Process and Policies

Enrolling in an education abroad program can be a very rewarding educational experience, but it also involves a significant amount of planning and preparation, especially regarding timeline, eligibility and a candidate plan of study.

The first step is to plan a visit to the Office of International Admissions and Programs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Simply contact us via e-mail at oiap@uhcl.edu indicating your interest in an education abroad program. We will then schedule a meeting with you to discuss your options for the destination, budget and academic credits.

Depending on your desired program, it could take up to a year to appropriately coordinate all the steps involved in studying abroad. Because the length of preparation depends upon your unique situation, we recommend that you begin your planning process two semesters before the onset of your trip. For example, if you are planning to study abroad during the summer semester, you should start planning the fall semester of the previous year.

Choosing an Education Abroad Program

Before choosing your education abroad program, you must first meet with an adviser in the Office of International Admissions and Programs. They can guide you based on the area of study, cost and location. They can also help you contact a third-party vendor that offers education abroad programs. It is not required that you decide in advance where you want to go.

The following is a list of approved, third-party vendors that offer education abroad programs:

  • American Institute For Foreign Study: AIFS
  • CEA
  • CIEE
  • CISabroad
  • International Studies Abroad: ISA
  • Knowledge Exchange Institute: KEI
  • Semester At Sea
  • Sol Education Abroad: Sol

These vendors have their own application deadlines for their programs. Applications are reviewed and sent to host institutions when required. Once you are accepted into a program, you will be notified of your acceptance status.

Know Your Programs and Destination

After contacting a third-party vendor or the Education Abroad adviser, you can select the program and the destination that most fits your interests and career goals. You must have a course syllabus for all the courses that you plan to take abroad.

BEFORE committing to an education abroad program, the courses must be evaluated by your academic adviser to assure all your credits can be transferred to UHCL. You must seek and receive approval from your college and department for your degree program to participate in a study abroad program. The approved courses should match your current degree plan. A copy of the transfer evaluation/current degree plan should be forwarded and on file in the Education Abroad Office before embarking on a study abroad semester.


Filing Forms and Orientation with OIAP

Semester Going Abroad Forms Filed By Pre-Departure Orientation
Fall June July
Spring November November
Summer April April

Meet with your education abroad adviser in the Office of International Admissions and Programs and sign all the required forms.