NDSU international students are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad in any location outside their home country in order to further their understanding of the world. Below is an FAQ that answers some of the common questions about this process.
- Does my Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship apply when I study abroad?
Your scholarship does apply to programs where you will be paying NDSU tuition and fees such as NDSU exchange, ISEP exchange and faculty-led programs. The Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship only applies to base rate non-resident tuition. Keep in mind that some faculty-led programs are through NDSU's Distance and Continuing Education (DCE) which charge North Dakota tuition rates instead.
- How do I count my Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship hours while I'm abroad?
Study abroad counts as academic and cultural sharing hours, so you may submit 10 hours before you leave the semester that you will be abroad or while you are abroad. Be sure you complete the form stating that your study abroad fulfills the academic and cultural sharing requirement.
- Will my U.S. visa remain valid?
As long as you are not physically out of the U.S. for more than 5 months, your visa will still be valid. However, if you are physically absent from the U.S. for more than 5 months, you will need to apply for a new U.S. visa before re-entering the United States after you complete your study abroad experience. If you plan to be out of the country more than 5 months, please make an appointment with your international student advisor.
- What if my visa expires before I return to the U.S.?
You will need to obtain a new visa before returning to the U.S. or you will be denied entry.
- Will my I-20 still be valid?
Yes, you will be registered as a student here at NDSU and your I-20 will still be valid. However, before re-entering the United States again after studying abroad, make sure you have a valid signature on page 3 of your I-20. Signatures are valid for 1 year. Have your I-20 signed for your re-entry before you leave for studying abroad (or mail it to the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services for a recent signature while abroad).