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With the expansion of veterans benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, UofSC is pleased
to welcome an increasing number of veterans and military-affiliated students to campus.
Likewise, the Study Abroad Office is seeing a record number of students who wish to
use their veteran’s benefits towards a study abroad program. This is a fantastic way
to participate in further global experiences, complementing your international experiences
gained through the military.
Questions to consider with an Advisor/by yourself:
How is the military viewed in my host country?
What unique perspectives can I contribute towards my study abroad experience? What
do I hope to gain from my study abroad experience?
What military/family/school obligations at home do I need to consider when planning?
Can I apply my veteran’s benefits to my study abroad program?
Are there similar local VA organizations or clubs in the area I am traveling to where
I could meet others?
Veteran's Benefits and Study Abroad:
Global Exchange Program: with this type of program, you will be paying tuition directly to UofSC at the in-state
rate but will be taking classes at a foreign institution; because of this, UofSC is
seen as a third-party provider and therefore are likely not VA-benefit eligible
Global Classroom Program / Global UofSC Program: with these types of programs, tuition comes directly to UofSC and courses are taught
by UofSC faculty (thereby being UofSC "owned"); further, these short-term programs
are often more feasible for students who have military/family obligations at home
and can’t be gone for longer periods of time
Global Direct Program: participants pay tuition directly to the host institution; for this reason, you
will need to ensure that there is a School Certifying Official (SCO) at your host
institution who will agree to certify your benefits; you can verify this through the
Study Abroad Office or by visiting WEAMS
Global Partner Program: sometimes called a “third-party provider,” SCOs are often less likely to certify
benefits for these programs because you would be paying your tuition and fees to a
third party; if you were interested in a Global Partner Program, plan to meet with
the Study Abroad Office to discuss the process
VA Post-9/11 GI Bill: Study Abroad Program: Official information from the Veterans Benefits Administration on how the Post-9/11
GI Bill may apply to study abroad program fees and tuition. Use this as a resource
as you work with the UofSC School Certifying Officials to certify your benefits for
your study abroad program.
The Last Continent: Follow UofSC student Brooks Herring, a Navy veteran, as he describes, in mesmerizing
and honest detail, his experience abroad in Australia.
From Soldier to Student: Kaylee Tindle, an Army veteran, studies in Morocco with ISA (a UofSC-approved Global
Partner Program). In this brief letter, she reflects on her reasons for wanting to