Interior of a library in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Hieu Vu Minh



Getting Started

The planning stages outlined below will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. The Office of Study Abroad recommends that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad.

Attend a Study Abroad 101 Info Session (Optional)

Study Abroad 101 sessions are offered at least once per month throughout the fall and spring terms. While attendance at a Study Abroad 101 is not required to study abroad, it is highly recommended that you attend to learn about:

  • Program Types and Locations
  • Application Processes and Deadlines
  • Study Abroad Funding, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Explore Program Types

University of Bridgeport Study Abroad offers a wide range of programming in order to meet the diverse needs of our students. The two main categories of study abroad programming are UB Faculty-Led Programs and External Programs. For more information on program types, please review the following information:

The Office of Study Abroad works with UB Faculty members to offer UB taught Faculty-led programs. UB Faculty-Led Programs:

  • Carry direct UB Credit and Grades
  • Are open only to UB Students enrolled in a degree program

UB Faculty-led Programs fall into two categories:

Traditional Faculty-Led Programs

  • Programs organized and led by UB faculty member(s)
  • Courses are for UB students only and are taught entirely abroad
  • Students enroll in and earn direct UB credit and grades
  • Programs typically focus on a single academic discipline/majors

Embedded Faculty-Led Programs

  • Embedded Programs are also organized and led by UB faculty member(s)
  • Courses are for UB students only and are offered primarily on-campus or online but include an international, credit-bearing travel component
  • Students enroll in and earn direct UB credit and grades
  • Programs typically focus on a single academic discipline/majors
  • The international travel component is typically a week long and offered during semester breaks (e.g. spring break)

In addition to UB Faculty-Led Programs, the University of Bridgeport has established relationships with a variety of external partner institutions and study abroad program providers. Through these partnerships, UB students have options to study all around the world UB works directly with the following third-party study abroad organizations:

Please note that not all programs offered by these external providers are approved by UB and all students will be required to apply directly through the University of Bridgeport Study Abroad Application system, prior to completing any external study abroad applications. 

On External Programs, Students:

  • Are billed directly by the external provider
  • With appropriate approvals are eligible for transfer credit to UB
    • All External coursework must be taken for a letter grade and students must receive a passing grade of “C” or higher
    • All External courses must be pre-approved by the appropriate Department(s), Advisor(s), and Dean(s)

Please note that institutional aid, such as merit scholarships and tuition remission, cannot be applied to External Programs.

There are multiple types of external programs available to students, including:

Direct Enrollment

  • Students enroll in a host university abroad as an international student for a semester or academic year
  • Students are fully integrated and take courses with local students
  • Housing is either acquired independently or with support from the host university’s international office

Third Party Provider / Study Center Programs

  • Third Party programs are organized by non-profit study abroad organizations like ISEP, CIEE, CIS, or API.
  • The program fees for these programs typically include tuition, housing, excursions, and partial or full board
  • Students may be less integrated into the host community as courses are usually taken with other U.S. students.

Find a Study Abroad Program

When you are ready to search for a study abroad program, visit our program search page to fill out a Traveler Profile and find and compare programs. Our program search is powered by a study abroad software called Via TRM.

When you first log in to the Program Search, you will be prompted to sign in using your UB Username and Password. The first time that you log in you will be prompted to create a Traveler Profile on the Via TRM system.

Please note: Any fields in the Traveler Profile that are greyed out will automatically sync from information in the UB system. You will not be able to edit this information, simply select “next” to move forward with your Traveler Profile. These synced fields can take up to 24 hours to update with your correct information.

Once you have created a Traveler Profile, you will be prompted to select from the Program Match Tool or you can view all programs on the Programs section of the system. When you are on the Programs page, you can use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow programs by:

  • Program Type
  • Program Length
  • Start Date/End Date
  • Support Level
  • Languages
  • Program Country
  • Program City
  • Housing Type
  • Subject
  • Program Provider

If you have any questions about the program search, feel free to schedule a meeting to speak with us by e-mailing 

Office of Study Abroad Wahlstrom Library, 2nd Floor (203) 576-4541