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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

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I want to study abroad. Where / how do I start?

There are a number of places to start.

  • You can speak first with your academic advisor to learn about special considerations for your major
  • You can begin researching options on the Center for Education Abroad and Away website (
  • Stop by our office in the Morris Hall 3 (lower level) and talk with a Peer Mentor or Education Abroad Advisor to learn about your many options.

We have created a full outline of the process that you can find at [PDF] (2 MiB)

When can I study abroad?

Once you have achieved sophomore status (based on number of credits) you are eligible to study abroad. If you want to go on a faculty-led program, freshmen may participate with the professor's permission. Typically, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (higher for some programs) to be considered.  Summer is becoming a popular option for your international experience!

What types of programs can I go on?

There are a number of different types of programs.  Check out the "Program Options" page for more details.

Can I use my financial aid for study abroad?

Absolutely! Check out our "Financial Aid" page for more information.

I would like to go on a longer program, but cost is a big issue for me. What are the most cost-effective programs?

Our exchange programs would be a good fit for you. You pay MNSU tuition and get help and support from the Center for Education Abroad and Away and our overseas partners. Normally, the only additional costs are your plane ticket, visa/passport costs, and your living expenses abroad. We are constantly expanding the number of exchange programs. You can find the current list on this webpage.

Will my credits transfer back to MNSU?

Yes. Our application process includes a Course Equivalency Sheet. During the application phase, you will list your planned classes (plus some alternates) and take it to the appropriate campus departments so that they can confirm in writing how the classes will transfer back. Once your transcript is returned, and assuming that you pass your classes, you bring this sheet and a copy of your transcript to the academic departments to complete a Course substitution / equivalency form. This form finalizes the contribution of your education abroad classes to graduation.

What if I run into a problem overseas?

In all cases, students receive on-going support from overseas staff and from the Center for Education Abroad and Away. Orientation sessions are offered in Mankato and in your destination country. At your in-country orientation, you will learn about what to do in case of an emergency. For non-emergencies, both the on-site staff and MSU staff members are available to answer questions and direct students to resources such as activities, health care, academic support services, etc.