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Study Abroad

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Chattanooga State’s study abroad program operates in association with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS). Based in Knoxville at Pellissippi State Community College, TnCIS is approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to sponsor study abroad programs for TBR member institutions including all community colleges and state universities.

Multicultural & International Student Services
Location: S-113
Phone: 423-697-3352
Email: internationals@chattanoogastate.edu


Process

Starting the application process gives TnCIS and ChattState's office of Multicultural & International Student Services permission to review your academic and disciplinary records. 

Step 1: Complete the TnCIS application at www.tncis.org

A completed TnCIS application consist of the following:

  • nonrefundable $100 application fee (Link to the appropriate form available soon)
  • official transcript sent to TnCIS by the ChattState registrar (Order your transcripts for free here)
  • online recommendation form completed by a professor (you will manage this through the online TnCIS application form)

Application closes on Thursday, February 11, 2022, but it is strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. To pay the application fee, submit the Application Fee Form to internationals@chattanoogastate.edu and you will receive further instructions for payment.

Step 2: Funding

  1. Complete the Study Abroad Interest Application to be considered for the Study Abroad grant.

  2. Additional scholarships may be available through the Chattanooga State Foundation. You will need to complete the Chattanooga State General Scholarship application to be considered for them.

Note: If funding is available, you may be eligible for an additional needs-based grant that may cover up to 25% of the program cost.

Requirements:

  • Pell grant eligible*
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Write an explanation of needs
  • If not Pell eligible provide proof of unmet financial need at an interview with the committee

If you decide not to participate in study abroad after submitting an application, you must notify TnCIS and ChattState’s Office of Multicultural &International Student Services.


Program Funding

Chattanooga State offers grants and partnership grants to assist with study abroad program expenses. These grants are funded through the college and the student international fee. Funding is limited and does not cover the entire study abroad program fee, but our goal is to cover 50% of its cost. Students are encouraged to seek additional funding through financial aid or other personal resources.

If you choose to have a GoFundMe page or solicit funding for your program, it cannot be done using Chattanooga State as the soliciting agent.


Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be in good standing with academic and disciplinary matters
  • GPA of 2.0 or better in all college-level coursework
  • Must be degree-seeking
  • Successfully complete at least 12 college-level credit hours by the end of spring 2022 (Learning Support courses are not college-level courses and cannot satisfy this requirement)
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program

Dates

  • Applications open on October 1st, 2021
  • Applications close on February 11, 2022
  • Program fee (your payment for the program, minus your scholarship) is due on March 3, 2022
  • Mandatory orientation on April 2, 2022

Travel Requirements

Passport: Individuals wishing to study abroad will need a valid, unexpired passport. Your emergency contact must also have a valid, unexpired passport in the event that you would need him/her in an emergency situation while you are abroad. Passport information can be found at Travel.State.Gov.

Visa: Individuals with a current visa status (F-1, M-1, etc.) will need to determine whether a tourist visa is required for entry into the country where they plan to study. This information can typically be found on the web page of the country’s embassy/consulate.

For additional information, please refer to the Non-US Citizens section of the TnCIS website.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, undocumented students, and temporary protected status students should consult with an immigration attorney before considering a study abroad program.


Accommodations

If you are a student with a disability, you are encouraged to discuss-early in the process-your need for accommodations with TnCIS personnel and a specialist in ChattState's Center for Access and Disability Services, or the Office of Multicultural & International Student Services (423-697-3371). All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements in order to receive a passing grade in their program, with or without reasonable accommodations.


Study Abroad Resources

Diversity & Inclusion Abroad Guide
Returning Home After Studying Abroad
Resume Tips
Study Abroad LibGuide