General Information

General Information
 

Finding the Right Program • Program Costs • Financial Information

Tuition Remission • Scholarships • Withdrawal from a Program

Finding the Right Program

There are many different kinds of programs your student can choose from, including: semester-long, short-term, language-based, and more. Some programs may have certain eligibility requirements. For information on how to find the right program, types of programs, and eligibility requirements, please see the corresponding links.

Program Costs

Every student and parent asks, How much money is needed? There is no exact way to answer that question as every program is different. Necessary funds will vary widely by personal preferences, country, what is included in the program cost, and other factors. To review program costs please see the budget sheets located on each program’s specific web page. You can also refer to travel guides like Let’s Go and Lonely Planet, which can help estimate the costs for food, transportation, sightseeing, et cetera.

Your student will pay the cost of the program directly to Sacred Heart University. A confirmation fee ($250 for short-term programs and $350 for semester programs) is due two weeks after acceptance by the Office of Study Abroad. Students will then pay the remainder of the program costs directly to the Office of Student Accounts.  Please bear in mind that billing and refund cycles are based on the term payment dates set forth by Sacred Heart University. The SHU payment schedule is available on the Student Accounts website.

In some instances, your student may have already departed for the program prior to the issuance of the billing for the term abroad. This also means that any financial aid refund you may receive would not be made available until the start of the term at SHU. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you will have adequate funding.

You will find the cost of available program listed on the individual program pages as soon as they are available. If you are not certain as to the cost of your program, please contact the Office of Study Abroad. It is important for you to know what is included in the cost of your student’s program. When you receive your bill for your term abroad, it will state your tuition, program fees, a study abroad fee, and a registration fee. The confirmation fee does not appear on the bill; however, it is recorded in your student’s online application.

There may be additional fees for your program that are not billed directly by Sacred Heart University. Additional fees may include special programs offered at the host school, extra fees for on-site courses, or housing fees if your program fees do not include room and board. In some cases, you may be responsible for paying these fees directly to your Host University before or at the end of the program. Also, books, most meals, and transportation are the student’s own responsibility. If you have any questions about additional fees, review the program budget sheet or contact the Office of Study Abroad.

Financial Information

Financial and billing information differs depending on which program your student attends. Please be sure to review the specific program page, which lists a detailed budget sheet with all program fees.  Program types include:

    • SHU and SHU-Affiliated Semester Programs
    • SHU and SHU-Affiliated Short term Programs
    • CCIS Programs

SHU and SHU-Affiliated Semester Programs

These programs include:

    • All Ireland semester programs
    • CIEE in the Dominican Republic
    • EuroScholars
    • John Cabot University in Italy semester program
    • University of Notre Dame in Australia
    • Webster semester programs

On these programs, the billing and financial aid process is the same way as if your student were on campus in Fairfield. Please note:

      • All financial aid, academic scholarships, loans, and grants (if they qualify) apply to their semester abroad. Contact Financial Assistance for more information;
      • Your student will receive an invoice from Student Accounts and will pay in the same manner as you normally would during a term;
      • Please visit the program specific program page for program cost and budget information.

SHU and SHU-Affiliated Short-Term Programs

These programs include:

    • The Arts Abroad, Berlin & Rome
    • Cities by the Sea- Managing Urban Coastlines, Venice & Kiel
    • Dolphin Communication Project, Bimini, the Bahamas
    • John Cabot University summer sessions
    • Politics and Science in the Dutch Republic, Leiden, the Netherlands
    • Project India: Photography & the Living Document, India
    • Tropical Geology and Ecology, Bermuda
    • SHU in Dingle, Ireland
    • SHU in Luxembourg, Luxembourg

On these programs, the billing and financial aid process is the same way as if your student were on campus in Fairfield. Please note:

    • Sacred Heart University scholarships and grants will not apply towards short-term programs. You are welcome to contact Financial Assistance regarding loan opportunities;
    • Your student will receive an invoice from Student Accounts and will pay in the same manner as you normally would during a term;
    • Please visit the program specific program page for program cost and budget information.

CCIS Programs

Please note, on CCIS programs:
  • Sacred Heart University Scholarships and Grants will not apply and State Scholarships and Grants will not apply. Only Federal Financial Aid (if your student qualifies) may be applied to CCIS programs. You are welcome to contact Financial Assistance for more information;
  • Sacred Heart University will be invoiced the program fees set by the host program. Student Accounts will then bill your student this amount;
  • Please visit the program specific page for program cost and budget information.
Non-Affiliated Programs

If your student opts to go on a non-SHU program, then Sacred Heart University will not process financial aid and SHU scholarships will not apply with non-SHU Affiliated programs. Also, your student is responsible for making payment arrangements with the host institution directly.

Tuition Remission

Tuition Exchange awards may not be used for study abroad programs. Questions related to tuition benefits may be directed to Julia Nofri at 203-365-4837.

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available for students studying abroad. It is best to look at these resources well before your student plans on studying abroad as the deadlines tend to be much earlier than the program itself. To begin reviewing scholarships, please click on this link for more information. If you have any questions about these options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.

Withdrawal from the Program

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Office of Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Students who decide to withdraw from a program after confirming their acceptance must notify the Office of Study Abroad in writing immediately. (This includes students who decide to withdraw before the program start date.) The program confirmation fee is always non-refundable. If your student withdraws from the program prior to departure, there may be financial implications. For more information, please refer to the withdrawal charts located on the Office of Study Abroad website.

For personal or academic reasons, a student may decide to withdraw from the program after the term has started. If your son or daughter expresses a desire to return home, we urge you to ask him or her to get in touch with our office. Difficulties in cultural adjustment often can be resolved without resorting to returning to the U.S. Although withdrawal may be, in rare cases, the best alternative for a student, we ask you to consider carefully all aspects of the situation (personal, academic, and financial) before advising your son or daughter to return home.