Incoming Freshmen or High School Students
As a high school student or incoming freshman interested in studying abroad, the ASU Study Abroad Office is honored by your enthusiasm for study abroad! First and foremost, learn about the four different types of study abroad programs to determine which one is best suited for you.
Eligibility requirements vary by program, but incoming freshmen and high school students need to:
- Have at least 24 credits at ASU or a transfer institution for Partnership and Exchange programs*
- Be accepted to ASU (as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student) in order to participate in a Faculty-Directed program**
- Fulfill the GPA and pre-requisite requirements for the program course for a Global Intensive Experience program in order to participate during your freshman year
- Contact an International Coordinator in the Study Abroad Office to discuss available options if you're interested in studying abroad prior to the start of your freshman year
*You cannot study abroad in those programs during your first semester of college, but you can apply during your second semester (assuming you will have completed at least 24 credits by the end of that term). Example: you can apply in the spring for a summer or fall program if you started at ASU that previous fall.
**You may be able to participate in a faculty-directed program the summer prior to your freshman year. First-year students can certainly participate in a Faculty-Directed program the summer after their freshman year.
To be eligible for participation, all high school applicants must:
- Be accepted to ASU and eligible to enroll in classes during the term the program is offered
- Be interviewed by the program director*
*This must occur prior to applying for the program. The goal of the interview is to assess the student's intellectual curiosity, maturity level and academic aptitude.
Upon interviewing successfully, interested high school students should:
- Apply for their selected program through the ASU Study Abroad Office
- Secure the signature of a parent or guardian
- Begin planning the study abroad experience by applying for scholarships nine months to one year before anticipated departure
- Ask clarifying questions
Resources for more information
- Should You Study Abroad As a Freshman? — advice for pre-freshmen interested in studying abroad
- Ten Tips to Consider When Telling Your Parent(s) That You Want to Study Abroad — guidance on how to talk to your parents about studying abroad
- Dear Mom and Dad, I'm Studying Abroad — direction on talking about study abroad with your parents from an advisor's perspective
- How Make Study Abroad Affordable — information on various ways to offset study abroad costs
- How to Budget for Study Abroad — information on how to create a budget specifically for study abroad
- On-Campus Resources
- First-Year Success Center – Meet with a junior, senior or graduate student in your same major program to help with your transition from high school to college. Coaching topics include adjusting to college life, academics, getting involved, time management and applying for scholarships (including study abroad scholarships!)
- Financial Aid & Scholarship Services — Determine which scholarships you qualify for and apply! Certain programs do let you use your financial aid for studying abroad. Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor in person, over the phone, or via chat to determine what's best for you.