FAQ


FAQ

Study Abroad is great for your career and your personal growth.

Here's where you start:

Why should I study abroad? 

There are many reasons to study abroad. One very practical reason is that, according to a European Commission study, "internationally mobile students are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and that, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower." Study abroad is also challenging, fun, and rewarding. Whether you are interning abroad or volunteering, going for a summer or a semester, studying core courses or major courses, study abroad will give you a stronger sense of independence, a deeper understanding of cultural diversity, and a new perspective on the world.

Who is eligible to study abroad? 

USJ undergraduate and graduate students are all eligible to apply to study abroad programs. Most programs require at least one year of study at USJ before going on study abroad. Students must meet the requirements of their chosen study abroad program. These requirements often include:

  • A minimum GPA
  • A minimum class level
  • Academic preparation such as prerequisite courses
  • A minimum language proficiency

USJ is committed to making study abroad available to all students. Ethnically and racially underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. One resource to check out is: diversityabroad.com

Is it safe to study abroad? 

Generally speaking, studying abroad is about as safe as studying at home. No program can guarantee 100% safety so it is a good idea to get a sense of the specific safety or health issues in your chosen country ahead of time. The International Office or your study abroad provider will provide you with safety guidelines before you go. USJ will not send students to any country under a Department of State travel warning. Before you go, make sure you sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Another good source of information is the Center for Global Education's "SAFETI" clearinghouse.

When should I go? 

Work with your academic advisor to find a time that fits your academic and career goals. Some students go on summer programs while others take advantage of full-semester programs. Often students study abroad in their sophomore or junior years. The earlier you begin to plan, the more likely you are to find the right program, at the right time, with the right courses, internship, or volunteer experience. Starting early also helps you plan your finances and look for scholarships.

Where do I begin? 

The great first step is to look at the world map of approved programs here. You should also e-mail or visit the International Office (Lynch 210) and let us know what you are looking for. A study abroad advisor will guide you through the process of finding, applying, and getting ready for your study abroad experience.

Will I get credit for my courses abroad? 

Yes. All students going on study abroad through USJ will have their course credits pre-approved before they leave. Consult your academic advisor to determine the applicability of credits earned abroad toward your major, general education courses, or electives.

Do I need to speak another language? 

No. There are many programs in English-speaking countries. There are also many programs in non-English speaking countries where instruction is provided in English. Often, students study language at an beginning or intermediate level while abroad. There are also programs for students particularly interested in a language which require some degree of language proficiency.

Where can I study? 

Most students will find what they are looking for with our approved study abroad providers or in our featured programs. However, students can also submit a program for approval. Our approved programs feature study abroad experiences around the world.

What if I can't fit a study abroad year or semester into my program? 

You may want to consider studying abroad during the summer or over the winter or spring break.

Where will I live abroad? 

Expect a room in an apartment, a dormitory-style room, or a room with a host family. Many programs offer students a selection of housing options from which to choose.

What will it cost? 

Study abroad is an investment in your career and your personal growth. All study abroad programs will cost something. Depending on the program, the cost of a semester abroad may be equivalent to a semester at USJ. How much study abroad costs varies with the length of your program and the place in the world you want to go.

The total cost will include:

  • Program Costs: Tuition, accommodations, meals, field trips, administrative fees, etc.
  • Airfare
  • Spending Money: The amount you expect to need for personal expenses such as extra trips, meals, or gifts.
  • USJ Processing Fee: $500 per semester is required for studying with approved programs. For short-term programs, a processing/administrative fee will be charged according to the length of time abroad. Students studying abroad for one to four weeks will be charged $100. The fee for five weeks abroad or more, up to a semester abroad, is $200.

Financial aid sources and scholarships for study abroad are available. For further information on financial aid and study abroad, please see Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad.

The above information can be found in the Study Abroad Handbook, available in the Office of International Studies & Programs, located in Lynch Hall, room 210. For additional details, schedule an appointment with the International Office.