In addition to Texas State faculty-based study abroad programs, exchange programs, and programs affiliated with Texas State, there are a number of programs not formally associated with Texas State that students may want to consider.
It is important to keep in mind that by going through a Non-Affiliated provider, you will not be considered a Texas State Student. Financial aid through Texas State is not available for these programs, but students are encouraged to look into other scholarships listed on the Financial Assistance page. Students may also investigate loans, such as private or alternative loans, through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Information about other Study Abroad programs may be found on websites such as Go Overseas, GoAbroad, and Studyabroad.com.
1. Attend a General Information Session
2. Do your research
Find courses that sound the most similar to what you still need to take at Texas State, decide which semester you would like to study abroad, and finally, choose where you would like to go abroad. This is the best process to use when finding a program that will be the best fit for you.
3. Meet with your Academic Advisor
This meeting will be to discuss the courses you still need to take at Texas State. This information will help you when you begin researching programs that will be the best fit for you.
4. Inquire about Scholarship Opportunities
While participating in a Non-Affiliated program, you are not eligible to use your Texas State Financial Aid and Scholarships. However, you may qualify for several study abroad scholarship programs. Some Non-Affiliated providers also offer specific scholarships, so we strongly recommend that you inquire about those financial opportunities.
6. Submit your Transfer Credit Agreement (TCA)
*Please find the Transfer Credit Agreement From in your Study Abroad online application.
Why do students need to complete this process before departing?
A. You will make the best course selection for your Study Abroad program after talking to your advisor about your academic goals and degree plan.
B. You will understand how the classes you plan to take and credits you earn will apply towards your major, minor or general university requirements.
C. You will have a documented, approved academic plan for your semester abroad.
D. If you do not complete this process, you may not receive credits for courses completed
1. Complete the Transfer Credit Agreement (TCA) form and upload it to your application.
- Attach the course descriptions for the courses you plan to take through your Non-Affiliated provider. These course descriptions can be found on the provider's websites. If you are unable to find the descriptions on the provider's website, it might be best to contact the provider directly.
- It is strongly advised to select more courses than what you really intend to take in case of course cancellations or schedule conflicts. Be sure to attach all course descriptions or syllabi, which you can find in university catalogs, websites, etc.
- Obtain as much information as possible about each of the courses you plan to take. It is your responsibility to obtain course descriptions from your prospective host institution.
2. The Study Abroad Office will review your TCA form and forward it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for course evaluation.
- The Transcript Evaluator may need to contact you if any additional information is needed.
3. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send the evaluated TCA form to your Academic Advising Center to determine if the selected courses satisfy degree requirements.
4. Once your Academic Advisor determines if the courses satisfy degree requirements, please upload the completed form to your online application.
5. The Study Abroad Office will email the evaluated/approved TCA form back to you.
* If you have questions regarding evaluated/approved TCA, please make an appointment with the academic advisor.
This process usually takes about 5-10 business day.
1. Communicate with your Non-Affiliated provider to ensure that your transcript was sent to the Study Abroad Office.
This can take several weeks.
2. Participate in the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest
You can find details about this contest on the Photo Contest page on the Study Abroad Office website.
3. Apply to be a Study Abroad Ambassador
Texas State welcomes you to share your experience with other students and become a Texas State Study Abroad Ambassador. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for details.
4. Double check to see that your coursework transferred over successfully
5. Attend the Own Your Experience Abroad Workshop
This workshop will allow you to share your experience with other students who recently studied abroad, as well as gives you tips on how to incorporate your study abroad experience into your job search (i.e. on your resume, social media, in an interview, etc.)
6. Purchase a Study Abroad Graduation Sash for your graduation.
Click here for details.