FAQ-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

FAQ

1) How does credit transfer work?
Students will receive transfer credit for courses taken abroad that are approved by the academic department. Students must attain at least a “C” or above to receive credit. Grades from abroad are not factored into a student’s QPA and do not show up on the Carnegie Mellon transcript. However, graduate schools and scholarship organizations may request a copy of a study abroad transcript. Final credit levels are assessed once the transcript is received by Carnegie Mellon.

2) What about health, safety and security?
Health, safety and security are of the utmost importance and may well influence a student’s choice of a study abroad venue. Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss concerns with a Carnegie Mellon study abroad advisor. Check out the U.S. Department of State website and the Centers for Disease Control for up-to-date travel information. If a travel warning to a specific country is issued, study abroad programs may choose to cancel the program for the semester.
Health Insurance is very important while abroad. Ensure that coverage is comprehensive and will extend the duration of the experience.

3) What if I require disability services?
There are many programs that offer disability services, and most programs can accommodate students if they are notified well enough in advance. OIE can work with students to find a study abroad venue that meets their interests and special needs. Mobility International is also a good resource for abroad opportunities for students with disabilities.

4) Where will I live?
Accommodations during study abroad vary from university residence halls to apartments or home-stays:

  • Bear in mind that university residence halls, apartments or home-stays may well be dispersed around the city requiring a daily commute by foot, bus or underground rail/subway.
  • Meals may or may not be provided at the residence hall; it is the norm for students to share a kitchen either with a floor or a suite of rooms. This is often a great way to meet people.
  • A home-stay generally involves renting a room in someone’s home; it may mean being treated as part of the family or as a paying guest.  Home-stay hosts can be traditional families, young professionals or retired persons.

Not all departmental exchanges or direct enrollments provide housing for study abroad students. Do not assume that the university provides housing. It is important to ask and be prepared to look for housing independently, if necessary.

 5) What happens after I'm accepted?
Students are required by Carnegie Mellon to attend a pre-departure orientation which includes an overview of the administrative requirements and cross-cultural and practical tips related to study and travel abroad. Students also receive important registration documents to complete. Students do not need to take a leave of absence to study abroad.

Ensure that the Health Insurance provider will cover students studying abroad for the duration of the trip.

 6) What do I need to prepare for a smooth transition back to Carnegie Mellon?

  • Fill out the necessary paperwork which includes the Study Abroad Transfer of Credit form for course approvals abroad.
  • Ensure that study abroad transcripts are sent to OIE.
  • Make arrangements to register for classes while abroad. Discuss registration with academic advisor before leaving.
  • Check out of campus housing by completing the housing form online.