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How to Study Abroad

Salisbury Abroad Handbook

You're interested in studying abroad. So what happens now?

  1. Review program pages online. See updated details, course requirements, program costs, etc.  Click here to get started ans view the Study Abroad Programs.
  2. Talk to a peer advisor in the Commons. They are available on Tuesdays from 5pm - 7pm and Wednesdays from 11am - 1pm.
  3. Set up a meeting with a study abroad advisor to learn more about the programs. Contact us at or 410-677-5027.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure your desired program fits with your major/minor.
  5. Apply to your chosen program. 
  6. While you're waiting to hear about acceptance, apply for financial aid.
  7. Once you are accepted, commit to participating by submitting your "Enrollment Forms" in your online application.
  8. Attend your orientation meeting(s) to learn key details related to your program.
  9. Go abroad!  Learn!  Think!  Grow!  Experience new things! Be changed forever!

How Can I Study Abroad as an SU Student?

Salisbury University students can study abroad in three main ways:

Salisbury Global Seminars Salisbury Abroad Affiliate Partners
How long? 2 - 4 weeks 4 weeks - full year 3 weeks - full year
When? Winter, summer, spring break Fall/spring semesters and summer Fall/spring semesters, summer and winter
Who are my classmates? 6-20 SU students Mix of SU students, other international students and local students Mix of other international students and local students
Professor? SU professor Taught by local professors Taught by local professors
Credits? SU Credit SU Credit Transfer Credit
Cost? $2,500 - $5,000< Approximately the same cost as a semester at SU Some less than a semester at SU -- some cost much more
Financial Aid? Limited Financial Aid available All regular financial aid applies plus study abroad scholarships All regular financial aid applies (except MD state aid) plus study abroad scholarships
How is it paid? Charged through SU bill Charged through SU bill Receive financial aid as a refund and then pay affiliate partner directly

Academic Integration

Salisbury Abroad semesters can be integrated into any four-year degree. Each major is different and some majors are more flexible than others. Start planning early to integrate a Salisbury Abroad semester into your college education.

Freshman - Sophomore Years Junior Year Senior Year

Students in any major can integrate a Salisbury Abroad semester during their first two years taking:

  • General Education courses
  • Minor courses
  • Major prerequisite courses

Some majors require students to complete courses on SU's main campus starting junior year, other majors have Salisbury Abroad semesters built right into the major:

  • Major courses
  • Minor courses

In many majors, students can integrate an internship or undergraduate research project with advanced courses in the major or minor during a Salisbury Abroad semester:

  • Minor courses
  • Major courses
  • Research project
  • Internship


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?

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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: Can I study abroad more than once?

A: Yes!  If it fits within your academic program and you're able to afford it, you can study many times over! Some students will study abroad for multiple semesters and participate in multiple Global Seminars (2-3 weeks).  

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

A: First, make sure you explore the SUCIE website at 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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