Addie Patterson Wilson

Applying to LeadAbroad

Do I need to send in an official transcript?

Yes, for GO and LEAD programs. Please send an official transcript directly from the registrar at your home university to Oglethorpe University. For DIRECT and PRO programs, you do not need to send in a transcript.

Please use your school’s electronic delivery service to send the transcript to Oglethorpe University.  If you must request via email, please send to  Alternatively, you can send via mail to:

Oglethorpe University
Office of Admission
4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA  30319

Is my application fee or deposit refundable?

In order to complete your application, you will submit Payment #1 for a total of $500. $100 of this is a non-refundable application fee. The remaining $400 program deposit is refundable until January 1. You must officially withdraw before this date to have your deposit returned.

Is there a minimum age to travel with LeadAbroad?

Yes. You must be 18 years of age to participate on any LeadAbroad program.

My GPA does not meet the minimum. Can I still apply?

Yes. The GPA minimum for GO and LEAD programs is 2.0. If you are below a 2.0, complete the application per usual, and our team will be in touch with the additional steps.

If you apply in the fall semester and your GPA is between 2.0 and 2.5, LeadAbroad will request an additional transcript in the spring semester to confirm you’ve met the GPA requirement.

What happens after I am accepted?

Get excited for the summer of a lifetime! Keep an eye on your email for your official acceptance. You will be granted access to our accepted students portal which is home to all of the info that you need to know to prepare for your program abroad. You can also start looking for flights abroad and discussing your budget with your parents.

I don’t need college credit. Which program is right for me?

DIRECT or PRO programs are perfect for you! These programs focus on adventure travel or professional development and do not have college credit attached to them. This summer we will have two DIRECT programs (Cape Town and Greece) and two PRO programs (Barcelona and Costa Rica).

I want to travel a lot on my own. Which program is right for me?

GO programs are perfect for you. These programs always have three-day weekends, so you have lots of flexibility to travel on your own. During the first weekend, we will plan an overnight excursion for the whole group. Our team will offer a concierge travel service on the ground to help you book your independent travels with our expert teams’ advice.

I want to volunteer while I am abroad. Which program is right for me?

LEAD programs have a full week of hands-on service learning. One of the two classes you take is in service-learning, so you will have lots of time to learn about the local community and dive into local service. We also have three days of service on DIRECT programs.

I love adventure. Which program is right for me?

All of them! Every LeadAbroad program (GO, LEAD and DIRECT) includes adventure. Whether you are hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town, sailing the Greek Isles, tasting handmade gelato in Cinque Terre or climbing to the top of the Sagrada Familia, every LeadAbroad experience includes plenty of adventure.

Does LeadAbroad offer scholarships?

Yes. We offer a variety of scholarship options for GO and LEAD programs. Review scholarships here!  We do not have scholarships for DIRECT or PRO.

Getting Ready to Go

Do I need a passport?

You need a valid passport to participate on every LeadAbroad program.

If you already have a passport, check the expiration date to ensure that it does not expire within calendar year you are traveling. If you do not have a passport, please start the process as soon as you apply for LeadAbroad.

For the most current information on new passports or passport renewal, please visit the US State Department website.

Do I need a visa?

No. Most countries do not require a visa if you are staying for less than 90 days. Since all LeadAbroad programs are 2-5 weeks, you do not need a visa.

Can I speak to student who traveled with LeadAbroad in the past?

Of course! We are happy to put you in touch with one of our 2,000+ alumni. Just fill out the contact us form here and let us know that you would like to speak with a past student.

Will I receive college credit?

On GO and LEAD programs, you will receive three or six credits, depending on the program, from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. You will need to work with the Office of the Registrar at your home university to determine how the credits transfer back to your university. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they follow all procedures at their home university. LeadAbroad does not guarantee credit transfer.

On LEAD programs, students may be allowed to audit the classes with special permission. On GO programs, no students are allowed to audit.

DIRECT and PRO programs do not offer college credit. We will have personal development workshops to help you make the most of your time abroad; however, no credit is attached.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes! You can request a roommate on your forms after you are accepted. We do our best to honor all roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee that you will be with your desired roommate.

Will I be covered by insurance?

Yes. LeadAbroad provides international medical insurance for all students. You will be covered through our policy with T.W. Lord. You can see last year’s policy here for reference.

It is important to note that this is NOT travel insurance. If you would like to obtain travel insurance on your flights or baggage, you will need to arrange that on your own. You can learn more about travel insurance here.

My passport expires this year. Do I need a new one?

Yes. We recommend renewing your passport for a new one that does not expire in the calendar year of your travel. You must have at least six months from the date you will return to the US before your passport expiration date or it may not be accepted by customs officials.

Does LeadAbroad accept credit cards? Checks?

You can pay for all program fees, add-ons and additional items through your online customer portal via credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) or eCheck.  LeadAbroad does not accept cash or paper checks.  Payment due dates can be found in your customer portal after you have been accepted to LeadAbroad.

Does LeadAbroad have payment plans available?

Yes. We are happy to work with you on a custom payment plan. E-mail our finance team at to discuss the details of your plan.

How do I book my flight?

LeadAbroad offers a group flight for all programs. The group flight is a great way to travel safely and securely with your peers who will be on the same program. You can also choose to book your own flight. No matter how you arrive, we will meet you at the airport on arrival day and/or assist with your transportation to the accommodations.

What day should I arrive?

The student portal will outline the date and time you should arrive in country. Please be sure to book an itinerary that arrives within this time window. For some flights, you will depart the US on one day and arrive in country on the next.

Can I travel before/after my program?

Yes! If you travel before the program, you will be responsible for meeting us at the airport or at the accommodation on arrival day. Be sure to plan your itinerary so you arrive with the rest of the group.

Many of our students travel after the program ends. If you choose to do so, you will sign out of the program on the last day. All future travel is done independently and LeadAbroad is not responsible for your safety. If you are not flying out of the same airport as the rest of the group, you will be responsible for your transfer to the airport.

Can I arrive late/leave early?

We discourage late arrivals and early departures. Every day on the ground is important, and we do not want you to miss out on any of the tours or classroom activities. On GO and LEAD programs, any exceptions are up to the discretion of the faculty. If you have an extenuating circumstance and need to arrive late or leave early, email to explain the situation.

Arriving in country

Will I be picked up at the airport?

If you arrive on the designated arrival day at the same time as the group flight, then yes, you will be picked up at the airport. A LeadAbroad staff member will meet you at the airport and arrange group transportation back to our accommodation.

If you arrive before the program starts, you will need to arrange transportation to our accommodation on your own.

What is included in the program fee?

Check out each program page to see what is included in each program specifically.

After the program

When will I know my grades?

Final grades for GO and LEAD programs will be available approximately 4-6 weeks after your program ends.

How do I transfer the credits to my school?

After your final grades are available, LeadAbroad will automatically send a transcript to your school.  Should you need to request an additional transcript in the future, you can do so online here.