Frequently Asked Questions
- When should my student go abroad?
There is a lot of flexibility in terms of when students can go abroad. While some programs require junior standing, many are open to sophomores, and there are even a few programs that are open to freshmen. Many students choose to go abroad during their junior year, but others go during their sophomore or senior year.
- How long are the programs?
Programs range in length from just two weeks over the summer or winter, to a semester, to a full-year. Students can select a program with the length that fits their interests and academic plan.
- Can my student still graduate on time?
If students plan early, work closely with their academic adviser(s), and select an appropriate program that fits within their academic plan, they can still graduate on time. In fact, some studies show that students who study abroad are more likely to graduate on time than non-study abroad students. The key thing is for your student to start planning early.
- Does my student need to have studied a foreign language in order to study abroad?
Very few of our study abroad have a language requirement. We offer English-language programs everywhere from Ireland to Australia, and even in many countries where English is not the national language (Italy, India, Thailand, et cetera).
- What safety measures are in place?
SHU Study Abroad Programs regularly reviews all programs that we sponsor, and safety is our top priority. We arrange comprehensive travel health insurance for each participant and work closely with on-the-ground staff to ensure the safety of our students.
- How does the cost compare to tuition at SHU?
Program costs range widely depending on program type, location, and distance from the U.S. Our website includes comprehensive budgets for all of our programs and we work closely with students to ensure that they select a program that will be financially feasible for them.
- Can financial aid be used for study abroad?
Most forms of financial aid and scholarships can be applied towards the cost of semester study abroad programs. Financial aid does not apply to short-term programs. It is important for your student to meet with a financial aid counselor in Student Financial Assistance and Scholarships to learn how his or her specific aid package could be applied towards study abroad.
- How can I learn more about the country in which my son or daughter is studying abroad?
Research the destination together. Of course the internet is a great resource for information, but consider the following: watch a foreign film together, look up national holidays and find out how they are celebrated, or read a book by a famous author from that country.
- I heard the internet is different in other countries. Is this true?
Yes. While lightning quick cable internet connections are common in the United States, you may experience slower connection speeds in other countries. Downloading music, videos and other large files, or accessing popular U.S. websites may take much longer.
- How does SHU work with students who have specific medical, health, or learning concerns?
Upon acceptance, all students complete a detailed wellness questionnaire. This questionnaire provides students with the opportunity to share any information necessary to ensure their successful participation in an abroad program. We ask all of our students to be as honest and straightforward as possible when completing this medical form. It will allow us to determine if any special requests can be accommodated.