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The Office of Education Abroad does not administer the following programs; however, Hunter students may study abroad on programs offered by any other CUNY. We encourage you to search the opportunities they offer.


Important Note on COVID-19:

In light of continued concerns over student health and safety, persistent travel restrictions, and countries' evolving entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international student travel for academic credit (study abroad) for summer 2021 has been suspended. A phased restart of study abroad programming will be announced by CUNY with the approval of New York State as soon as conditions permit for fall 2021. 

For further information and the latest updates, please visit our homepage.

We are continuing to advise students online! If you'd like to speak with an advisor about studying abroad, you can make an appointment here.


Before You Go:

Step 1: Choose a program. You can search for CUNY programs here.


Step 2: Submit the Online Application Form after reviewing our general eligibility requirements. You should also check that you meet the eligibility requirements for your chosen program.

Have the following documents prepared to upload with your online application:

  • Personal statement (250-500 words) describing: How will study abroad contribute to your academic or professional goals and how will you engage with the local community abroad? You may use the same statement you plan to submit for your program application.
  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial and pulled from CUNYFIRST as long as your name is printed on it).
  • Scan of the photo page of your passport. We require a copy of your valid passport before you go abroad. If you are in the process of applying for or rewewing your passport, you may submit the Online Application Form without this; however, you must be prepared to email a scan of your new passport as soon as you receive it.

You will receive an email from the Office of Education Abroad when you have been approved to study abroad within 5-7 business days. You may proceed with your program application (Step 3) AFTER you receive approval from the Office of Education Abroad.

Step 3: Submit your program application via the host CUNY school. Please check directly with your host school's study abroad office for application deadlines and requirements as well as any questions you may have about the application process or program.



Submit the following documents using this link. You will need to submit all information at the same time.

  • Copy of your program acceptance.
  • SPARC completion certificate. Please follow instructions here and save your certificate as a PDF to upload.



FALL programs abroad due MAY 1
WINTER programs abroad due NOVEMBER 15
SPRING programs abroad due DECEMBER 1
SUMMER programs abroad due APRIL 15

All courses you take abroad need academic department approvals in order for you to receive credit towards your Hunter degree.


Course Approval

You will use the course approval form to get the courses you plan to take abroad approved as equivalent Hunter courses.

Step 1: Visit department advisor(s) for course equivalency approval. If you have options for more than one course, we highly suggest getting additional/backup courses choices approved.

Step 2: Visit assigned advisor (or MHC or SEEK); assigned advisor indicates if equivalent course(s) fit in your degree plan and signs the course equivalency form.

Step 3: Make a copy of your course equivalency form(s) for yourself and submit the ORIGINAL course equivalency form(s) to the Office of Education Abroad.




You must submit an EPERMIT to be registered for the course(s) abroad you are taking as part of the program.

IMPORTANT: You will submit your ePermit for STABD credits, NOT for a specific academic course code. STABD credits are placeholder credits for study abroad. You should request the number of credits you are taking abroad as STABD credits at both your home campus (Hunter) and your host campus (the CUNY offering the study abroad program). Check with the host CUNY's study abroad office to confirm the correct STABD code for the host campus/program.

Submit your ePermit using CUNYfirst. Go to your Student Center and select ePermit from the drop-down menu there. Choose the term you will be studying abroad and select "add ePermit." The "add ePermit" option will allow you to search for STABD credits. The option to add ePermit with equivalent courses will not, so make sure you select "add ePermit."

Check the status of your ePermit to confirm that it has been processed and approved. You can do this by following the above steps, and then searching ePermit instead of adding. Do not assume your ePermit registration is complete simply because you submitted it!

Once your ePermit is approved, you will be able to pay tuition for your credits through the Hunter Bursar Office.

**If you're having problems with any of the above steps, inform an advisor in the Education Abroad office right away. DON'T WAIT! We can help you come up with a solution only if we know there's a problem.**

 Make sure you submit all required documents and payments and follow all instructions from the host CUNY about your program abroad.



While You're Abroad:

You must inform the Education Abroad office IMMEDIATELY if you change any of your courses while you're abroad. You then MUST get your new course(s) approved immediately:

Step 1:Download the course approval form and fill in the student sections of pages 1 and 2, making sure to sign both pages. Fill in columns 1, 2, and 3 with the information for the new course(s) you need to have approved.

Step 2: Email an advisor in each department from which you need an approval and cc the Office of Education Abroad. Provide the course name and syllabus you need approved and an attachment of the course approval form you have filled in. 

Step 3: The advisor can either fill in columns 4-7 of the form and send it back as a scan, OR state in the email the Hunter equivalent course code and number of credits you will receive at Hunter. 

Step 4: Forward approval email(s) to your assigned advisor (keeping Ed Abroad copied) so they can determine if new equivalent course(s) are applicable to your degree. They too should either fill in columns 8 and 9 of the form and send it back as a scan, OR state in the email if the Hunter equivalent course(s) is applicable to your degree. 

ALL EMAILS MUST COME FROM HUNTER EMAIL ADDRESSES. Use your myHunter email address and make sure you email the professor/advisor at their Hunter email address as well. Electronic approvals are only valid if Hunter email addresses are used.


After You Return:

(1)  Check your CUNYfirst account to see when the host CUNY campus posts your course(s)/grade(s) for your program abroad. Once grades are posted, inform Hunter's Education Abroad Office. We can then proceed with your course transfer.

(2)  The Education Abroad Office will submit your course approval form to the Registrar's office. At that time, your approved equivalent Hunter course(s) will appear on your Hunter record. Check CUNYfirst to make sure the equivalent course(s) have posted.

All paperwork must be submitted and equivalent courses posted to your Hunter record by the conclusion of the semester following your semester abroad (i.e. courses from Spring programs must be posted by the end of the Summer semester, courses from Summer programs must be posted by the end of the Fall semester, and courses from Fall and Winter programs must be posted by the end of the Spring semester).


Failure to follow the above procedures in a timely manner may result in the loss of financial aid, your ability to go abroad, and graduate!

Credit/grading for students attending CUNY programs follow ePermit regulations, which includes grades counting towards your Hunter GPA. Courses taken as Pass/Fail will not transfer. 


If you receive financial aid and/or scholarships at Hunter, it is your responsibility to speak with a financial aid advisor and/or your scholarship provider to discuss how your study abroad may affect your financial aid/scholarships.

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695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065