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Important Information


All faculty, staff, and student organizations are welcome to request a classroom presentation from the William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad. We are happy to provide a student panel, power point presentation, or focused discussion on international education opportunities. To request a presentation at any time throughout the year, please email 

Study Abroad 101
  • Per Internal Governing Policy (IGP) #56: All international education opportunities for credit must be administered through the William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad (WWSA). This includes but is not limited to field work, study abroad, and internships. 
  • Students interested in study abroad:
    • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of application.
    • Must be enrolled at EIU and in good academic, judicial, & financial standing.
  • Non-EIU students may apply as Guest Students and should contact the William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad to learn more.
  • Any major is welcome to study abroad. Course Approval Forms are completed prior to departure to ensure continued progress towards graduation.
  • Students may study abroad at any time in their academic career at EIU, following their first semester.
    • It is preferred that transfer students complete at least one semester at EIU prior to study abroad. This may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the intended academic department and the William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad.
  • Students may not take pass/fail courses abroad. All courses taken abroad are taken for credit and a letter grade (except in the case of CR/NC internships).
  • There are many funding options for EIU students who wish to study abroad.
    • Our dedicated Financial Aid representative is Paula Coartney (, 217-581-5034).
    • All study abroad students should consider filing a FAFSA ( if they have not already, as it can provide for additional loan and grant opportunities.
    • Full-time EIU students with a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible for WWSA Grants. These are competitive financial need based and merit based awards for students planning to study abroad. More information can be found in the "Financial Aid & Scholarships" section of our website.
    • To be eligible for most types of summer aid, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.