Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Eligibility Requirements

We’ve put together some helpful resources for students interested in studying abroad. Starting with some basic requirements for being eligible to study abroad.

  • Students must be at least 18 years old
  • Participants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Freshmen are only eligible to participate in EWU Faculty-led program options.
  • Students must be at least sophomore standing, at the time of departure, for individual student options.
  • The Discipline record at EWU will be reviewed for all applicants.
  • Students must have completed at least one quarter at EWU for the application to be approved.
  • Running Start students must complete Running Start and confirm plans to continue at EWU as a degree-seeking student before they are eligible to participate in the program
  • Transfer students must complete one quarter at EWU before going abroad.
  • All participants are bound by the EWU Student Conduct Code (SAC 172-121-040) during the entire Education Abroad program as well as abide by all applicable laws of the country in which they will be studying.

General FAQS

You will then need to match courses you plan to take abroad with close equivalents at EWU.  The course catalog for your study abroad program can typically be found on the program’s homepage and your advisor can help determine which substitutions are the best fit. Your faculty advisor and department chair will need to sign the Study Abroad Course Credit Approval Form.

COVID-19 travel requirements can change often and with little warning.

The CDC website can provide current travel guidelines and the State Department website can provide current entry and exit requirements by country.

Yes! But it is important to note that all countries around the world are ADA compliant, or have comparable legal requirements. EWU Global works with partner programs and institutions to determine whether the necessary accommodations are available in your first choice location. If not, all attempts will be made to find an alternate destination which will better fit your needs and goals.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Faqs

The amount of financial aid you may receive will depend on your eligibility for grants, scholarships and loans along with your Study Abroad program costs. Do not assume your financial aid will cover all your study abroad costs. If your study abroad costs are higher than your regular EWU costs, you may need to seek student loans to assist with the additional expense. This may include a private and/or parent loan.

Study abroad scholarships are available there the EWU Scholarship Application (, from the Gillman Scholarship Program ( and from other outside sources you may find using internet searches. Be sure to inform the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you receive any outside scholarships.

Follow the Checklist provided on the back of this information sheet.

For full-time financial aid you must be enrolled for 12 or more credits. Part-time aid may be available.

Due to federal/state regulations, financial aid cannot be released early. Check with your program: many study abroad programs will defer payment if you are relying on financial aid to pay for the program.

No. It is your responsibility to pay for your program or institution abroad. EWU releases funds to the student only.

In many cases GET credits can be applied to your study abroad program. Contact Student Financial Services, or 509.359.6372, for more information.

It is imperative you set up direct deposit with EWU to ensure your financial aid refund is disbursed directly to your bank account while you are abroad.  See the Checklist for more information.

If you would like someone to help you with your financial aid, or any other EWU business needs, while you are abroad, you must complete and submit the Release of Information form to the EWU Records and Registration Office. See the Checklist for more information.

After you return from your study abroad program, you have two terms in which obtain your foreign institution transcript, submit it to EWU and have your “Y” grades converted to regular letter grades. If this does not take place within the two-term deadline, your future financial aid will be put on hold. Be sure to review the Aid Information & Policies, including the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, at

Is financial aid available to help fund the cost of study abroad programs?

In general, the financial aid and scholarships for which you are eligible may be used for your study abroad program. You must fill out a FAFSA/WASFA, attend a study abroad/exchange program approved by EWU and have been a regular EWU student at least one quarter before your study abroad.

You must complete the EWU Scholarships application by Feb. 1 before your trip. Individual scholarships from other organizations will have different deadlines.

NOTE: Special rules apply to tuition waiver awards.

Questions about Financial Aid can be directed to: EWU Financial Aid, or 509.359.2314