A: Study abroad opportunities exist for undergraduate, graduate and New College students. Students in any major can benefit from studying abroad. Undecided majors may discover new interests while studying abroad that may help them choose a major and career path.
A: In addition to the benefits of becoming familiar with another culture and improving your foreign language skills, study abroad can help you:
A: You can study abroad as early as the summer after your freshman year. Transfer students must have established a GPA at St. Edward's before studying abroad. Remember, the earlier you get started, the more study abroad experiences you can have while you are a St. Edward's student.
A: Definitely. Multiple study abroad experiences require planning to ensure that you can continue to make progress toward your degree, but many students have done this with the help of the Office of International Education.
A: The possibilities are endless, although choosing a study abroad location requires much research and thought. The first step is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session with a study abroad returnee where you will learn about the many study abroad options available to St. Edward's students. There are long-term and short-term study abroad options. Students may study abroad for four or six weeks in the summer, a full semester or a whole academic year. Remember, the longer the program, the better your understanding of your host country's culture and language will be.
A: While study abroad offers students an excellent way to incorporate an international experience into their time at St. Edward's, students may also consider an internship abroad, completing a volunteer program abroad, working abroad after graduation or pursuing graduate studies abroad. More and more, study abroad programs are combining experiential learning with classroom learning, so there are many possibilities, and the Office of International Education can help you research each of them to determine the right program for you.
A: Not necessarily. Many programs are offered in English, even in non-English speaking countries. However, studying abroad presents the opportunity to enhance your language skills or learn a new language, while taking courses toward your degree. The Office of International Education encourages all students to have a little knowledge of the host country language out of respect for the culture of the country.
A: The Office of International Education, in coordination with Student Financial Services, can help you choose a program that allows you to maximize your financial aid package. As with many of the aspects of studying abroad, advance planning broadens your program options and ensures that you will be able to use as much of your financial aid as possible.
A: Students at St. Edward's University can select from a variety of program types and options:
Each type of experience offers students different benefits, so it is important to determine which type of program is best for you.
A: The Office of International Education will help you to determine the best program given your academic goals, your language skills, your financial aid package and your preferences. Your advisor in the Office of International Education will talk to you about each of these aspects of study abroad and help you choose a program in an individualized advising appointment.