Third-Party Programs

Third-party programs are coordinated and administered by outside organizations with which UA has affiliate agreements. Students pay their program fees directly to the organization, and students may qualify for scholarships or grants through the organization.

For in-state students, third-party programs are often more expensive than UA programs. However, third-party affiliates offer a wider variety of destinations and opportunities.

Steps to complete to participate in a third-party program

  1. Complete the Education abroad application
  2. Send your requests for Academic reference forms
  3. Complete the Student conduct study abroad release Form
  4. Once approved through the Education Abroad office, you may then apply to your destination school

Things to do right away

  • Apply for a passport as one of your first planning steps. See below.
  • Talk with your advisor in your college about what classes you can take abroad and what classes to take here.
  • Consult with the Office of Financial Aid
    • Study Abroad Hours: Mon & Wed 2-3 p.m. and Tue & Thu 11 a.m. to noon
    • Contact Kat Vasko at

After you are admitted

You must have completed before departing:

Passport & Visa

Please note: Passport processing times have increased due to covid. If you plan to travel abroad, make applying for a passport your FIRST STEP. Expect up to 18 weeks for routine service and 12 weeks for expedited service. Check the US government travel site for more details on applying and wait times.

  • Your passport should generally be valid at least six months beyond the date of your anticipated return to the U.S.
  • If a visa is required for entry to your destination, your Exchange University representative will provide guidance on how to obtain the visa. Please make certain to ask them about this important step.

Check for scholarship opportunities

There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study abroad.

Check the additional resources

There are a number of additional resources that can be helpful to students planning to study abroad.

Third-party Affiliates

Study Abroad at The University of Akron

Education Abroad Office
International Center
Simmons Hall 205

Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heather Pollock

Education Abroad Coordinator
Heather Pollock


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