Third-Party Study-Abroad Organizations

Third-Party Study-Abroad Organizations


Third-party providers are independent organizations that facilitate or administer study-abroad programs. They often act as intermediaries by assisting program participants with logistics like course registration and housing arrangements. While models differ, academic and social guidance is generally included throughout the duration of a program, such as orientation, support services, field trips and cultural activities. Additionally, providers are typically able to provide transcripts that ease credit transfer for students who enroll in their programs based at universities abroad. Some are for-profit organizations.

Warning: Bloomsburg University does not have contractual agreements with any of these third-party providers, which means that financial aid will not apply. If you wish to have financial aid apply to your study abroad, then you will need to study abroad on a BU program. If you study abroad through one of these providers, you will also need to verify in advance whether and how credits will transfer back to BU.

Study abroad has become a huge industry and there are many third-party providers. Here are just a few prominent ones:

The website GoOverseas publishes a great number of reviews and reports of study-abroad programs.

Other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education also offer study-abroad opportunities and BU students can take advantage of them, as well:

For a database of study-abroad opportunities, see: http://www.studyabroad.com/

If you would like a truly unique adventure and make a meaningful contribution toward a better world, you should see if the organization United Planet has something for you.

Students applying to study abroad through third-party providers still must apply at BU to study abroad.