Study Abroad

Develop a global network, experience cultural customs
and cuisines, and strengthen your language
capabilities…all while BUILDING YOUR RESUME!

Become an Afropolitan!
Study abroad at Howard!


Study Abroad: The Experience Of A Lifetime

Howard University is a global institution. We are preparing our students to be highly-skilled, culturally competent, leaders for the global community and as such, we believe that incorporating an international experience into your academic plan at Howard is an essential element towards achieving this goal. We invite every Howard student to visit the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center to discuss opportunities available to you to live and learn in another country for a summer, a semester or a year!

Benefits of Studying Abroad:

  • According to a study from the UK, 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period;
  • According to the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) survey of over 3,500 alumni study of program alumni, Americans who studied abroad earned on average $7,000 more in starting salaries than their peers who didn’t go overseas;
  • According to that same IES survey 76% of study abroad returnees said they “acquired skill sets that influenced their career path” and 62% felt that study abroad “ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience,” and 96% of business students responded that their study abroad experience had made a difference in their career plans in a separate survey.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1-year at Howard University
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Good standing withHoward University
  • 12+ credits abroad (per semester)
  • Hold a passport (prior to departure)
  • Attendance at Pre-Departure Orientation

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2017: February 22

Fall 2017: March 10

* *certain programs have an earlier deadline

5 Steps to Study Abroad:

  1. Attend an information session & talk to the Bunche Brigade
  2. List all your courses needed to graduate on-time
  3. Do your research. Look through the study abroad programs available under the ‘Program Providers’ tab
  4. Identify 1-3 programs that offer a minimum of 5 courses related to your remaining course requirements
  5. Request an appointment with the Study Abroad Program Manager,, to discuss your choices and steps moving forward!.

*PLEASE NOTE: All course work must be taken on a “for credit” basis. Courses should not be taken as “audit” or “pass-fail.” All grades and credit hours will be calculated into the student’s Howard University cumulative GPA and recorded on the Howard University transcript

Top 10 Bison Abroad FAQs:

When can I study abroad?

Students are eligible to study abroad after they have spent two semesters studying on Howard’s campus and up to the fall semester of their senior year.


Note: Students should prepare to study abroad NOW. The more electives, language classes and general courses that you have left on your scheme, the more locations that you have the option of traveling to.

How long can I study abroad?

Through the RBC, Howard students can study for up to 1- academic year and/or during the summer as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

Where can I study abroad?

Howard Students can study abroad in the following regions, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the South Pacific, and the Middle East.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

Studying abroad at Howard can be approximately the same price as staying on campus! The price will depend on the program that you select.

Does my Howard scholarship apply to study abroad?

Yes, during the academic school year. However, these funds are not applicable during summer study abroad. Private scholarships and loans can be used during the summer with advance preparation

Do I have to know a foreign language to go abroad?

No. You can travel to many different countries and take class in English and classes to learn the local language. However, a few programs do have a language requirement.

Where would I live while abroad?

Howard students have multiple options including, a home stay, an apartment, or on campus. The choice is generally up to the student and dependent upon what the program offers in any give city.

Do I need a passport?

Should I be worried about my security while abroad?

Howard students must travel to locations that are not listed on the US State Department’s Travel Warning List. Thus, travel abroad is generally safe and students are in no more at threat abroad than in the US.

Should I be worried about my security while abroad?

Howard students must travel to locations that are not listed on the US State Department’s Travel Warning List. Thus, travel abroad is generally safe and students are in no more at threat abroad than in the US.

Why should I study abroad?

There are a million different reasons to go abroad, but a few are as follows:

  • To experience & learn a new culture and language
  • To learn about your major/minor from an international perspective
  • To learn about the US from an outside context
  • To experience a new university style/system
  • To make yourself a competitive applicant for future opportunities (jobs, internships, fellowships, graduate school, etc.)

Study Abroad Information Sessions:

Every Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:00pm, RBC

Sessions are held at the Bunche Center, during the application period (January- March & August- October)

Contact Information / Location:

Ralph J. Bunche Center,
2218 6th Street NW,
Washington DC 20059,
2nd floor

Program Manager:
MaRaina Montgomery


Study Abroad Hours


By appointment only.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays:

Summer and Fall 2017
Information Sessions

Thursdays & Fridays:

2:00pm – 5:00pm