FAQs

Historically, the top destinations for students have been the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Australia, and Denmark. SMU Abroad offers program options in all regions of the world from Latin America to Africa and the Middle East, to East and Southeast Asia.  Due to COVID-19, only Virtual Abroad Internships are currently available. Open an Advising Application to be the first to know when other program options become available.
Matriculated students may apply to study abroad after completing one full semester of study (Fall or Spring term) at SMU. Students who matriculate as transfer students must complete one full semester of study at SMU in order to be eligible to apply for study abroad. Options include January, May, Summer, and the full Fall or Spring semesters.
Yes. However, students are discouraged from studying abroad during their final full semester of study at SMU because SMU Abroad cannot guarantee that abroad credits will be processed in time for graduation in such cases.
SMU Abroad's primary academic concern is that students continue to make degree progress while studying abroad. We have crafted our programs, advising, and application process to best facilitate students meeting graduation and degree requirements. The application requirement the Proposed Plan of Study Form (PPOS) lists abroad courses the student is interested in taking. This form is completed by the student, reviewed by our advisors, and then it is sent to the student's academic advisor for review and endorsement.
The application process is online and completed in phases. Students must submit application materials to SMU Abroad for all programs. For some programs, students may be required to submit materials directly to the provider. Please review the application process for more information.

SMU Abroad reviews all applications for completion and accuracy, but admission decisions are made by SMU Faculty. Acceptance letters are sent via the application portal. 

January, May & Summer:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by a Program Director or a Faculty Liaison. Response time varies, but students are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.

Certain hybrid programs have additional provider admission requirements. See program for details or ask your SMU Abroad Advisor. 

Semester:

Applications are reviewed by the Semester Application Review Subcommittee immediately following the Early Decision and Regular Decision deadlines. Students are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of one of these deadlines. 

All tuition is paid directly to SMU through the Bursar.

January, May & Summer: 

Fees vary based on program and are paid in the student's application. Exact amounts and amenities included can be found on the Cost & Aid page. 

Semester:

General student fees are paid directly to SMU through the Bursar. Additional program fees (housing, deposit, etc.) are paid directly to the provider.

Airfare is not included in the price of programs. You will make your own travel arrangements and pay the travel agency or airline directly. Be sure to check on the program brochure what is included and what is not included in the program fee. Please refer to the Cost & Aid page for additional information on the cost of study abroad. 

Grades earned abroad will be posted to the student's SMU transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative and SMU GPA. Academic credit earned abroad counts as credit earned in residence.

Grade Options for Courses Taken on SMU Abroad Programs

Courses taken on SMU Abroad fall and spring term programs may not be taken on a no-credit or pass/fail basis. The only exception to this policy is for courses designated by SMU’s academic departments with no credit or pass/fail as their only grading basis option. Students who study abroad on SMU Abroad fall and spring term programs are enrolled in a SMU placeholder course to denote full-time enrollment. This placeholder course (designated with a Z) is taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Students must submit their transcript from the study abroad program showing successful completion of credit hours to receive a grade of CR in the ZPRV course.

Courses taken on SMU Abroad summer programs and during Jan Term (January) may not be taken for a grade of NC (No Credit), but students may petition for one of these courses to be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must petition approval for the pass/fail option from the program director and the faculty member teaching the course. The deadline to complete the Undergraduate Pass/Fail Option Declaration form to petition for a course taken on an SMU Abroad summer program is the payment deadline for the program; for Jan Term classes, the deadline is no later than the second day of classes for Jan Term. Forms are available in the schools’ records offices.

Transcripts must be sent directly to SMU Abroad, not to the registrar's office. SMU Abroad sends the transcript to the registrar's office after performing initial processing.