A third-party provider is a company that facilitates
study abroad programs through other universities for
students. These providers offer programs all over the world, giving students
many options when choosing how to globalize their education.
is offered by each provider can vary greatly, but they generally have staff
both in the United States and at your study abroad destination to assist you
with all steps of the process.
Denver Global Study programs are valuable, enriching experiences led by CU
Denver faculty, but they may not meet the needs of every student. This is
especially true for students that would like to study in a country
where we do not currently have a program, or for students that wish
to study for a semester or longer in a country other than China or Germany.
There are two websites that we suggest students use in their
using these search engines, you will be able to search by country, term,
subject, or a combination of these criteria. Please be mindful that all
programs must be approved by the Office of Global Education in order to receive
With the many options and opportunities to study abroad,
choosing a provider could possibly be overwhelming. When choosing a provider
that aligns with your interest, consider the following:
• What are your
academic & personal objectives?
• What kind of credit
do you need? (Major, Minor, Core, etc.)
• Do you want to learn
a language? Do you want to learn about a specific culture?
• What kind of living
arrangements do you want? A homestay? A dorm with local students?
• How much does it
cost? Do they have any scholarships?
• What is included in
What to look for in a Study Abroad Provider for
The cost for programs offered by these
providers will vary depending on location, length, and what is
included. It is important to carefully review and compare what various
providers include in their fees.
fees will be paid directly to your provider, and you will not pay CU Denver
tuition. The Office of Global Education charges a $400 study abroad application
fee. This administrative fee keeps you registered at CU Denver
and is the only fee paid to the University when you are away.
Yes! The financial aid that students are awarded at CU Denver
through FAFSA can be applied towards your study abroad program costs.
see our Funding section for more information.6
you will receive credit for approved programs. How your credit is transferred
back to CU Denver is decided by your academic advisors. Students complete our
course approval form before they depart to determine whether or not courses
will count towards their major, minor, core, or as electives.
Direct enrollment can be the right choice for students in very
specific situations. Many times students will consider this option because it
appears to be a better value, but keep in mind what you will be responsible for
if you do directly apply: finding housing in a foreign country, applying to
classes at an institution you are unfamiliar with, securing a student visa, and
all of this in a language that you may not speak.
deciding whether or not to go with a provider, take a look at the cost of the
program and what is included with the cost. Most students find
that providers are worth the cost for the assistance and excursions they
provide, and for the time saved not having to plan everything on their own.
fast! Before you apply, confirm your choice with the Office of Global
Education. In order for you to receive credit towards your degree at CU Denver,
the foreign institution you attend must be accredited. Once we have approved
your program, you will be all set to apply!