University Studies Abroad Consortium

Study Abroad with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

USAC - Your Gateway to the World

Our headquarters are located right here on campus, but students from any university are welcome to participate on USAC programs. That means not only will you make friends and connections in your host country, but you can also engage and network with peers from all over the United States while you explore another country and culture together. And because we are your study abroad office, University of Nevada, Reno students like you have access to special resources to help you plan your study abroad experience.

Are you a staff or faculty member looking for international opportunities?

USAC offers multiple programs to faculty and professional staff members interested in helping to internationalize our campus.

Are you interested in having USAC staff visit your classroom?

USAC staff members are available to give presentations to your class(es) and/or any student organization with which you may be affiliated.

Study abroad checklist

Every year hundreds of University of Nevada, Reno students study abroad with USAC. With programs in 27 countries, classes for every major offered in English, and plenty of immersion opportunities, it is easy to find a location that fits into your academic program and meets your personal goals.

Follow the steps below to make sure you are picking the correct program for your personal and academic goals, and don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions along the way.

  • Explore programs and courses

    Each of USAC's 50+ program locations offer a wide variety of courses, immersion opportunities, and extra-curricular activities.

    USAC is partnered with universities across the world and has Resident Directors in more than a dozen countries. Learn more about our specialty and partnership programs and what is the right fit for you.

    USAC Program Models

  • Contact USAC
    • Attend a USAC Study Abroad 101 Session (held multiple times per semester) or another USAC-hosted event to ask questions and narrow your search.
    • Stop by the USAC Advising Center to pick-up materials or ask us questions. It is located on the first floor of the Virginia St. Gym next to Church Fine Arts. Walk-in advising is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Schedule an appointment: walk-in, call (775) 784-6569, or email us and include which location(s) you are interested in so we can pair you with the correct Advisor.
  • Meet with your academic advisor

    Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to make sure you understand how the courses you take abroad will count toward your degree. Be sure to consider courses that may count towards your major or minor.

    Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid to review your financial aid and how you will be able to best apply that toward the program you want to study abroad at. You want to be sure you are aware of any financial aid requirements and limitations while selecting your program.

  • Apply for your next adventure

    Studying abroad is more affordable than you may think. In fact, USAC offers programs in dozens of countries that are comparable to staying at the University of Nevada, Reno for a semester, and award more than $100,000 in scholarships to UNR students annually.

    Learn more about financing your study abroad with tips, resources, and scholarship opportunity details.

    USAC Scholarships & Financial Aid Information

    1. Start your USAC application online
    2. You will receive your Student Gateway Account that will provide you with program specific resources, forms, and people to contact.
    3. Watch the USAC Application Webinar to help guide you through the process.
    4. Meet with your USAC Program Advisor to help you prepare for your adventure abroad.
Do you know where you’d like to go and are ready to get started?

Already have the perfect study abroad destination in mind? Apply to USAC today to get started on your next adventure.

Apply to USAC

Study abroad opportunities

What can I study abroad?

Just because you're abroad doesn't mean you can't keep studying what you love or make progress towards graduation. Students from any major can study abroad and most courses you take abroad can be used to fulfill specific degree requirements. Consider all the courses you need to take to earn your degree and don't focus only on your major.

You can also use your time abroad to learn a language, add a minor, or complete general education requirements. Don't speak another language? Not a problem. All study abroad programs offer coursework in English. However, if you are interested in learning a language, you can complete up to four semesters of language instruction in just one semester abroad.

Learn more about our Specialty and Partnership program models and what is the right fit for you.

Program Models

Explore programs by academic discipline, program, and find UNR course equivalencies. 

How do I pay to study abroad?

Studying abroad is more affordable than you may think. In fact, USAC offers programs in 13 countries that are comparable to staying at the University of Nevada, Reno for a semester, and award more than $100,000 in scholarships to UNR students each year.

One of the first questions students (and their parents) ask is "Can I study abroad affordably?” The answer is "Absolutely."

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Study abroad is an integral, necessary part of a 21st century education—not just a luxury, or fun "extra" available only to the privileged few. As such, one of USAC's core commitments is to make study abroad an option for all students. As a nonprofit, university-based organization, we understand the financial pressures students and parents face to finance their education and we are committed to maintaining modest fees for our programs.

Federal financial aid and most Nevada scholarships can be used for any USAC programs, and the Millennium Scholarship can be used toward USAC Specialty Programs, where you earn UNR academic credit while abroad. You can also find more information on applying your existing financial aid and scholarships to study abroad via UNR’s Office of Financial Aid Study Abroad & Financial Aid.

Meet with the USAC Scholarship Coordinator to discuss all scholarship opportunities that might be available for you by emailing us or by stopping by the USAC office.

Don’t let concerns over finances keep you from going abroad—do your research, apply for scholarships, and plan ahead, and study abroad can be within your reach.

Learn more about financing your study abroad with tips, resources, and scholarship opportunity details.