Veterans: Study Abroad


Below is a list of helpful resources for Veteran Students who wish to access their VA benefits for a study abroad experience. In combination with the Padnos International Center, the Veterans Network at Grand Valley will work with Veterans to interpret the benefits that Veterans can access during a study abroad summer, semester, or academic year programs! For more information regarding the Veterans Network at Grand Valley and student benefits, visit

VA Benefits Study Abroad Checklist

Veterans should check out the Study Abroad Checklist for VA Benefits! This resource was prepared by the Padnos International Center and will help to explain the basics of using VA GI Bill benefits in order to study abroad programs.  

Step 1 Meet with Rebecca Hambleton ( to review study abroad program criteria required by the VA.

Step 2 Attend a Study Abroad First Step Meeting or visit the Padnos International Center to learn about the various study abroad options available.

Students using VA benefits to help pay for the cost of study abroad can select from the following program options:  

  1.  GVSU Faculty-led programs
  2.  GVSU Partnership programs*
  3.  GVSU independent study or GVSU internship credit as long as it is meeting degree requirements
  4.  Faculty-led program run by another US degree-granting institution (school certifying official will be at the host institution – GV student registered as transient or guest),
  5.  Direct enrollment in a foreign institution*

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NOTE: VA benefits cannot be applied to third-party providers.

*The overseas host university must be approved by the VA prior to participation. A list of approved universities can be found on the WEAMS Database at:   Any institution NOT approved in the WEAMS database must first be approved prior to a student’s participation. See link below for host university approval process.

Step 3 Visit the Padnos International Center to research and select a study abroad program that fits your academic, personal, and professional interests.  

Step 4  Verify benefits with your GVSU VA Certifying Official.

Step 5  APPLY for study abroad 

Step 6  Meet with GVSU’s School Certifying Official (SCO) to review your plan. Students must provide evidence for how the selected study abroad program will help them meet degree requirements at GVSU.

Additional Resources: Approval process for foreign universities 

Further Guidelines to VA Benefits for Study Abroad

For direct guidelines about the use of VA [GI Bill] benefits, please check out the Tuition and Fees, Housing, Books and Supplies under Post-9/11 GI Bill Study Abroad Programs. 

Veterans Network Contact

If you have further questions regarding your GI Bill benefits, please contact your GVSU VA Certifying Official in the Records Office.