Semester Study Abroad
Sometimes you want to study abroad for longer than one week. If so, you may be interested in studying abroad at an international university for a summer or semester. Many Schreiner students have already studied abroad for a summer or semester in countries such as Spain, France, England, and New Zealand. This page addresses questions you may have about your eligibility, funding, application process, and deadlines.
Why Should You Study Abroad?
- It's an opportunity to build cultural awareness, a soft skill valued by employers in today's changing, global society. Some research indicates that students who study abroad will have better job opportunities; for instance, one study found that most study abroad alumni found their first job within six months of graduation and earned thousands of dollars more in their starting salaries than students who had not studied abroad.
See Career Benefits of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates' Careers (2012)
- Studying in a different cultural context with different lecturers will make your major come to life in new ways. For example, you could take engineering classes in England, biology classes in Scotland, or business classes in Italy.
- It's an opportunity to take classes in another language. For instance, you could study Spanish in Madrid, German in Berlin, or Korean in Seoul. If you're interested in studying in a non-English-speaking country, you can prepare by studying a foreign language at Schreiner (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese are all offered).
- It's often more affordable than you might expect. Your Schreiner financial aid will cover you abroad, and there is additional external funding you can apply for.
- You will have a chance not only to visit a country, but to make friends abroad!
Who Is Eligible?
- Schreiner students in good academic standing
(note: many study abroad programs require a minimum 2.75 or 3.0 GPA)
- Students in good financial standing
- Students in good judicial standing
What About Funding?
- Your Schreiner University financial aid package will apply to your studies abroad.
- Your federal aid will also apply to your studies abroad.
- You may be eligible for API, AIFS, or ISA grants.
- You are encouraged to apply for additional external funding:
- Fund for Education Abroad (January deadline)
- Boren Awards for International Study (February deadline)
- Fulbright (October deadline)
- Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship (September & February deadlines)
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (October & March deadlines)
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (March & April deadlines)
- Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (October & March deadlines)
- And many more listed here
What Do You Consider When Looking at Study Abroad Programs?
Type of Program:
Which classes do you want to study abroad? Do you want to take general electives or classes in your major? Is there a possibility that you might have to take independent classes? Will all class credits transfer back to Schreiner?
(Note: talk to your advisor and the Registrar about transferring international credits)
Summer or Semester:
How long do you want to study abroad? A summer session typically lasts 1-2 months while a semester abroad typically lasts 4-6 months. You may also study abroad for a January term, sometimes called a "J-term," which is only 3-4 weeks long.
If you're spending a semester abroad, which semester? Many international universities' semester dates conflict with Schreiner's semester dates. Check.
Do you want to study or improve a language you're studying? If so, consider which countries would be best to study this language.
Do you want to live in a student dormitory or with a host family?
How ready are you to study abroad? Do you need a visa and/or a passport? How will you react to being away from home? What about your loved ones? Do you have any health or other concerns that could complicate your travels? Are you prepared for the local weather, food, religion(s), or other factors that differ from where you live now?
Your Application Process:
- Speak with Sonja Lind, the Coordinator of Changing Global Society, or visit her in her office on the second floor of CCAC.
- Consider your choice of study abroad programs (note that these programs will consult you):
- Speak with the Schreiner University Registrar and your advisor about the transferability and curricular fit of classes you're considering.
- Speak with your loved ones about time apart, finances, and any concerns you may have.
- Apply to your study abroad program online, which usually includes a deposit:
- Complete the Schreiner University Summer or Semester Abroad Application Form and email the completed form to Sonja Lind, the Coordinator of Changing Global Society (see below for the application deadlines).
- Wait for your responses, both from Schreiner's Changing Global Society and from the study abroad program provider.
- Begin to prepare for your time abroad, including applying for a passport, which typically takes 6 weeks, but can take longer. U.S. citizens applying for a passport can find more information at this website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/apply.html
- September 1 for study or intern abroad between the following January 15 and May 30 (winter and spring semesters)
- March 1 for study or intern abroad between the following June 1 and August 14 (summer semester)
- April 15 for study or intern abroad between the following August 15 and January 14 (fall semester)
- Early applications are also welcomed (e.g., if you’re planning ahead a year or more)
Note: Schreiner University does not allow students to travel to countries with travel warnings listed by the U.S. Department of State (for a complete list, see this website).
Other Study Abroad Resources
- Schreiner students’ travel blogs: Schreiner Studies Abroad
- U.S. Department of State’s webpage for students studying abroad: https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html
- Critical Language Scholarship Program: Fully-funded language study in 13 different languages not commonly studied in the U.S. (e.g., Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Hindi). You would study in an 8-10 week summer language institute in another country. Applications open in October and are due in November.
- Peace Corps: You may choose to volunteer abroad for two years in one of over 60 countries. During your term, you can receive a Master's International degree.
- Semester at Sea: For one semester, you enroll in classes on a cruise ship that visits at least 10 different cities. Financial aid is available.