Sacred Heart University study abroad programs include the following types of programs abroad, each of which involves a different degree of faculty involvement:
Direct Enroll/Exchange in Overseas Partner Universities
In these programs, typically one or two semesters in length, SHU students enroll as non-matriculated students in an overseas university, with which a formal affiliation agreement has been established. The partner university’s faculty teaches outbound SHU students. Depending on the university, classes are conducted either in English or in the language of the host country. If the affiliation agreement entails reciprocal exchange, Sacred Heart will also receive students from the partner university. The role SHU faculty play in overseeing this type of program—monitoring and mentoring students—is advisory.
Although many of SHU’s study abroad semester programs are of the Direct Enroll/Exchange type, some are offered by arrangement through reputable third-party providers (e.g., CIEE) who provide the institutional articulation with a host university, and relevant administrative infrastructure for our students. The role SHU faculty play in overseeing this type of program is again advisory, as described above.
The Office of Global Affairs cannot possibly include programs in all countries or address every student's individual needs; therefore, we are members of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). CCIS is a partnership of colleges and universities, whose member institutions sponsor a variety of study abroad programs at multiple universities around the world. The role SHU faculty play in overseeing this type of program is again advisory, as described above.
Sacred Heart Faculty Led Programs
Typically offered in the summer as short (two to six weeks) programs, these courses are directed and taught by a member or members of SHU academic departments. Administratively, these programs are managed through the Office of Global Affairs, which assists the faculty leaders in addressing key operational issues. These “in-house,” faculty-led programs offer faculty the most intensive teaching involvement in Study Abroad.
Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
Finally, students are authorized, with the permission of their academic deans, to opt for suitable non-Affiliated programs. The Office of Global Affairs does not routinely advise on these programs, but instead leaves this to individual faculty or undergraduate program directors.