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Study Abroad

Study abroad is a life-changing experience. Adapting to a foreign culture first hand allows students to develop an entirely new perspective about themselves and the world around them. Expanding horizons with a semester abroad demonstrates a sense of adventure, curiosity and flexibility. Studying abroad enhances communication and inter-personal skills, lends distinction to resumes, and attracts the attention of potential employers. The Office for International Education offers a variety of affordable study abroad programs for students of all majors, regardless of whether you speak a second language or not.

LRU & Study Abroad

LRU Programs

LR offers students the possibility to study abroad for a semester or year through exchange programs. For information on exchange programs that accept LRU financial aid, visit the ISEP and/or Conahec websites.

LR also maintains several bi-lateral exchange agreements with universities around the world. Students may also use their institutional and other forms of financial aid to study at these universities.

LRU has exchange agreements with the following universities:
Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE)
Magdeberg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg (EVHN)
Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund)
University of Basque Country (UPV)

LRU Affiliated Programs

The Office of International Education (OIE) recognizes that LRU programs may not meet the academic, social, and cultural preferences of all students. With this understanding, LRU allows students to participate in LRU Partner programs that OIE has reviewed and approved for transfer credit. Through affiliation agreements with these institutions, students are registered for classes at LRU while studying abroad.


Arcadia University

CEA Global Education

Center for International Studies

Central College

Institute of American Universities

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

International Partnership for Service Learning

The School for Field Studies

Participation in these programs allow students to use federal and state financial aid. LR grants and scholarships may not be used for these or other third-party programs.

Getting Started and Applying

Explore Abroad Options

Attend a Study Abroad convocation in the fall or spring, and/or schedule an appointment with the Office for International Education.

Choose A Program

Choose a program in conversation with an academic adviser, carefully determining the courses you intend to take and how they will count towards your degree. OIE can provide preliminary information about aid as it applies to study abroad, but you should also visit the Financial Aid Office to explore how much aid is available to you for programs you are considering. Schedule a follow up appointment to discuss your refined choices with Laura Dobson and learn about program specific next steps.

Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad

Application Deadline is October 1, 2017

The European Union's Erasmus+Program offers financial support for student exchange between U.S. universities and universities of the countries of the European Union. Lenoir-Rhyne University is one of the exchange partner universities of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain and can award this ERASMUS+ scholarship to its top student (determined first by GPA and second by quality of application and recommendations) attending The University of the Basque Country as an exchange student each spring semester. The scholarship offers 800 Euros per month for up to five months of expenses associated with an academic semester abroad. In addition, it offers an 800 Euro stipend to cover a significant portion of the air ticket to travel to and from Spain. Students must have at least a low intermediate level in Spanish to benefit from this scholarship, and depending on their Spanish level, can take a variety of courses in multiple disciplines in English or in Spanish, as well as Spanish and Basque language courses for international students. (Exchange rates fluctuate, but this scholarship typically amounts to a $4000-4500 value)

Contact the Office for International Education, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.

This Scholarship has a Rolling Application Deadline

The Mary Ann Chou China Study Scholarship provides funds to enable a qualified student, in good academic standing, to participate in a study program to mainland China. The program must last a minimum of three weeks and be sponsored by an academic institution.

Her son Timothy writes "Mary Ann was born in Tsimo in the Shandong province of China on Feb 20, 1918. At the age of five, with her grandmother’s approval, she was able to go to school with her older sister. But it was when she turned 14 that her life changed; she left home to attend the Lutheran School of Nursing. She went on to attend Peking Union Medical College and, in 1939 left China only to meet and marry Dr. David Chou 12 years later. By 1956 she had moved to Hickory, NC, as David became a professor at Lenoir Rhyne. One of her fondest memories is of her twins holding the May Queen’s train on May Day. Amazingly at the age of 49 she passed the state boards in nursing and taught for 10 years at Western Piedmont Community College."

She established this scholarship in 2000 as a way for students at Lenoir Rhyne to develop a better understanding of the country of her birth. The last line of her autobiography she writes: "It is a good feeling to finish my life story which wasn't planned in advance, just like many parts of my real life.... Maybe going to China will be an important part of your life story."

The award of up to $1,500 is currently available for study during a summer or semester.

Contact the Office for International Education, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.

Application Deadline is February 1, 2018

The Office for International Education and the Broyhill Institute for Leadership have collaborated to offer several scholarships ranging from $200 to $1000 each to eligible students for summer study abroad.

These scholarships are available with preference to students who identify the ways in which their study abroad experience will support their leadership development.

Application forms are available in the Office for International Education and here (Doc B).

Returning scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the fall and spring study abroad convocations offered at LR each year. In addition, students could provide leadership through serving the OIE as a Global Ambassador or through the I-Pal program. They may also prepare a video documentary of their experience suitable for placement on the LR website or lead a travel experience for international students studying at LR. Other ideas for leadership are most welcome!

Broyhill or OIE Scholarships which are awarded to full time LR students participating in study abroad summer programs (May 13-August 15). All programs must be a minimum of three weeks in duration. Applications will be judged on 1) financial need, 2) the quality of the application, and 3) the type of program in which the applicant will participate, and 4) the student’s plan for leadership to promote international understanding upon his or her return.

The application should demonstrate his or her a) sufficiency of academic preparation for the proposed study abroad experience; b) motivation and capacity for integrating the study abroad experience into his/her academic or career plans; c) previous experiences which indicate that the applicant possesses the maturity and flexibility necessary for study abroad; and d) intent to apply knowledge gained from study abroad to promote study abroad for other students at LRU.

In terms of program type, priority will be given first to applicants participating in LRU faculty-led, credit bearing study abroad summer programs, second to applicants participating in Affiliate Programs (e.g.., Arcadia, etc.), programs, and third to applicants participating in other credit bearing and non-credit bearing summer study abroad programs.

What is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program?

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program

Who Should Apply?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Learn more about eligibility requirements

Who Sponsors the Program?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.


Eligibility Requirements




Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Receive the Federal Pell Grant; must be abroad more than four weeks (cannot be applied to summer programs) in any country of study

Maximum of $5000

Fall: Mid April

Spring: Early October




What are Boren Scholarships?
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Where do Boren Scholars & Fellows study?
Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Returning from Studying Abroad

Upon returning from studying abroad, students make another appointment with the Office for International Education to share the experience, explore re-entry resources and events and determine how to continue building on the experience. Students are encouraged to:

  • Participate in workshops designed to showcase the abroad experience, and engage in conversations with prospective employers and/or include on graduate applications.
  • Share the experience with prospective students considering studying abroad.
  • Explore international research opportunities or additional study abroad service and mission opportunities.
  • Become an I-Pal for an international student new to LR.
  • Join the Global Ambassadors who work in and support the mission of the Office for International Education

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

2017 & 2018 Trips

Approved and proposed faculty-led programming in spring and summer of 2017. Please contact laura.dobson@lr.edu or the professors listed below for more information.

« Ireland (Lineberger Fellows) - Dr. Rand Brandes
« Italy (Counseling/Psych) - Dr. Gordon Cappelletty
« Iceland (Broyhill Scholars/Business) - Dr. Craig Schreiber
« Germany (Business/Entrepreneurship) - Dr. Ralph Griffith
« Costa Rica (Mission Work) - Dr. Mindy Makant

Proposed faculty-led programming in spring and summer of 2018. Please contact laura.dobson@lr.edu or the professors listed below for more information.

« Ireland (Lineberger Fellows, Honors Academy) -

Dr. Rand Brandes & Dr. Veronica McComb
« Italy (Counseling/Psych) - Dr. Gordon Cappelletty
« Caribbean (Exercise Science/Scuba Diving Certification) - Brent Heaberlin
« China (Broyhill Scholars/Business) - Dr. Craig Schreiber
« Costa Rica (Spanish) – Dr. Eric Schramm
« Germany (Business/Entrepreneurship) - Dr. Ralph Griffith
« Ecuador (Occupational Therapy) - Dr. Sue Friguglietti
« London (Occupational Therapy) - Dr. Sue Friguglietti
« Prague (Humanities) - Dr. Michael Deckard
« London (Nursing) - Dr. Kathryn Tinkelenberg
« Israel (Religion) - Dr. Monte Luker

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to study abroad?

For Lenoir Rhyne semester and academic year programs a 2.5 GPA is the minimum requirement for applicants. Students must attend advising in the Office of International Studies before applying to any study-abroad program.

Can students take courses in their major abroad?

Yes. Students can take courses in their major abroad as long as they have been pre-approved by the student's academic adviser and/or Chair of Department.

Will credits taken abroad transfer back to Lenoir-Rhyne?

Yes. All classes taken abroad will transfer as long as the academic advisor, chair and Registrar pre-approve them before departure. Students must also pass the class. All grades will appear on the student's transcript.

If participating in a non-LR program, classes taken abroad will appear as transfer credit on the transcript. To gain transfer credit, the student must receive at least a C for each class. When completing the program application, a Course Approval Form must be completed with the academic advisor. This form states how each class is to be counted toward degree completion (i.e. for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements).

Can student financial aid be applied to studying abroad?

If participating in a Lenoir Rhyne semester or year-long program, federal financial aid and LR aid or scholarships will be applied to the student's study abroad program. If participating in a non-LR program, federal aid may count toward the program; however, LR aid and scholarships will not count toward the program. All students applying for and using financial aid need to work with LR financial aid officers to complete all necessary paperwork.

Are study abroad scholarships available?

Yes. View scholarships on the scholarships tab above.

Are participants required to speak a foreign language?

No. There are options for students who do not speak a foreign language to study abroad.

When should students study abroad?

Students should begin thinking about study abroad during their first year at LR, and discuss study abroad possibilities with their academic advisor.

Can transfer students study abroad?

Yes. Transfer students are eligible to study abroad.

When should study abroad planning begin?

Students interested in studying abroad should start as early as possible by visiting their advisor or the Office of International Education.

Are there meetings before the study abroad program begins?

Yes. Schedules for these meetings are be posted on the website for International Study. All students participating in study abroad are required to attend a mandatory orientation before departure.

Is a passport required to study abroad?

Yes. Information for applying for a passport is available at the Office for International Education and on the United States Department of State's website.

Contact OIE

Laura Dobson

Laura Dobson

Director of International Education, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science

OIE News

"You can only learn so much from the textbook in your comfort zone. That textbook can never give you an experience like studying abroad can."- Michael Hanlon, travelled to Costa Rica