FAQs

Credit

Will I get credit for studying abroad?

How much credit will I get for studying abroad?

How does the VWW waiver work?

Can I get both of my VWW waived if I study abroad twice/for two semesters?

How do I get credit?

Can I get credit for my major?

How do I know what I will get credit for?

 

Costs

How much does study abroad cost?

Does my financial aid apply to study abroad?

Are there any study abroad scholarships?

Where do I pay for my program?

 

Logistics

How do I get to my program?

What is the best flight?

How do I get from the airport to my school/home stay family?

 

Passport and Visas

Do I need a passport?

Does the passport card count or do I need a book?

How can I apply for a passport?

Do I need a visa?

How do I get a visa?

 

 

Credit

Will I get credit for studying abroad?

Yes, our programs are always credit bearing. However, your grades and GPA do not transfer except for Intensive Language Spanish programs. Financial aid also uses the grades you earn abroad to calculate eligibility for GPA-dependent aid. 

 

How much credit will I get for studying abroad?

The exact amount of credit you get depends upon how you and your advisor fill out the course equivalency form, but you will be expected to take the equivalent of a full-time schedule at NMSU if participating in a semester long program. Taking courses full-time abroad assures that your financial aid continues to disburse as you expect.

 

How does the VWW waiver work?

To have one of your Viewing the Wider World requirements waived, you need to be abroad for at least 4 consecutive weeks. This waiver does not grant you the 3 credits, it simply waives one of the required VWW courses. You may only waive one Viewing the Wider World requirement by studying abroad, regardless of how many times you go abroad, or how long you stay abroad beyond 4 weeks.

 

Can I get both of my VWW waived if I study abroad twice/for two semesters?

No, you may only waive one Viewing the Wider World requirement by studying abroad, regardless of how many times you go abroad, or how long you stay abroad beyond 4 weeks.

 

How do I get credit?

There are several steps involved in receiving credit for study abroad. First, you must fill out the Course Equivalency form with your advisor. Your study abroad advisor will explain this process in more detail once you have selected a program. After your study abroad program finishes, the Office of Education Abroad will receive your transcripts. You must then take copies of your transcripts and your course equivalency form back to your advisor to verify your credits, or to make substitutions if your schedule changed while abroad. From there, your advisor will send your credits to the appropriate offices.

 

Can I get credit for my major?

Absolutely! We encourage students to choose destinations that follow the pathway set by their college or department. This ensures that you don’t fall behind in your degree plan, and you will be taking courses pre-approved by your department.

 

How do I know what I will get credit for?

You will know the credits you’ll receive before you leave the country. Your credits are established by your academic advisor and the Course Equivalency Form. If the courses you plan to take change when you are abroad, you will receive the most appropriate NMSU equivalent for your new course(s).

 

Costs

How much does study abroad cost?

Study abroad is much more affordable than people think! You can go abroad and pay in-state, undergraduate tuition. Some locations offer that tuition rate as well as NMSU housing and meal rates. Some locations are cheaper, especially in Latin America. The length of time you stay also effects the price. Talk to your study abroad advisor about your price range, and they can show you the programs that will best fit your needs.

 

Does my financial aid apply to study abroad?

Yes! You may use Lottery, Regents, Honors Excel, Veteran’s Benefits, grants, scholarships, and loans to study abroad. For more details about using financial aid with study abroad, please speak with your financial aid advisor.

 

Are there any study abroad scholarships?

Yes. We offer scholarships through our office, as well as a variety of third party scholarships. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information. Pell Grant recipients should consider applying for the Benjamin H. Gilman Award, which offers up to $5000 for a semester of study abroad.

 

Where do I pay for my program?

The type of program you choose to attend dictates when and where you will pay. Short-term language programs are generally paid directly to the provider, while most other programs are charged to your NMSU student account.

 

Logistics

How do I get to my program?

Every program is different however students will generally purchase flights to their destination individually. Faculty-led programs may have a recommended or group flight. Talk to your Education Abroad advisor for more information on which arrival destination is best for your program.

 

What is the best flight?

We recommend that you wait until you have received your official letter of acceptance from your host university before booking your flight. This letter will have your official semester dates on it.

Booking a Flight Online:  Typically airfares are highest during the weekends. Try to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Search for tickets at midnight EST during the week. Fares are usually lower. Early morning flights are usually cheaper.

Recommended Online Search Engines:

STA Airfare Deposit Program 1-800-777-0112

  • $300 deposit and price of ticket is guaranteed. Full payment is due 7 days prior to departure.

Kayak.com

Cheaptickets.com

Orbitz

Expedia

Local Travel Agents in Las Cruces can often offer better prices than what you can find online, and they provide more support.

  • Atlas Travel-414 Main Street, 575-524-1444
  • Adventure Travel-2460 Missouri Avenue, 575-523-5681

 

How do I get from the airport to my school/home stay family?

Each program has different options for arrival to your school/home stay family. Make sure to have a plan (working with your Education Abroad advisor) to determine your arrival. Always have a plan B, just in case!

 

Passport and Visas

Do I need a passport?

Yes. It is important to apply for your passport as soon as you know you are studying abroad. It can take 6-8 weeks to receive your passport, which is needed in order to apply for your student visa (if applicable).

 

Does the passport card count or do I need a book?

The passport card is only for land or sea-based travel to and from Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. You need the passport book for all air travel.

 

How can I apply for a passport?

First, print and fill out the passport application appropriate to your needs. You must apply for a passport in person. You can apply at the Las Cruces Main Branch of the US Post Office. If you are departing in two weeks or less, and have purchased a plane ticket, you may apply at the El Paso Passport Agency.

 

Do I need a visa?

Visa requirements vary based on location and length of stay. The Office of Education Abroad does not specialize in immigration, so students are expected to research and apply for their visas independently.

 

How do I get a visa?

The Office of Education Abroad does not specialize in immigration, so students are expected to research and apply for their visas independently. That said certain visas, such as the Spanish student visa, will be a collaborative effort between the student and the office. The best place to begin gathering information on visas is Project Visa, which will direct you to the consulate website.