Addie Patterson Wilson

Applying to LeadAbroad

What materials are required to submit my application?

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of the following items:

  • LeadAbroad online application form
  • $100 non-refundable application fee (applied to program fees)
  • $400 program deposit (applied to program fees)
  • For-credit programs only: Official copy of your most recent transcript
    • This applies to GO Rome, GO Barcelona, GO Paris, LEAD Cape Town and LEAD Greece only
    • DIRECT and PRO programs do not require a transcript
  • PRO Barcelona applicants only: Resume and scheduled interview with the PRO team

Official transcripts must be sent to Oglethorpe University electronically via your school’s transcript delivery service. If your school does not use an automatic delivery service, official transcripts can be sent to or via mail to the following address:

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 (one Cape Town session and two Greece sessions) and two PRO programs (one Barcelona session and two Costa Rica sessions).

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

Are flights included in the program fee?

International airfare is not included in your program fee.  You have several options when booking flights:

  • Purchase a group flight ticket from LeadAbroad
  • Book your own ticket that is on the same itinerary as the official group flight (this is a great option if you prefer to use points and/or miles to book airfare)
  • Book your own flights on any itinerary that is most convenient for you (be sure to note your arrival/departure dates and times as this may affect your airport transfer)

All flight details can be found in your portal after acceptance.  If you have more questions about flights, contact us here!

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.

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.

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 six credits 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.  For sample syllabi, click here!

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.

Is housing included in the program fee? Where will I stay?

Yes, LeadAbroad arranges all housing for you!  Accommodations will vary depending on your program and location, but you will stay in hotels, dorms and/or apartments with other LeadAbroad students from universities across the country.  For housing information on your specific program, click your desired program under the Programs menu on our homepage.  If you are an accepted student, housing information can be found under the Accepted Student Info link in your online portal.

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.

Housing assignments are sent to students about one month before departure.

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.

Do I need shots before traveling?

Review CDC guidelines for travelers, click here:

No specific shots are required; however, LeadAbroad recommends visiting your family doctor before departure to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccines including Hepatitis A and MMR.

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.

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

Are meals included in the program fee?

All programs include a welcome and final dinner.  For other meal inclusions, check your program-specific page on our website as this can vary by location.

How will LeadAbroad support me while on the ground?

Our staff is there to help before, during and after each program–from finding the best local restaurants and seeking out local adventures to accompanying you to the doctor if you get a cold! Our three tier staffing model of faculty, interns and full time staff is created to out serve and support our students each day.

How much money should I budget for the trip?

After you are accepted, you will have access to budget planning tools.  You should have a realistic conversation with your parents in the application process to discuss spending habits and budgeting while you are abroad.  While spending can vary widely, LeadAbroad recommends $40/day as a baseline budget for meals and incidentals.

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.

Will my cell phone work abroad?

We strongly recommend all students contact their cell phone service provider before departure to better understand international plans.  Typical data plans abroad are very expensive.

As an alternative to purchasing an international plan, you can buy a local SIM card once abroad and use your phone like normal.  Your phone must be unlocked to use a SIM card other than your own.  Contact your cell phone provider for more details if you are not sure whether or not your phone is unlocked.

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.