Study Abroad Application Process

The Study Abroad Application will be available in Fall 2020 for Summer 2021.

The Study Abroad application process is quick and easy. Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs provide a short, affordable and memorable connection with the world through our world-class faculty. 


Plan early

It is never too early to start planning to study abroad. Vaqueros programs typically run in the Minimester, Summer I and Summer II terms. Speak to an International Programs Specialist in our office (Edinburg STAC 3.128, Brownsville MAIN 1.308) and with your Academic Advisor to begin planning your study abroad experience.


There are many benefits to studying abroad and in participating in a Vaqueros program. 

  • Led by UTRGV Faculty
  • Affordable
  • Short in length
  • International experience is valued by employers

Deadlines to Apply 

Minimester: March 2021

Summer I: April 2021
Summer II: April 2021

International Education Fee Scholarship: April 2020

Steps to Apply for a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

Summer 2020 Short-Term Catalog will be uploaded in September 2019 (Courses, Dates, & Prices) (Last Updated on 07/10/2019)

Step 1: Study Abroad Begins with your Passport.

The U.S. Passport Process

You Must Apply in Person if:
  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago.
  • Your name has changed and you are unable to document your name change.
Renew by Mail if Your Most Recent Passport:
  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application.
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • Was issued within the last 15 years.
  • Was issued in the exact same name as your previous passport or you can legally document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government-issued document.

Step 2: Study Abroad Application

  • Online Application - For Instructions. Contact our office, (956) 665-3572 or
  • You will be charged a non-refundable $125 application fee when your application is approved AND your program actually meets its enrolment numbers and is approved. You will not be charged the application fee if your application is not approved OR your study abroad program is not approved due to low enrolments or other events. You will also need to meet with the program specialist assigned to your program. 

Summary of Benefits for your Mandatory Health Care.

Health Care FAQ

Step 3: Approval

After your application and supporting documents have been submitted you will receive a notification that you have been approved to attend the study abroad program. All pertinent information concerning your study abroad program such as travel and logistics will be communicated to you once you have been approved.

Refund Policy:

UTRGV Sponsored Programs Refund Schedule

Students who withdraw after being approved for a program will be subject to the following refund schedule:

  • From the date of approval to 91 days before the start of the program: Program fee will be refunded, minus non-recoverable costs.
  • 90 — 61 days before the start of the program: 50% program fee refunded, minus non-recoverable costs.
  • Withdrawal 60 days or less before the start of the program: During this late withdrawal period, all program fees and non-recoverable costs will be committed, and students will not receive a refund of any kind.

Download the full refund policy for UTRGV Study Abroad and Study Away Programs