In addition to Texas State Faculty-Led, Affiliated and International Exchange Programs with Texas State, there are a number of programs not formally associated with Texas State that students may want to consider.
It is important to keep in mind that by going through a Non-Affiliated provider, you will not be considered a Texas State Student. Financial aid through Texas State is not available for these programs, but students are encouraged to look into other scholarships listed on the Financial Assistance page. Students may also investigate loans, such as private or alternative loans, through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Information about other Education Abroad programs may be found on websites such as Go Overseas, GoAbroad, and Studyabroad.com.
1. Attend a General Information Session
2. Do your research
Find courses that sound the most similar to what you still need to take at Texas State, decide which semester you would like to study abroad, and finally, choose where you would like to go abroad. This is the best process to use when finding a program that will be the best fit for you.
3. Meet with your Academic Advisor
This meeting will be to discuss the courses you still need to take at Texas State. This information will help you when you begin researching programs that will be the best fit for you.
4. Inquire about Scholarship Opportunities
While participating in a Non-Affiliated program, you are not eligible to use your Texas State Financial Aid and Scholarships. However, you may qualify for several study abroad scholarship programs. Some Non-Affiliated providers also offer specific scholarships, so we strongly recommend that you inquire about those financial opportunities.
5.Meet with the Study Abroad Representative
Please schedule an appointment through your STUDENT PORTAL. To access your Student Portal, click on the far right tab labeled LOGIN. and select Student Portal Login and under Learning Content Select Schedule an appointment with a Education Abroad Advisor and select a date and time.
Please provide the information bellow when requesting your advising appointment
- Student ID
- Non-Affiliated Program Details:
- Non-Affiliated Providers Name
- Non-Affiliated Program Name
7. Submit your Transfer Credit Agreement (TCA)
*Please find the Transfer Credit Agreement From in your Non-Affiliated Program online application.
Why do students need to complete this process before departing?
A. You will make the best course selection for your Education Abroad program after talking to your advisor about your academic goals and degree plan.
B. You will understand how the classes you plan to take and credits you earn will apply towards your major, minor or general university requirements.
C. You will have a documented, approved academic plan for your semester abroad.
D. If you do not complete this process, you may not receive credits for courses completed
Undergraduate Steps for Transferring Education Abroad Credits
Why do students need to complete this process before departing?
- You will make the best course selection for your international program after talking to your advisor about your academic goals and degree plan.
You will understand how the classes you plan to take and credits you earn will apply towards your major, minor or general university requirements.
You will have a documented, and approved academic plan for your Education Abroad program.
If you do not complete this process, you may not receive academic credits for courses completed.
- Locate the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Agreement From (TCA) in your online Texas State online application.
- Complete TCA form and Course Descriptions and email them to the Education Abroad staff member:
- Affiliated and Non-Affiliated Program Coordinator: Tania Vera Borunda (email@example.com)
- Please cc the Education Abroad in the e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- It is strongly advised to select more courses than what you really intend to take in case of course cancellations or schedule conflicts. Be sure to attach all course descriptions or syllabi (preferably in English), which you can find in university catalogs, websites, etc.
- Obtain as much information as possible about each of the courses you plan to take. It is your responsibility to obtain course descriptions from your prospective Non-Affiliated provider.
- An Education Abroad staff member will review your TCA form and forward it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for course evaluation.
- The Transcript Evaluator may need to contact you if any additional information is needed.
- The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send the evaluated TCA form to your Advising Center to determine if the selected courses satisfy degree requirements.
- Once the Academic Advisor determines if the courses satisfy degree requirements, the form will be emailed to an Education Abroad staff member.
- An Education Abroad staff member will email the evaluated/approved TCA form back to you.
- If you have questions regarding evaluated/approved TCA, please make an appointment with the Academic Advisor.
- This process usually takes about 5-10 business days.
- At the end of your study abroad program, request that your Non-Affiliated program provider send an official transcript to Education Abroad:
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
- Please be aware that some institutions and Non-Affiliated programs are not prompt in providing official transcripts. It is your responsibility to make sure that the transcript is sent. Texas State cannot request transcripts on your behalf. It is recommended that you request at least two official transcripts, one for Texas State records, and one for your personal files.
- Education Abroad will deliver your transcript to the Office of the Undergraduate Admissions for processing. Courses and grades will not appear on Texas State transcripts until official transcripts from the study abroad program are received.
Please review the TCA policies.
1. Communicate with your Non-Affiliated provider to ensure that your transcript was sent to Education Abroad.
This can take several weeks.
2. Participate in the annual Education Abroad Photo Contest
You can find details about this contest on the Photo Contest page.
3. Double check to see that your coursework transferred over successfully
4. Attend the Own Your Experience Abroad Workshop
This workshop will allow you to share your experience with other students who recently participated on a Education Abroad program, as well as gives you tips on how to incorporate your Education Abroad experience into your job search (i.e. on your resume, social media, in an interview, etc.)
5. Purchase a Study Abroad Graduation Sash for your graduation.
Click here for details.