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 and does not support any third-party providers unless there is a contractual agreement with BU. If you study abroad through a third-party organization, you will not be registered as a BU student during your program and financial aid will not apply. 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. If you study abroad through a non-BU program for a semester or longer, you will not be registered as a BU student during the program and will have to reapply in order to return as a student at 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.