Student FAQ’s

Below are frequently asked questions about the application process. Please contact our Program Advisor, Megan Bell at mbell@bcastudyabroad.org or 717-361-6614 if you have need additional information.

Why should I study abroad?

There are lots of great reasons to study abroad including learning about a new culture, gaining language skills, or boosting your resume. To learn more about read the benefits of studying abroad page.

How do I choose a study abroad program?

There are many factors to consider when looking for the perfect study abroad program for you. Not only will you need to decide where to study abroad, but you will also want to consider the different benefits of studying on one program or another. Read more about our programs and why students choose BCA.

What programs are good for __________ majors?

Most students are looking for study abroad programs where they can earn credits toward their major. Our Search by Major page will help you to identify locations where courses are available for your specific major.

How do I apply for a program?

The first step in choosing a study abroad program is to meet with your school’s study abroad advisor who will work with you to evaluate your personal and academic needs and goals. Understanding which courses will work for your major and transfer back to your school is an important part of your planning. After you receive the support of your advisor, you can start the application process. Please keep in mind the deadlines and requirements for study abroad in your location of interest. For more detailed advice check out our How to Apply webpage.

How do I get approval from my advisor to study abroad with BCA?

During the application process, your advisor will be asked to submit a recommendation to BCA to approve your participation in study abroad.

What is the GPA Requirement?

BCA expects students to have at least a 2.6 GPA across their course work prior to their study abroad term.  Certain host universities have GPA requirements that are higher, so it is important to verify this when applying for a particular program.

What is the application deadline?

Application deadlines vary based on the program and term in which you wish to enroll. Review our application deadlines page to learn about specific deadlines.

When will I find out if I am accepted?

Once you have completed all the steps in the application system, you will be notified within 10 days.

How can I afford study abroad?

Many students have concerns related to the cost of study abroad. Check out this webpage to learn more about calculating costs for studying abroad and comparing program costs. You can also read more about how to budget for your study abroad experience here.

Will my Financial Aid transfer to study abroad?

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you contact your school’s study abroad advisor and financial aid office to determine your school’s policies.At some schools, the federal grants and loans that you receive to study at your home campus can be applied to study abroad with BCA. Many U.S. colleges and universities will also allow you to use school-awarded scholarships in addition to federal grants. In those cases, it may mean that the cost to study abroad is about the same cost that you pay your home college or university in tuition, room and board. Again, you’ll want to check with your school’s financial aid office to confirm your study abroad expenses.

Does BCA offer a scholarship?

Yes, we do! We have a limited number of scholarships based on financial need. Please apply here.

What are study abroad visas and how do I apply?

Certain countries require that students apply for an entry visa prior to departure for the program. Specific information about the visa process for your host country will be available to you on your BCA Terra Dotta account after you are accepted into the program. However, you can read about some general guidelines for applying for study abroad student visas here. You can also order a free student visa guide.