Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to speak a language other than English in order to study abroad?

No. Previous language study is not required for any of the programs currently offered by UNLV International Programs.

Please note: Some field school, graduate research, student teaching, and special programs may require language proficiency.

Do I need to be a UNLV student to study abroad through UNLV?

No. UNLV accepts students from other universities on most of our study abroad programs.

If I participate in a UNLV sponsored program, how will my grades and transcripts be recorded?

If you study in a program where the courses appear on UNLV transcripts, you will receive UNLV transcripts. If you study in a program where the courses do not appear on UNLV transcripts you will receive a transcript from the foreign university that you attend.

How will courses taken as part of a UNLV sponsored program apply to my graduation?

It is essential that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course selections.

Why is it more expensive to study abroad than to attend UNLV?

For many students, it isn't. The cost of studying abroad on many UNLV sponsored programs is similar to the cost of UNLV's out-of-state tuition. Our study abroad programs are self-supporting. Your program fees are used to pay for expenses associated with running the program such as renting facilities and paying instructors.

Can I attend more than one program or study abroad in more than one country?

Yes. Students may study abroad as many times as they want and/or can afford. However, in order to graduate from UNLV you must satisfy University, College and Department requirements. In order to determine how study abroad will fit into your degree plans, you will need to see your academic advisor. Students in some programs may be eligible for continuing or returning student discounts, even if they do not continue at the same program site. Contact the UNLV Office of International Programs for more information.

How do I get financial aid to study abroad?

You apply for financial aid the same way you would to study at UNLV. After you apply to participate in a UNLV sponsored program, your name is added to a list given to the financial aid office. Financial aid bases your awards on your expected expenses (among other things). If your estimated cost for study abroad is higher than your estimated cost to attend UNLV, your financial aid awards may be higher.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Financial Aid?

Carlos Caso
UNLV Student Financial Services
702-895-4117
carlos.caso@unlv.edu

How are scholarship recipients selected?

UNLV's scholarships are based on academic merit, an essay, and participation in a UNLV sponsored study abroad program. Scholarships are a fixed amount which are based on the estimated cost of the study abroad program and how your application is "ranked" by the scholarship committee. Scholarships can be worth no more than 50% of the expected cost of the program, however, due to the large number of highly qualified applicants who apply, the committee normally gives less money to more students rather than larger sums to fewer students. It is recommended that you speak to UNLV's Student Financial Services Office to explore all of the financial aid options.

If I will studying abroad for more than one term, how will that effect my scholarship eligibility?

You should apply for a UNLV International Programs Scholarship for each term you intend to study abroad. Scholarships are awarded by term. If you intend to study abroad for the academic year, you should apply for both a fall and a spring scholarship.

Are there any activities offered as part of our study abroad programs?

Travel is an important part of any study abroad experience. Most programs include educational travel as part of the curriculum. Museums, guest lectures, and field trips are all part of the study abroad experience.

Is housing provided?

There is program-sponsored housing in most of our study abroad locations. Housing options include shared apartments with local students or other programs participants, homestays with a local family or dormitory facilites. All options are not available at all program sites but students are offered a choice of housing where choices are available.