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How to Apply

USAC admits students on a rolling admissions basis where applications are reviewed as they are received. As a result, programs may fill to capacity before the application deadline. Check the Can I Still Apply? page for up to date details on programs. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Once a program has reached capacity, USAC will continue to admit qualified students to a waiting list for placement as spots open.

Students begin with the Initial Online Application and submit additional materials to complete the application in the Student Gateway Account. A complete application consists of:

  • Online application
  • Signed program and financial agreements
  • Conduct form
  • Personal statement
  • Academic transcript
  • Copy of passport valid for 6 months after end of program abroad
  • $100 nonrefundable application deposit*
  • Home university approval

It is also important that you visit your study abroad office on campus for further information on your university's policies related to international travel, transfer credit and using financial aid.


USAC welcomes students from any U.S. college or university who:

  • Are at least 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Are enrolled in a university degree-seeking program while they are abroad.
  • Have a preferred grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Are in good academic, disciplinary, and community standing.
  • Meet any additional pre-requisites of the program to which they are applying.
  • Exceptions are possible, contact USAC.
    USAC will also require proof of vaccine against COVID-19 after approval

The Application Process

Complete the online application form.

  1. Receive login credentials for your USAC Student Gateway account via email.
  2. Login to your USAC Student Gateway account, complete remaining application requirements including $100 application deposit.
  3. If everything checks out—receive USAC admissions offer via email.
  4. Accept your spot on the program and submit the $500 enrollment confirmation deposit if not paid directly to USAC by your home university. (The deposit is applied to your program fee.)
  5. Receive full USAC approval via email.

Congratulations! Your adventure awaits!

Please do not submit multiple applications for the same term. If you have more than one program in mind, apply for your first choice now. We will work with you on other options later, if needed.