These FAQs are meant to supplement the program and procedural information already provided on the Study Abroad website. Please feel free to contact the Center for Study Abroad with any questions you have regarding semester off-campus programs. Answers to many of your questions can be found below and at our program pages which contain a wealth of information and may provide the answers you seek.  If you need assistance in finding contact information for a program, please contact our office and we would be happy to provide you with this information.

Q: Do I still pay normal George Fox tuition and room and board as I have previous semesters?

A: Yes, you will be billed by George Fox for your George Fox tuition + room & board (with some variations, depending on the program).  For some of the more expensive off-campus programs there you will be charged an additional program fee.

Q: Do I keep my George Fox financial aid package?

A: Yes you keep all of your financial aid.  Tuition Remission students must pay the additional program fee. (If you have financial-related questions, please direct them to your Student Financial Services Counselor) 

Q: Will my credits transfer? How do I find out what they will transfer as? (GE, elective, major, etc.)

A: Yes. Talk to your CAP Coach in the Career and Academic Planning center, the registrars transfer specialist, and your academic advisor for specifics. All credits from a George Fox approved program will transfer to George Fox. However, you will need to plan which of your off-campus courses transfer for General Education or can be counted in your major. This must be finalized BEFORE you leave for your program.

Q: Am I responsible for paying for and booking my own flight?

A: Yes, you are responsible for paying and booking your flight. This must be coordinated with the off-campus program.  

Q: Does George Fox pay my deposit and any application fees?

A: No, you are responsible for paying both deposit and application fee. Your deposit will be credited to your student account (for ALL programs), your application fee will not. 

Q: Will I be able to fly with other George Fox students to my semester off-campus destination?

A: That depends on whether other George Fox students are going to your same destination and whether you can coordinate your flights together. You also must coordinate your flights with the off-campus program.

Q: Can I go to my destination before the semester begins and/or can I stay longer?

A: Yes, as long as you are present when your program begins through its conclusion.

Q. Does George Fox offer summer off-campus programs?

A. Yes, several external programs offer summer programs.

Q. Can transfer students study off-campus?

A. Yes, as long as they attend George Fox for two semesters prior to studying off-campus.

Q: Do I need a visa to study abroad?

A. Most study abroad countries require student visas. Some actually require that you apply in person for your visa at the consulate in San Francisco or Los Angeles. This is your responsibility, however the Center for Study Abroad will help if possible. Visas are becoming more complicated so it is essential that you begin this process immediately after you are accepted into the off-campus program.

Q: My program begins at a later date than George Fox. Can I live on-campus during this time?

A: No. Although you are still considered a George Fox student for the semester, you are not eligible for on-campus housing.

Q: Does the Center for Study Abroad require anything of me before/after my semester off-campus?

A: Yes, students accepted for off-campus semester study are required to:

  • Attend an initial acceptance meeting in early February.
  • Attend two pre-departure orientation sessions, the semester before the study abroad program, facilitated by the Center for Study Abroad.
  • Attend a re-entry session facilitated by the Center for Study Abroad upon return (graduates exempt).
  • Complete an on-line evaluation including a two-page (minimum) reflection of the off-campus semester experience.
  • Complete a IDI survey before and after your study abroad semester.
Q: If I have concerns during my semester off-campus, whom do I talk to?

A: If it is related directly to George Fox - your first contact should be the Center for Study Abroad at George Fox. If it is related to your semester off-campus program - your first contact should be within your off-campus program. You are always welcome to contact the Center for Study Abroad at George Fox.

Q: I’m having trouble adjusting back to George Fox life after I return. Are there resources on-campus to help with this transition?

A: Yes, the Center for Study Abroad is available to meet with you and help you navigate re-entry. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. The GFU counseling center and the Spiritual Life office are also always available.

Q: I want to make sure I am well prepared for my semester off-campus. Are there specific resources available that might assist me?

A: Yes.  Some suggestions:

  • Connect with other George Fox students who are either alumni of your program or are attending your same semester. The Center for Study Abroad will send you names of these students.
  • Schedule a meeting with the director or assistant director to discuss concerns and suggested preparation.
  • Read online local newspapers.
  • Purchase and read travel books such as Lonely Planet or Rick Steves (for Europe only).
  • Visit various websites about studying abroad.