How do I know what courses will transfer?

Course equivalencies are arranged with Ball State academic department faculty and advisors after you commit to your program. As a part of the post-decision process, we’ll help you seek approval for the classes you plan to take. If you’re taking courses in multiple departments, getting each course approved by the corresponding Ball State approver can take time. All course approvals will be decided before your program begins.

Where will I live?

Housing will vary depending on which program you choose. For some programs, you will stay in hotels, while others may provide hostels or homestays (staying with a local family). Longer programs, like exchanges, could place you in an apartment or a residence hall.

What if I don’t have a passport?

If you’re leaning toward traveling abroad, you will need a passport. You must apply in person for first-time passports at an official acceptance facility. Appointments at our local acceptance facility in Muncie can be made online. We’ll take your passport pictures in the Study Abroad Office and can assist in ensuring your application is filled out correctly with all the documents you need. The current cost of a U.S. passport  is $165 for routine service. Please contact our office at to ask about potential grants to cover this cost.

Is studying abroad safe?

We understand that safety is a top priority for you and your family. Rest assured, at Ball State, your well-being is our utmost concern. We take proactive steps to ensure your safety throughout your study abroad journey. Our programs are carefully selected in collaboration with trusted partners and institutions that maintain high safety standards. Before you depart, we provide comprehensive pre-departure orientations that cover safety protocols, cultural awareness, and local customs. We can guide you through any concerns you may have before, during, and after your time abroad. In addition, most of our programs offer on-site support teams to assist you in your host country. Your safety is our commitment, and we’re here to ensure that your study abroad journey is as enriching as it is secure.

What should I do if I want to study abroad but am worried about fitting it into my plan?

There is almost always a way to balance your major with studying abroad. Discuss any concerns with your academic advisor to identify the best timing and program options. Short-term, relevant programs can align with your major’s demands. If studying abroad is a priority for you, let’s find a way to make it work without delaying graduation.

What if I’m going alone and don’t know anyone?

It’s always possible to apply with a friend. If not, going with a group could be a great option. Ball State has several group programs. We have faculty-led programs, which are groups of Ball State students with Ball State faculty, and provider programs, which are groups of students from many different universities around the U.S. that meet up in locations abroad. Even if you choose a program like an exchange or direct enroll- without a designated study abroad group- you almost certainly wouldn’t be the only international student on campus. You might find that your new campus abroad has the fastest friends you’ve ever made.

If this post got you thinking and you’d like to talk to a study abroad advisor, set up a 1-on-1 advising appointment here.