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FAQs - Study Abroad

I have International coverage through my Partner Program, do I have to have / pay for Liberty Insurance?
Yes. Students are required to have International Health & Travel insurance through Liberty University. When students go abroad they will purchase International Health and Travel insurance with their Study Abroad / International Internship fee. Liberty University has mandated that all students that travel through LU Send are required to obtain International Health and Travel insurance.
How do I purchase International Health and Travel Insurance?
International Health and Travel Insurance is purchased by your Study Abroad / International Internship Coordinator once you have been approved by LU Send.
What does the Study Abroad/ International Internship fee cover?
  • AlertTraveler
  • Cultural Intelligence Training
  • International Health and Travel Insurance
  • Pre-Departure Training
Can I use my Liberty Scholarships?
Study Abroad students can only use Liberty given Scholarships if they are participating in one of the Signature Programs.
  • Living and Learning International
  • Rome with Purpose
International Internship Students may use Liberty given Scholarships towards their Liberty tuition costs if they are participating in one of the Partner Programs.
Can I go abroad if I am graduating that semester?
Students are not advised to Study Abroad or complete an International Internship during their final semester (if possible).
  • Transcripts are not received from the host university until 6-8 weeks after completing your Study Abroad program. This could delay the conferring of your degree.
  • Study abroad program dates vary and the end date may not be until after Liberty’s Commencement.
  • Often times a student’s Degree Completion Plan requirements do not allow students to Study Abroad during their final semester.
*If you feel that your final semester is the ideal time for you to pursue an opportunity abroad, the possibility can be discussed with your Study Abroad/international Internship Coordinator on a case by case basis
How much do Study Abroad trips / International Internships cost?
Study Abroad/International internship programs vary in cost. Price depends on Partner Program fees, location, in-country cost of living, etc. For more details on program cost please contact your Study Abroad/International Internship Coordinator.
Can I study or intern abroad if I am an online student?
Yes. We encourage online students to participate in Study Abroad/International Internship Programs. Your Peer Advisor and Coordinator will work with you via email and phone to guide you through the Advising and Application Process.
What countries are not approved by Liberty? How can I find this information?
Liberty receives a list of countries that require approval every three months. Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator or International Internship Coordinator if you have questions concerning a specific country.
Do I pay Liberty or my Partner Program organization?
Students will pay Liberty University for the majority of their Partner Program cost. Liberty University has a direct bill agreement with all Partner Programs. Please keep in mind that the students will not pay Liberty for the Partner Program application fee or housing deposits; these fees are paid directly to the partner program.
When can I complete Financial Check-In?
Financial Check-in is available for you to complete once the Partner Program has sent your invoice to LU Send. Your Coordinator will update your Student Account with the fees for your program abroad. Please note that invoices are generally sent 30-60 days prior to program start dates. If your invoice is received after Financial Check-in deadlines please work with your Coordinator to appeal late check-in fees.
If I decide to cancel my Study Abroad program before I go, can I receive a refund for money already paid?
Refunds are generally not provided to students for money already paid to the Partner Program and Liberty University. If a student cancels their program prior to the start date they are issued a cancellation invoice from the Partner Program. If a student cancels their program after the LU Send participation fee has been added to their account, they are still responsible for paying this fee.
Is it possible to go abroad for multiple semesters / terms?
Yes, it is possible for students to study/intern abroad for multiple semesters / terms. Students can go abroad consecutive or non-consecutive semesters. Please note any student that Study Abroad cannot take more than half of the credits required for their major or minor at a host university.
Can family members visit me while I am abroad?
Absolutely! We encourage family members to support students while abroad. This is a great way to share your experiences in a unique way.
Can I travel outside of my program location while I am abroad?
Yes. Students who travel outside their program location are required to update their itinerary record in their LU Send application portal. There is a list of countries that require pre-approval from LU Send, Risk Management, and LUPD. If you are uncertain of which countries require approval, please contact your Coordinator.
How do classes transfer back to Liberty?
Students who Study Abroad will take courses at a host university. Courses are pre-approved by working with the Study Abroad Coordinator. Courses will transfer back into Liberty after successfully completing the program. Courses come back as pass or fail.