Study Abroad

Global Experience Preparation

Congratulations on being selected for a Global Experience Program! Before departing for any study abroad program, there are important travel details that you need to review and prepare for. Although many of these topics will be discussed in advising and pre-departure meetings, it is your responsibility to be aware of what is suggested and required of you during your program.


Follow-up Packet

Now that you have been accepted there are important documents that we need from you. Please complete the Follow Up Packet and return it to the Office of Study Abroad in Slane 324 or via e-mail, no later than December 1.

Transfer of Credit

Global Experience courses are not subject to transfer of credit as you will be enrolled in the course at High Point University. The grade you earn in the course will be reflected on your transcript, just like every other class you take at HPU. If transfer of credit applies to your program you will be notified by your faculty leaders and provided with a transfer credit form.

Pre-Departure Meetings

There are two mandatory pre-departure meetings, one in January, the second will be during your class for Spring courses or on a Saturday for May only courses. Specific dates will be sent to you via e-mail. Attendance at both meetings is required for you to be able to participate in the travel portion of your course.

Travel Documents

  • U.S. Passport: Your valid U.S. passport will be required for all international travel. Visit the HPU Passport Information page for more information and to know where you can go locally to apply for or renew a U.S. passport. Your U.S. passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your return from abroad, i.e. for May travel your passport must be valid through December of that year.
  • Visas: If a visa is required for the country your Global Experience program is visiting, the Office of Study Abroad will assist you in applying for this visa. Cost will be included in the price of your program.


Flights for your program will be booked by the Office of Study Abroad. Flight schedules and deviation request (where available) information will be provided to you at the first pre-departure meeting. Flights are subject to change until ticketing, and we recommend waiting to purchase domestic connecting flights until your group flight has been ticketed.

Health and Safety:

  • Vaccinations: As a student on a High Point University study abroad program, it is your responsibility to check the website of the Center for Disease Control to see what, if any, vaccinations and/or medical tests are recommended or required for your travel destinations. It also is your responsibility to schedule and obtain any vaccinations and/or medical tests before you travel abroad. Please contact your primary physician with questions regarding your health and vaccinations. Your faculty may also provide you more detailed information on required vaccinations.
  • International Health Insurance: The Office of Study Abroad will purchase international health & travel insurance on your behalf prior to departure. The cost is included in your program fee and you will receive details at pre-departure meetings and via e-mail. You may see information on how to purchase this in other places on our website; please note that it is included for Global Experience programs.
  • Cancel for Any Reason Insurance: Consider purchasing “Cancel for any reason” insurance, if you need recommendations please contact the Office of Study Abroad. The Travel/Medical insurance we take out on your behalf may not cover trip cancelation due to:
    • Judicial probation
    • Parent loses their job
    • Insufficient funds
    • Increased Terror Levels (other than a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning)
    • Medical Pandemic that does not result in a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning
  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): The Office of Study Abroad will enroll you in this program prior to departure. More information will be provided at pre-departure meetings. You may see information regarding the need to enroll in this program in other places on our website, please note, this only applies to non-Global Experience programs.

Please see our page on Preparing for Health and Safety Abroad for more information on the above topics.

Campus Check-out

If your program departs prior to the Tuesday following graduation you may stay in your current housing until departure. The morning of departure you will need to follow all check-out procedures including removing all belongings out of your room and turning in your key. If your program departs after the Tuesday following graduation you will be notified by the Office of Study Abroad about when to move into temporary housing. The morning of departure you will need to follow all check-out procedures including removing all belongings out of your room and turning in your key. With questions regarding check-out procedures, please contact Residence Life at (336) 841-9231 or

Payment Information

Final program pricing will be announced at the first pre-departure meeting and you will see this on your student account under Online Summer Billing. Your program cost must be paid in full by Monday April 20, 2015. Presidential scholarships will be automatically applied to your student account prior to this date.

Complimentary Hotel Stay

In April you will be sent a survey by the Office of Study Abroad regarding your travel plans. On this survey you will be asked if you would like a complimentary one-night’s stay in a hotel near the airport to which you return, or near High Point University’s campus. The hotel will have your name for check-in and will have a University credit card on file for payment. Any room-service or additional purchases charged to the room are the student’s responsibility.


The Office of Global Education is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142. Building #12 on the HPU Campus Map.

Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280

Click here to meet our staff.


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