At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year.
Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them. To gain a competitive edge in our global community, it is essential to gain understanding and expertise through first-hand experience. Some of the benefits of studying abroad include:
Planning for a semester or summer abroad may feel like a daunting task, but the Office of Study Abroad will give you the tools you need to plan effectively and ensure that you are making progress in your degree. We want to make sure that you are finding programs that meet your academic, personal, and professional goals.
Whether you have decided already that you want to study abroad or are just looking for more information, there are several avenues to explore. We encourage you to explore each of the following:
The first step in planning any study abroad experience is to meet with a study abroad advisor. In a short, 30-minute appointment, we’ll give you important information you need to know to consider, research, and begin planning for a term abroad. In this appointment, you’ll be able to ask questions and will walk away with an overview of the study abroad planning process. Whether you are thinking of an HPU program or an unaffiliated (non-HPU) program, every student must meet with a study abroad advisor before departing campus.
Every fall, the Office of Study Abroad hosts a study abroad fair to showcase HPU’s partnerships around the globe. Your study abroad advisor will be available to answer questions and schedule appointments to look further into what opportunities may meet your needs and goals best. For many programs, students who have studied abroad to our partner schools will be available to share their experiences. Also, degree-seeking students from our partner schools who are studying abroad to HPU will be available to talk about their home school.
Additionally, a Global Experience Program Fair will showcase the short-term, faculty-led programs running that year. You’ll be able to see what opportunities are available and speak with the faculty who will be teaching the courses and leading the travel.
Our International Ambassadors are HPU students who have studied abroad and now want to share their experience with other students. They are available to answer questions at many study abroad events and even hold “Coffee Hours” with students who are curious about their experience living and studying abroad. If you would like to meet one-on-one with an International Ambassador for a Coffee Hour, contact your study abroad advisor.
A lot information is available on the Study Abroad website. Review the information in the Why Study Abroad? and Where Can I Study Abroad for My Major? pages. You also can read about other HPU students’ experiences in the Student Experiences section. A list of Frequently Asked Questions will answer many questions you and your family have.
We suggest that you begin planning your study abroad program about a year before you plan to depart. Talk with your academic advisor to determine how and when study abroad best fits in your schedule. Keep in mind that courses in some majors must be completed at HPU, and some courses are available only during certain semesters.
To schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor, contact the Office of Study Abroad by calling (336) 841-9280 or stop by the Study Abroad Office.
The following guide has been created to help you understand the application, selection, and nomination process. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad should you have questions.
Before you can access the study abroad application, you’ll need to have an advising appointment.
The materials required for your application for study abroad will be provided following an advising appointment or Global Experience program interest meetings. Materials include the following:
Online Application Form
You will be able to list up to three programs to which you’d like to apply, ranking them in order of preference. You also will be asked for your personal information, your academic background, a release of information to your parents or guardians, and an uploaded statement of purpose.
Statement of Purpose
Required for HPU semester and Global Experience programs, you’ll submit your statement of purpose with your online application. Tailor your essay towards your preferred program.
In an essay of no more than 500 words, please address each of the following points. The quality of the essay (content, specificity, form, and grammar) is a factor in evaluating your application.
Course Equivalency Approval Forms
Required for semester and summer program applications, this form is used to obtain equivalency approvals to know how specific courses taken abroad can be used at High Point University. Students are advised to seek equivalency approvals for their top-choice classes in which they’d like to enroll, as well as alternate courses. Please list courses for only one school on each form. Students must submit course equivalency approvals for any school listed on their online application form.
Academic references must be from HPU professors who have taught you in class. They will not be required to write a personal letter, although they may choose to do so, but there will be a form they will need to complete and sign. Many times, your professors will submit the academic reference to our office directly. We recommend that you provide at least two weeks for references to be completed and submitted to our office.
HPU semester applications require two academic references.
Global Experience program applications require one academic reference, written by someone other than the course’s professor.
Judicial Clearance Form
This form facilitates the judicial background check required for HPU semester applications. A similar process will be handled directly by the Office of Study Abroad for Global Experience Programs.
Financial Aid Clearance Form
Required for all semester applications whether or not the applicant receives financial aid (e.g., grants, loans, and scholarships, including awards under the HPU Presidential Scholarship Program). Student who receive any type of aid are required to have their form completed by a Financial Planning Counselor from the Office of Financial Planning.
Required for all HPU semester applications, you’ll need to release your transcript to the Office of Study Abroad who will then send it to your host university when nominated to study abroad. The Transcript Release Form can be found in the Office of Study Abroad. Please ask to sign it when submitting your other application materials.
All applications for HPU semester and Global Experience study abroad programs require payment of a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $500. This fee is not a deposit and will not be applied to the costs of tuition and fees, relevant room and board, or travel expenses. Note: This fee will be refunded should your application not be accepted to study abroad.
Materials also are required for students applying directly to non-HPU summer programs and unaffiliated semester programs. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information, as policies and procedures may be different from HPU semester and HPU Global Experience Programs.
All qualified applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad using a rubric that will evaluate a student based on several classifications. In a situation where a program receives more applications than the host university or study program can accommodate, applications with the highest scores will be considered first. The rubric is based on 4 areas, including:
In addition to the rubric above, all Global Experience application are evaluated with the following criteria:
Qualified students not selected for their top choice program will be given the opportunity to have their application evaluated for their second and/or third choice program, or to withdraw their application and have their application fee refunded.
Students applying for semester programs are nominated by High Point University. The acceptance will come from the host university. While a nomination to a study abroad program is not an acceptance, it is a step in the right direction. Once nominated, students will complete paperwork specific to their host university, who will evaluate their application and provide an official acceptance letter should their application be approved. Please note: it is possible an official acceptance letter may not be issued before the pre-departure orientation.
Students applying for a Global Experience program will receive their acceptance from the Office of Study Abroad and will be enrolled automatically in the requisite academic course.
Below are links to blogs (or vlogs) kept by HPU students during their time abroad. Enjoy!