Getting Started

What is Education Abroad? 


Education Abroad refers to the high-impact practice of Stockton students pursuing education in a different country other than the U.S., including, but not limited to:

  • enrollment in courses,
  • experiential learning,
  • internships,
  • service learning, and
  • other learning activities.
Education abroad usually involves academic credits.
(Adapted from the definition from the Forum on Education Abroad)


(Stockton Faculty-led Program to Japan)

Benefits of Education Abroad 

10 Great Reasons to Study Abroad GIF

Provided by IIE Generation Abroad

Benefits of Education Abroad





(* Data analysis by Stockton's Office of Institutional Research)

"It will change your life. You’ll come back a new person.” 

Education abroad has unique benefits that you will not gain in other practices. Participants have reported significant gains in the following categories: 

  • Personal Growth
    • Increased self-confidence
    • Served as a catalyst for increased maturity
    • Has had a lasting impact on world view
  • Academic Commitment
    • Enhanced interest in academic study
    • Influenced subsequent educational experiences
    • Reinforced commitment to foreign language study
  • Intercultural Development
    • Helped me better understand my own cultural values and biases
    • Influenced me to seek out a greater diversity of friends
    • Continues to influence interactions with people from different cultures
  • Career development
    • Acquired skill sets that influenced career path
    • Ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience
(Dwyer, M. M., & Peters, C. K. (2004). The Benefits of Study Abroad. IES Abroad News.)


What You Need to Know about Education Abroad

In order to ensure your academic success, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • No academic probation
  • Be at least a second semester freshman/transfer student

Long-term Study Abroad Programs: You will study abroad more than 3 weeks, usually one semester or even one year. 

  • Exchange Programs

    • You will study abroad at one of Stockton's Global Partner Institutions.
    • You will pay Stockton's tuition and fee and pay housing and meals to the partner institution.
    • We will transfer credits back to Stockton after your studying abroad.
  • Providers Programs
    • You will study abroad through third-part providers.
    • You will have access to more and diverse programs.
    • You will pay tuition and fee to the providers.
    • We will transfer credits back to Stockton after your studying abroad.
  • Petition Programs
    • You will directly enroll in a targe institution.
    • You will pay the tuition and fee to the target institution.
    • We will transfer credits back to Stockton after your studying abroad. 

Short-term Study Abroad Programs: You will study abroad less than a semester.  

  • Faculty-led Programs
    • You will register and take a "regular" Stockton course on campus. 
    • You will travel with Stockton faculty and classmates.  
    • The trip usually lasts 2-3 weeks and happens before (e.g. December), during (e.g. the Spring break), or after (e.g. May) the course. 
    • You will pay the trip cost to Stockton University. 
    • You will receive Stockton credit for this course. No extra credits for the trip. 
  • Research/Internship/Service-learning Programs  

Generally you need to consider the following three factors: 

  • Academics: You need to choose the program to match your major and desirable courses.  
  • Personal Goals: You need to consider the outcomes of the program to match your expected goals, such as language skills, boosting confidence and independence, etc. 
  • Program Costs: You need to compare the oveall cost of the program, including tuition, fee, housing, meals, airfare, local travel, visa, etc.  

You can start planning your study abroad at any time. Here is a rough timeline: 

EA Process

Application 1: Complete an online Stockton study abroad application that includes the following:

  • Application Essay
  • Consent for Treatment
  • Disciplinary Record
  • Provider Application (complete separately through you provider's webpage)
  • Travel Waiver
  • 2* Recommendation letters (send requests electronically on your application)
  • Copy of Health Insurance Card
  • Copy of valid Passport
  • Emergency Contact Info
  • $200 Application Fee
  • Cost Sheet
  • Course Selection Sheet
  • Safety Quiz

To create a Stockton application, please contact for more information. 

Application 2: Some study abroad programs might require another separate application with the Providers (i.e. Semester-long Provider Program) or Host Institutions (i.e. Exchange Program) on their websites and their application fee.

If you want to know how to make study abroad happen, please make sure to attend our Education Abroad 101 Workshop. In this workshop, you will receive the most recent update from OGE staff and then get ready to start an application. We usually offer one workshop each month (Tuesdays or Thursdays on reserved period).

Education Abroad 101 Workshops

In this workshop, we provide all basic information about how to make study abroad happens, topics such as cost and scholarship opportunities, how to apply, and which provider to choose. No RSVP needed.  See current and upcoming workshop dates and location in OGE Event Calendar.