Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Who may study abroad for a semester at the University of Nottingham?

Piedmont College students in good standing with the College who have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.25 may apply to the Semester Abroad Committee.

Is it necessary to have traveled internationally before planning a semester abroad?

No, it is not necessary, but highly recommended that students have traveled prior to applying for a semester abroad. Students are prepared to travel and attend the University through our training sessions which include presentations from students who have previously attended the University.

What are the costs for the semester abroad at the University of Nottingham?

Students pay Demorest tuition and room and board charges to attend the University. There are also the costs of a round trip airline ticket, additional insurance policy costs, the cost of a passport, and sufficient funds for school supplies, and other fees the University may impose. Students must also have available funds to support their lifestyle while in the UK.

How will I get acclimated to the University and the British education system?

First, students participate in orientations sessions on the Piedmont campus the semester prior to departing. Upon arrival in Nottingham or Ningbo, students participate in the University’s Welcome Program which occurs over the first few days after arrival. During this time, students are guided through the University course registration process. By the time classes start, students are settled into their accommodations, familiar with the University resources, and know their way around campus.

How many courses will I need to take as a University student?

Students take three to five courses while studying at the University as they would at Piedmont College in order to maintain full time status. Piedmont College advisors work closely with students in choosing appropriate courses that will help to complete the students program of study upon their return to the College.

How do University courses differ from courses taught at Piedmont College?

The University system of education requires less class time, fewer course evaluations, and a much shorter semester. Typically, students will go to class for a short time once or twice per week. Students are expected to engage in content research and reading on their own time. Most courses require one major paper at midterm and a comprehensive final exam or another major paper due at the end of the semester. Class sizes vary from 20 to 300 students.

How will my University grades transfer to Piedmont College?

The University sends Piedmont College a transcript of semester grades and they will be posted to your Piedmont College transcript. University grades are not added into your cumulative GPA. However, failing courses at the University may reduce scholarship awards for future semesters at Piedmont College.