Important Information

Please review carefully the information below and the information on these semester study abroad pages prior to applying to study abroad. Contact the Office of Global Education for more information: (336) 841-9280.

 

Application & Selection

The Office of Global Education seeks to make semester study abroad accessible to students. However, we realize that limitations on student placements exist for each partner. Because placement at the majority of HPU semester partners’ universities may become competitive (meaning that we receive more qualified applications than the maximum number of students the host university can accept for the term), students are advised to consider multiple universities that meet their academic needs and to find and submit course equivalencies for their top three placement options. In the event that students are not able to be placed at their top choice university, their application may be considered for their relevant, alternate option(s).

Please note that the stated minimum application requirements are the minimum standards considered to review an application for a host university. A student who is qualified to apply to the program is not guaranteed a nomination or placement to that location. In short:

  • HPU is unable to place students at an exchange partner institution outside of our allotted exchange availability.
  • HPU is unable to place students at an affiliated (fee-paying) institution outside of the universities’ scope.

Please review Application & Selection for more information.

 

Finances

Students applying to study at a partnering university should familiarize themselves with the university’s information regarding costs, fees, terms, academic offering, room, and board. More thorough information will be provided in an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor.

Please be aware that costs, including explanations of fees, listed on a partnering university’s or provider’s website for similar programs may differ from those listed on HPU’s website. The costs for an HPU, HPU-affiliated, or HPU exchange semester program (tuition & fees; room and/or board, where applicable) will be charged at HPU rates.Always refer to the information provided by HPU and contact the Office of Global Education for questions.

 

Note on Financial Aid

Where Federal Financial Aid can be applied to the fees for students studying abroad at our partnering universities, aid awarded under Institutional Programs (e.g., the Presidential Scholarship, departmental aid (including Media Fellows), tuition concession, HPU need-based grants) can be applied toward the fees for students studying on exchange only. See Financial Aid for Study Abroad for more information.

 

Language of Study

Unless otherwise stated, HPU’s semester programs are available to qualified students without a language proficiency requirement, although course availability may be limited based on language(s) of instruction at the host university.

The principal study abroad opportunities available to High Point University students are through our carefully-crafted, academically-rigorous, and culturally-immersive exchange partnerships, noted Exchange below. Students who do not find an exchange partner which will meet their academic needs are welcome to review our affiliated (fee-paying) semester study abroad options, noted Affiliated below.

While experiences may be similar at both an exchange and an affiliated partnering school, many affiliated programs present limitations not found on exchange programs, especially regarding upper-level course equivalencies, immersive cultural experiences, and the use of financial aid–students receiving any institutional aid (scholarships, grants, tuition-concession, etc.) will be able to apply their aid towards the fees for study on exchange only (applicable students studying at an affiliated partner will forfeit institutional aid for the term abroad). Review the Financial Aid Policy on Study Abroad for more information.

Note: Not every university partner will offer coursework to meet your academic needs. Before selecting a university, it is advised to narrow this list to those partnering universities which may fit best with your academic interests. Log into the Study Abroad Portal to research subject offerings by program.

Because placement is not guaranteed at a university, The Office of Global Education gives projected placement rates noted in the Chance of Placement column. Partnering schools are rated as follows:

Chance of Placement
High
This partnering university is usually able to accommodate a higher number of student applicants from High Point University. Application review is typically not very competitive. It may be possible for multiple students to be placed here.
High for Restricted Major(s)
This partnering university is usually able to accommodate a higher number of student applicants who are studying the stated major(s) from High Point University. Application review is typically not very competitive for those studying the stated major(s). It may be possible for multiple students to be placed here.
Moderate
This partnering university is usually able to accommodate some of student applicants from High Point University. It is unlikely that large numbers of students will be placed here.
Low
This partnering university may be able to accommodate a small number of applicants from High Point University. Application review is typically very competitive. It is possible that only one or two students may be placed here.
Closed This partnering university cannot accept any applicants at this time. Please do not apply.

Contact your study abroad advisor or studyabroad@highpoint.edu for more information.


UniversityCountryCityChance of PlacementAgreement Type
University of BelgranoArgentinaBuenos Aires
Moderate
Affiliated
Charles Sturt UniversityAustraliaBathurst, Port Macquarie, Albury, Orange, Wagga Wagga
Moderate
Exchange
University of New EnglandAustraliaArmidale
Moderate
Exchange
University of NewcastleAustraliaNewcastle
Moderate
Affiliated
RMITAustraliaMelbourneClosed
Exchange
University of SalzburgAustriaSalzburg
Moderate
Affiliated
University of GrazAustriaGraz
Moderate
Exchange
University of Applied Sciences Wiener NeustadtAustriaWiener Neustadt
High
Exchange
l'Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales (IHECS)BelgiumBrussels
Low
Exchange
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)ChileValparaíso
Low
Exchange
Hangzhou Normal UniversityChinaHangzhou
High
Exchange
Zhejiang University of Media and CommunicationsChinaHangzhouClosed
Exchange
La Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT)Costa RicaSan José
Moderate
Exchange
Charles UniversityCzech RepublicPrague
Moderate
Affiliated
Universidad San Francisco de QuitoEcuadorQuito
Moderate
Affiliated
University of East AngliaEnglandNorwich
High
Exchange
University of EssexEnglandColchester
Moderate
Exchange
University of WinchesterEnglandWinchester
Moderate
Exchange
St. Mary's UniversityEnglandTwickenham
Moderate
Affiliated
Canterbury Christ Church UniversityEnglandCanterbury
High
Exchange
Leeds Trinity UniversityEnglandLeeds
Low
Exchange
Oxford Brookes UniversityEnglandOxford
Low
Exchange
University for the Creative ArtsEnglandCanterburyN/A
Exchange
University of ReadingEnglandReading
Moderate
Exchange
University of WarwickEnglandCoventry
Moderate
Exchange
University of South PacificFijiSuva
Moderate
Affiliated
The North Carolina Consortium Semester in ParisFranceParis
High for French Majors
Affiliated
Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau (ESC-Pau)FrancePau
High
Exchange
Schiller International UniversityGermanyHeidelberg
Moderate
Affiliated
University of BambergGermanyBamberg
High
Exchange
University of RegensburgGermanyRegensburg
High
Exchange
Lingnan UniversityHong KongHong KongClosed
Exchange
Cork Institute of TechnologyIrelandCork
Moderate
Exchange
Lorenzo de' Medici ItalyFlorence
High for Design Majors
Affiliated
University Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC)ItalyCastellanza
High
Exchange
American University of RomeItalyRome
Moderate
Affiliated
Studio Arts College InternationalItalyFlorence
High for Art Majors
Affiliated
Nagasaki University of Foreign StudiesJapanNagasaki
Moderate
Affiliated
Akita International UniversityJapanAkita
Low
Exchange
Al Akhawayn UniversityMoroccoIfrane
High
Exchange
Tilburg UniversityNetherlandsTilburg
Moderate
Exchange
Universidad San Ignacio de LoyolaPeruLima
Moderate
Exchange
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityRussiaSaint Petersburg
Moderate
Affiliated
University of St. AndrewsScotlandSt. Andrews
Moderate
Affiliated
University of StirlingScotlandStirling
Low
Exchange
University of the West of ScotlandScotlandAyr, Hamilton, Paisley
High
Exchange
Stellenbosch UniversitySouth AfricaStellenbosch
Moderate
Affiliated
Korea UniversitySouth KoreaSeoul
High
Exchange
Universidad Pontificia ComillasSpainMadrid
Moderate
Exchange
Spanish-American Institute for International Education (SAIIE)SpainSeville
Moderate
Affiliated
Universidad NebrijaSpainMadrid
Low
Exchange
Stockholm Business SchoolSwedenStockholm
Moderate
Exchange
Bangor UniversityWalesBangor
Low
Exchange

High Point University has diligently worked to develop academic partnerships that meet the needs of its students and align with University standards and educational objectives. Therefore, students will be expected to enroll at affiliated (noted as “Exchange” and “Affiliated” on the University Partnerships page) institutions unless they have a compelling academic reason to attend an unaffiliated program and successfully complete a petition process.

HPU students planning to study abroad on any study abroad program, including unaffiliated programs, must meet with the Office of Global Education, submit a complete study abroad application and other relevant materials, abide by HPU’s study abroad and academic policies, and attend all required pre-departure orientation meeting(s). 

 

Policies and Limitations for Unaffiliated Study

The following include some of the policies and limitations for HPU students applying to an unaffiliated program, as well as recommendations from the Office of Global Education:

  • Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation & exchange agreements:
    • HPU students cannot apply directly to a program, or through a third-party provider to an institution, with which HPU and the host institution or provider hold a current affiliation or exchange agreement. Students who apply to an HPU partner in this manner, in spite of this policy, will not be approved for hiatus. Students who pursue application without an approved hiatus will be withdrawn from High Point University and reapply for admission to High Point University upon completion of their studies abroad prior to credit transfer (readmission in this situation is not automatic or guaranteed).
    • HPU students cannot opt to pay fees directly to a program, or third-party provider to an institution, with which HPU and the host institution or provider hold a current affiliation or exchange agreement, even if the costs differ from what’s found on the HPU website.
    • HPU students must abide by the minimum application requirements (GPA, class standing, major, etc.) set forth by High Point University and/or the institution abroad, even if the requirements differ from what’s found on the HPU website.
  • Due to residency requirements, HPU students cannot study abroad on an unaffiliated program during their senior year or the last 32 credits of their degree, whichever is longer. HPU students must earn the last 32 credits of their degree from coursework completed at HPU or while studying abroad at an exchange/affiliated partnering institution.
  • HPU students applying to study on an unaffiliated semester program must attend the required pre-departure orientation in order for their hiatus to be approved. Students not attending the orientation will be withdrawn from High Point University and must reapply for admission upon completion of their studies abroad.
  • HPU institutional financial aid, including the Presidential Scholarship, is not available for an unaffiliated study abroad program and must be forfeited for the semester the student is abroad.
  • While federal financial aid may be available for use on an unaffiliated study abroad program, the process to request this aid differs. For more information, review the information on the Financial Aid for Study Abroad page, including the Financial Aid Policy on Study Abroad, then contact the Office of Financial Planning.
  • HPU strongly discourages enrollment in programs in areas under U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings.

 

Before Applying to an Unaffiliated Program

While HPU does not promote or endorse unaffiliated study abroad programs, third-party providers, or non-HPU study abroad program databases, our study abroad advisors must meet with all students before they apply to the program of their choice. There are several important things you’ll need to know including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Whether or not HPU accept credits from the unaffiliated program.
  • Whether or not you are qualified to study on an unaffiliated program.
  • Whether you’ll be able to apply for a study away hiatus or withdrawal from HPU.
  • How to apply credits earned at the institution towards your degree.
  • How and to whom payments will be made.
  • What documentation is required from HPU.

For HPU to recognize the credits completed abroad, the university must be accredited to the standards required by HPU and the credits must meet the policies for credit transfer listed in the University Bulletin under “Study Abroad Transfer Credit” and in relevant paperwork for study abroad. It is the responsibility of the student to determine and provide to the Office of Global Education before the time of application:

  1. The name of the institution issuing the transcript, and
  2. The accrediting body of this institution.

If it is determined that credit transfer is possible, students then must complete an application for unaffiliated study abroad, including a request for study away hiatus where they must demonstrate that they have reviewed HPU’s affiliated programs and then clearly explain why these programs do not meet their academic and/or career goals, including evidence, where appropriate, that highlights:

  1. Why the specific unaffiliated program in question is a strong fit for them academically;
  2. How a competitive scholarship they are applying for is connected to the proposed program; and/or
  3. Why immersion in the particular host culture is in-line with their academic and/or career goals.

These required materials should be completed before an application to the unaffiliated host university/provider is started.

It’s important to remember that some programs are better than others in terms of academic content, safety, organization, and price. Before applying to a program, you should get answers to the following important questions:

  • What credits are available? Is tuition included in the program cost? Which institution issues the transcript? How is the institution accredited? What does the program cost include? What is not included? What is the refund policy?
  • What are my housing options? Who coordinates these arrangements?
  • If an immigration visa is required, what resources are available to assist me?
  • If something goes wrong while I am abroad (natural disaster, terrorism, major health problems, family emergency at home, etc.), what assistance will be available to me?

 

Credit for Unaffiliated Study Abroad

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, the university must be accredited to the standards required by HPU and your program must be pre-approved by the Office of Global Education meeting the requirements for unaffiliated study and the study away hiatus. Additionally, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means only the credit is displayed on your transcript, not the letter grade. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted by your study abroad courses.

Note: credits will not be transferred to HPU unless the program and request for hiatus were approved for unaffiliated study by the Office of Global Education prior to the student’s participation in the program. 

 

Satisfying the HPU Global Studies Requirement

While no additional credit is awarded simply for studying abroad, your Global Studies requirement will be waived automatically provided you have completed an academic course of study (whether affiliated, unaffiliated, or Global Experience) outside of the U.S. lasting at least four (4) weeks, conducted through an accredited institution, and bearing at least three (3) credits recognized by High Point University.