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FAQ's

Where can I go?
What is the difference between exchange and study abroad?
What are the exchange programs in summer?
When is the best time to start thinking about going abroad?
Can I go abroad during my sophomore year?
Will the grades I take abroad affect my GPA?
This is my last year at AUB, can I still go abroad?
How will I get course equivalency for the courses I take abroad?
Is Erasmus Mundus a scholarship?
I am receiving financial aid; will it continue to cover me for my semester abroad?
What is the maximum amount of time I can spend abroad?
I want to transfer to another school, can you help me?

Where can I go?

Technically, you can go anywhere. If you plan to go on an exchange program you will be limited to our exchange partner universities. If you plan to study abroad, you can check our recommended programs. If you would like to go somewhere that is not included in the list of recommended programs make sure they accept visiting students.

What is the difference between exchange and study abroad?

Exchange programs include universities with which we have formal exchange agreements. They send us students, and we send them students. You will pay AUB tuition, as opposed to the host university tuition. There is a fixed number of students we are able to send each year. Therefore, you must first apply to OIP to be nominated. Students who plan to go on Exchange should have a minimum cumulative average GPA of 78. Study abroad is when you apply as a visiting student to a university abroad. There is no minimum average, but you must have a good academic standing. You will be paying the host university tuition, as well as the Internet and student activities fee at AUB in order to maintain your status as an active student.

What are the exchange programs in summer?

In the summer there are no exchange programs, only study abroad summer programs.

When is the best time to start thinking about going abroad?

It is best to start planning your semester abroad from your first semester at AUB in order to stay on track to graduate on time. You can start researching your options, narrowing your choices, and selecting the best option.  Check out the study abroad timeline to get a better idea of how to plan ahead for study abroad.

Can I go abroad during my sophomore year?

You must have a total of 24 credits at the sophomore level to be able to study abroad. There are no exceptions. You are, however, allowed to go abroad in the summer if you have completed 30 freshman credits at AUB.

Will the grades I take abroad affect my GPA?

All the courses that you take abroad, transfer back to AUB as either PASS or FAIL, therefore the grades do not have an impact on your GPA. However, you must receive at least a 70 or above in the course to get credit. [Please note: some faculties require an 80 or above in major courses, therefore it is best to check with your faculty before selecting your courses.]

This is my last year at AUB, can I still go abroad?

You are not allowed to study abroad in your last semester at AUB. No exceptions.  

How will I get course equivalency for the courses I take abroad?

You must complete the Study Abroad Form by the appropriate deadline; it will allow you to maintain your status as an active student at AUB. This form will also allow you to get equivalencies for all the courses you plan to take abroad. If you do not fill out the form, there is no guarantee that you will receive credit for the courses.

Is Erasmus Mundus a scholarship?

Erasmus Mundus is not a scholarship but rather a fund for exchange initiated by the European Union, which encourages cross cultural communication between certain regions and the countries of Europe. AUB is a part of the DUNIA Beam project, which includes different universities from different countries. If you plan on going on Exchange through Erasmus Mundus, your travel costs will be covered and you will receive a monthly stipend to cover most of your living expenses.

I am receiving financial aid; will it continue to cover me for my semester abroad?

Financial aid will cover you for exchange programs, but not for study abroad programs. If you are receiving financial aid and you do not have the budget for additional expenses, you should look at your options for exchange.

What is the maximum amount of time I can spend abroad?

You are allowed to receive credit for up to 30 credits abroad. Therefore, you can go for up to two semesters and a summer term.

I want to transfer to another school, can you help me?

The Office of International Programs does not handle transfer cases.

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