign language will certainly make a student’s time out of the classroom less challenging, lack of foreign language ability should not prevent a student from studying abroad.

When can I study abroad?
Most students study abroad during their second semester sophomore year or junior year. Students should consult their academic advisor regarding the specifics for their major.

Where can I study abroad?
There are programs in most countries in the world. If relevant courses are offered, it is possible to study anywhere and receive credit with department/college approval.

Will my financial aid apply to study abroad?
Yes.  Federal funding always applies. However, university scholarships will not transfer to another institution.

What should my planning timetable look like?
Plan early! Freshmen year is a good time to schedule an appointment with the Office for Global Engagement for study abroad information. Search engines such as,, and are also good resources for finding programs.