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Application Questions


How do I apply to study away? What is the application deadline?

The deadlines differ between programs, but applications are usually due between November and January of the year preceding the program. See current program application deadlines.

What is the maximum numbers of programs to which I can apply?

You can apply to up to three study away programs per semester (3 Fall semester programs and 3 Spring semester programs). Additionally, students can apply for three MayX/Summer programs. If you are accepted into more than one program, you have the option to choose in which program you want to participate.

How competitive are Furman’s Study Away programs? How many students are accepted?

Most programs accept 8-25 students, with the majority averaging around 17 students. Depending on the program, they can be quite competitive. Some programs always have a large number of applicants. We recommend talking to the faculty director about a specific program to gauge the competitiveness. Students are not guaranteed to be accepted to any program.

How do I find out what courses are offered in each Study Away program?

Courses for Faculty-led programs will be listed on the program’s online information page under academics. You can ask the program’s faculty director for more information about the course requirements and expectations. Furman Faculty-led programs include 4 courses in a Semester and 2 courses for a MayX program. Some study away programs include courses enrolled through another university.

For information about Affiliate and Exchange courses, contact the study away adviser or review the course listings provided on each programs online brochure under the Academic section. Students participating in an exchange or affiliate information should be aware how the courses transfer back to Furman. Students may complete a Transfer Course Authorization form to learn how their desired affiliate or exchange classes may be credited at Furman.


I have a major that doesn’t allow for a semester away from Furman. What are my options?

You have a few options. May Experience programs are a good way for students to have an experience abroad if they are required to be on campus for specific courses, sports, or any other reason. You could also participate in a summer program that is not affiliated with Furman.

Does GPA affect whether or not you will be accepted to a program?

Some faculty directors use GPA to choose students for their program, but it is not the sole factor which leads to acceptance or rejection from a program. Some faculty-led, affiliate and exchange programs may have GPA requirements. If you are concerned about a GPA requirement, contact the faculty leader or the Rinker Center regarding these requirements.

If I turn in my application early, will it improve my chances of acceptance?

All applications are officially reviewed after the application deadline and all students will receive their status on the same day (two weeks after acceptance). However, in turning in your application early, this may provide faculty the time to complete a more detailed review of your application.

How can I make my application more competitive?

Students are encouraged to reach out to the faculty leaders or advisers and attend program-specific information sessions to learn more about the program and its requirements. Competitive applications consist of well-written, professional responses that consider how the program fits into their academic, professional and personal pathways. Responses should provide program-specific examples rather than general ideas that can be applied across applications. Students are encouraged to research provided program experiences or opportunities, housing options, and specific course interests if the student is participating on an affiliate or exchange program.

Some questions to think about while deciding and completing your applications include:

Which/How will the study away program help you reach your career goals?
Which/How will the  study away program contribute to your resume in the best way?
Which/How will the study away program enhance your academic experience at Furman?
Which/How will the study away program push you outside of your comfort zone?
Which/How will the study away program help you meaningfully engage with the local culture?