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Frequently Asked Questions

What will study abroad look like?
Although international travel and study abroad is once again becoming possible, your experience will likely look different from what you always imagined for yourself. Please be advised that all on-site study abroad options are contingent on health and safety conditions and are subject to change at any time. You’ll need to approach study abroad with an open mind and a great deal of flexibility.

What majors can study abroad?
All majors can study abroad! It just takes academic planning with the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center.

What if I'm a freshman?
You can still study abroad on a faculty-led short-term program or spend a semester at our Madrid campus!
Meet with the undergraduate academic advising team to build a multi semester plan and tell them you wan to plan to study abroad!

Am I eligible?
‚ÄčTo apply to study abroad at Suffolk, you must:
  • be currently enrolled with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (Note: Some programs have higher GPA requirements.)
  • be a sophomore or junior by the time you plan to go abroad for non-Madrid semester-long programs
  • not have transferred to Suffolk with more than 60 credits
  • be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with the University
  • meet with a Study Abroad Advisor no more than 10 months or less than one business week prior to the application deadline
Students with less than 30 credits (first-year students) and students within 30 credits of graduation (seniors) may only study at our Madrid campus.

Is it safe to study abroad? Is study abroad accessible to all?
Yes! There are lots of ways to make study abroad a reality for you: How do I start the process to study abroad?
  • Recommended - Attend an info session. Learn more what your dream semester could look like and start your applications
  • Required - Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor at least one business week before the application deadline. Get an individualized meeting to discuss your options and start the application process
  • Before you meet with an advisor or attend an info session, spend some time on the explore page and have an idea about where you want to go and the programs that you want to explore more!
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to have courses pre-approved.
When is the application deadline? 
Summer/Fall/Academic  Year: March 15
Spring: October 15

**Please be aware that external programs may have earlier deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit all required materials by this deadline. Appointments with study abroad advisors are first-come, first-served and must happen at least one business week before the application deadline. Please plan accordingly.

Do I need a passport and a visa?
If you are planning to travel internationally, you will need a passport with at least one year of validity remaining on it. If you do not already have a valid passport, apply for a new one right away. Please review the U.S. Department of State’s website for full details.

Student Visas:
You may need to apply for a student visa in order to engage in an on-site study abroad program. The Center for International Education and Study Away will assist you with this process, but ultimately it is your responsibility to secure the required visa. In the event of program cancellation, Suffolk University is not able to reimburse students for any unrecoverable visa fees.

When should I start making travel arrangements?
All Programs: If you plan to engage in an on-site program, you should not book travel until your study abroad program or university has given you clearance to do so.

*Disclaimer: Suffolk University is not able to assume/reimburse any costs associated with a cancelled or interrupted study abroad program (flights, visas, etc.).