Center for International Education - Study Abroad
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Study Abroad FAQs

Salisbury University Center for International Education
Frequently Asked Questions about Study Abroad at SU

 

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Q: What options do students have to study abroad at Salisbury University?

A: There are four ways to study abroad through SU:

1) Through a variety of short term faculty-led international programs during January, Spring Break, and Summer Session (students apply directly to the SU program through the faculty director; students pay SU directly the costs of the program; students earn SU credits; programs led by SU faculty);

2) through one of four semester/ year exchange agreements with foreign universities in China, Ecuador, France, and Germany (students apply for the exchange slot through the SU Center for International Education; (students pay SU tuition and fees for the semester(s) they will be an exchange student; students earn credits through the foreign university and transfer the credits back to SU; students pay no tuition at the foreign university);

 3) SU has signed affiliation agreements with seven international study abroad affiliates offering programs all over the world in all majors.  SU has agreed to accept credits from our affiliates and  SUCIE works regularly with its affiliates to make all arrangements for student participants (students apply directly to the affiliate; students file a series of paperwork with SUCIE to establish themselves as in-status SU study abroad students; students pay tuition and fees directly to the affiliate; students pay no tuition to SU for the period that they are studying abroad on the affiliate international program; all SU financial aid can be applied to the affiliate's international program costs; students receive transfer credits from the affiliate program); and

 4) Sometimes students have a specific need for an international program that neither SU nor any of our approved affiliates can satisfy.  In this case, SUCIE will approve on a case-by-case basis SU student participation on a non-affiliate international program (students meet with a counselor at the SU Center for International Education to receive approval for participation in a non-affiliate program; students apply directly to the non-affiliate program; students file a series of paperwork with SUCIE to establish themselves as in-status SU study abroad students; students pay tuition and fees directly to the non-affiliate program; students pay no tuition to SU for the period that they are studying abroad on the non-affiliate international program; all SU financial aid can be applied to the non-affiliate's international program costs; students receive transfer credits from the non-affiliate international program).

 Q: How do I choose a study abroad program that is best for me?

A: You should take the time to think about and define your personal and educational goals in relation to studying abroad. The following questions will assist you in deciding what type of program would be most suitable for your needs.

-   What are your long term academic and professional goals?

-   How can your study abroad experience become the academic and intellectual   highlight of your undergraduate studies?

-   How long can you study overseas?

-   If you could get more financial aid for a longer program abroad than a shorter program, would that be important to you?

-   What do you hope to learn as a result of studying in another country?

-   How important is studying or perfecting your competence in a foreign language?

Q: Can I study abroad with my major?

A: Yes.  There are study abroad programs for every major.  There are SU short-term faculty-led study abroad programs in many majors.  If SU does not sponsor a program in your major, there is certainly an affiliated or high-quality non-affiliated program that does.

 Q: How will I know if my credits will transfer?

If you study on an SU program, you will earn SU credits just as if you were on campus.  If you study on an exchange program, or with an affiliated or approved non-affiliated provider, as part of the process to establish yourself as an in-status SU study abroad student, you will file paperwork to get your courses pre-approved for transfer.  In-status SU study abroad students know not only that their credits will transfer before they travel, they know exactly how those credits will count in their programs of study back at SU. 

Q: How much does it cost to study abroad?

A: The cost for studying abroad varies for each program.  Cost is determined by length, extent of program activity, etc. and may fluctuate based on exchange rates.

Q: Is there any financial aid available?

A: Yes. Students can find scholarships and financial aid options through the SUCIE website;  SU offers small scholarships to study abroad students regardless of where or how they are studying abroad; Students studying abroad for a semester or year can bring their regular financial aid package with them.  The financial aid office will work with students once they are well advanced on their application process.

On the SUCIE website, students can find a list of various independent financial aid and scholarship choices in addition to scholarships and financial aid offered through Salisbury University's affiliate programs.

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Q: When do most students study abroad?

A: It depends.  Many students study abroad on short term faculty-led programs during January, Spring Break or the summer.  Many of these programs are offered to students from freshman year through senior year.  Other students study abroad in the Fall of Spring semesters.  Students have studied abroad for a full semester at all times during their undergraduate experience.  Traditionally, most students have studied abroad for a semester or year during sophomore or junior years, but there is no wrong time to study abroad.  Students in some majors are better served by studying abroad for a full semester earlier or later in their academic career. 

Q: How long before I want to study abroad do I have to start the process?

A: SU short-term faculty-led study abroad programs have their own application deadlines.  Those deadlines are typically 3-7 months in advance of the program.  Most students interested in studying abroad for a semester or year can begin the process the semester before they would like to go abroad.  This gives students time to complete all the required paperwork and prepare to go abroad.  Students who are unsure of where they would like to study abroad may require more time to select a destination and a program.

Q: I don't speak a foreign language.  Can I still study abroad?

A: Absolutely.  Studying abroad offers a unique opportunity to learn a foreign language.  However, there are programs throughout the world – even in countries in which English is not the native language -- that offer coursework in English.

Q: Can I do an internship abroad?

A: Yes.  There are many exciting opportunities for students to complete internships abroad in many disciplines.  SUCIE staff can help students find an internship to fit their requirements in order for them to earn academic credit.  Some internships abroad are paid, others are not.

Q: I know I want to study abroad.  How do I start the process?

A: If you know you want to study abroad on an SU short-term faculty-led program, you can contact the faculty director for application information.  If you might be interested in studying abroad for a semester or year and have questions regarding the process, please schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor, 410-677-5027.

Q: I still have more questions.  Whom can I ask?

A: First, make sure you explore the SUCIE website at www.salisbury.edu/intled for information on programs, financial aid, and process.  If you still have questions, please call 410-677-5027 to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.

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