Before You Go
Plan your academic journey
- Academic Advising
Students are responsible for understanding their degree requirements and how study
abroad courses may apply towards those requirements. Use the Learning Agreement Form
to develop an appropriate study plan. IAP advisors are available to meet and answer
questions to guide students with their program search and provide direction throughout
- Course Evaluations/Approvals
Students must complete the course evaluation/approval process to ensure how credits
may be degree applicable. This step is outlined and completed through the
Learning Agreement Form
. The form can be downloaded from
. Students are encouraged to visit our
partner course database
to learn which courses have already been reviewed by SBU.
- Credit Conversion/Transfer
Students planning for a partner university experience are responsible for understanding
the partner university’s registration procedures and deadlines. Education systems
in other countries are different and can be confusing. If the credit and registration
system at the host institution is not clear, students must consult their SBU International
Program Coordinator for assistance in order to avoid potential complications upon
All students must follow the SBU credit limit policy while registering for courses
Review the SBU Credit Limit Policy
All students should
take courses on a pass/fail basis. Grades of "P" generally do not satisfy degree
Review the SBU Grade Policy
Non-SBU students must contact their home university to confirm their home university
credit transfer policy.
Students may need to register in multiple places such as at SBU via SOLAR and at the
host institution for partner university programs. Non-SBU students will likely be
required to register at their home campus as well. Registration instructions are provided
and nominated/nominated students must complete the process by the assigned deadlines.
will need to register via SOLAR prior to departure for the courses scheduled for
the program (faculty directed) or for the study abroad placeholder course (partner
university programs). The International Programs Coordinator will share additional
details about the process prior to departure.
must obtain information about the policies/procedures for participating in another
university’s program from their home campus Study Abroad office to ensure smooth credit
Students participating in a Partner University Program
will also need to register at their host institution.
- Pre-Departure Orientation
Participation in the Pre-departure General Orientation in person or online is mandatory.
Parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Some programs will also have required program
Pre-Departure session dates will be announced via
- Health & Safety
The health and safety of our students is our top priority. Stony Brook University’s
International Academic Programs office is committed to the continuous assessment of
our program locations. We direct students to various resources so that they become
informed about the current details of their location so they are best able to plan
for a healthy and safe experience abroad.
All students participating in a SBU Study Abroad program will be enrolled in the required
SUNY health insurance through United Health Care. Click
for information on UHC Member Guide and Policy. Students that would like to plan
or continue their care during their time abroad, they must discuss this directly with
their health care provider. Any questions about the ability to travel with prescription
medicine or the availability of specific medicines at the location abroad may contact
It is recommended to learn about your host country prior to departure. It is important
to know about the cultural norms, the political system, and current happenings. Students
should use the resources listed below for information.