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When do I start planning?

Am I eligible to study abroad?

Do I need a passport?

How long will I be abroad?

How much will study abroad cost?

Are there scholarships for study abroad?

If I go on a non-Shepherd program, will my credits transfer back to Shepherd?

Can I use my financial aid or any scholarships I have?

Where can I go?

Where will I live abroad?

Can I take classes in English?

Can I receive language credit for classes taken abroad?

Will I need any shots/immunizations?

Do I need extra health insurance?

Where can I find more information?

Q. When do I start planning?

A. Begin planning now! It's not too early to think about study abroad in your freshman year. Count on at least one year prior to your departure to get everything together. Most non-Shepherd programs require you to apply at least six to nine months before leaving. Typically, you must complete all your paperwork ONE SEMESTER before your departure.

Q. Am I eligible to study abroad?

A. You can travel on some Shepherd University sponsored trips in your first year. For non-Shepherd programs, you must have completed 30 credit hours (15 hours at Shepherd University) AND have a GPA of at least 2.5. Study abroad programs may require a higher GPA. You should be self-motivated, independent, have a keen interest in learning other cultures, flexible, and open to new ideas.

Q. Do I need a passport?

A. Yes! Apply for a passport about six months before departure. An original birth certificate and two photo IDs are required. If you already hold a passport, it should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you intend to return. Passport applications are available from the U.S. Department of State.

Q. How long will I be abroad?

A. You have several options. Shepherd Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs vary from about 10 days to three weeks in the summer. You can also spend a semester, a year, or about 6 weeks in the summer on one of the Affiliated Programs or Other Study Abroad Programs.

Q. How much will study abroad cost?

A. Costs vary by program. Find out what is covered in the basic program cost. Different programs include different options. Additional costs may include travel costs, some living expenses, passport, health and travel insurance. Speak with your family and the Financial Aid Office. Estimate all your program costs.

Q. Are there scholarships for study abroad?

A. Yes. See the Funding page and begin the application process well in advance of the deadlines.

Q. If I go on a non-Shepherd program, will my credits transfer back to Shepherd?

A. You should try to select courses that would be transferable. Sit down with your academic advisor and determine which courses abroad can be applied to your major or basic course requirements. Visit the Registrar's office to pick up a Transfer Approval Form. Carefully read and complete the form and return it to the Registrar. Your advisor and relevant department chair(s) must sign this form. Keep a copy of the form for yourself.

Q. Can I use my financial aid or any scholarships I have?

A. In most cases you can use your financial aid and scholarships. You should discuss your situation with the Financial Aid Office. Always try to work with the same Financial Aid person. Provide the Financial Aid Office with the cost of tuition and fees for your study abroad school. You'll need the Registrar's approval that credits will transfer back to Shepherd. Take a copy of the signed Transfer Approval Form to Financial Aid. Complete the Consortium Agreement, signed by both Shepherd's Financial Aid Office and study abroad school's Financial Aid Office. This agreement enables your financial aid to be applied to your study abroad program. Visit the Business office if you want a financial aid refund check mailed to you. Give the Business office a stamped addressed envelope or written instructions stating who will pick up check and/or deposit check.

Q. Where can I go?

A. There are study abroad opportunities all over the world. Shepherd University students have traveled and studied in countries all over the world including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Peru, Slovenia, and South Africa. You have to explore and determine what is right for you given your major, finances, and classes you want to take. Stop by the Study Abroad office to get started.

Q. Where will I live abroad?

A. There are several options. You will probably be in a hotel room or a dorm for Shepherd trips. For non-Shepherd programs you may live in a dorm, an apartment, or with a host family, depending upon the program. You have to decide what is best for you.

Q. Can I take classes in English?

A. Shepherd’s faculty-led opportunities are all in English. In addition several Affiliate Programs and Other Study Abroad Programs provide instruction in English, even if the language of the country is not English.

Q. Can I receive language credit for classes taken abroad?

A. Yes, Shepherd provides opportunities to study Spanish and French abroad for Shepherd credit. In addition, several non-Shepherd programs offer these languages and more. Check with the Department of English and Modern Languages first for non-Shepherd programs so they can review the courses and sign off on your Transfer Approval Form.

Q. Will I need any shots/immunizations?

A. You may need immunizations/inoculations for certain countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Check with your program provider and Travelers' Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This site provides health travel warnings, vaccination recommendations, information on health issues for specific destinations as well as general information on illness and injury abroad, and more.

Q. Do I need extra health insurance?

A. Contact your current health insurance company to determine what kind of coverage you have while abroad. Inquire about purchasing other health insurance for study or travel abroad. The Study Abroad Office has names of insurance companies. Some study abroad providers include some form of health insurance in their programs. Know what your program covers.

Q. Where can I find more information?

A. Stop by the Study Abroad Office, Room 211 Scarborough Library to browse program brochures. E-mail Ann Henriksson to set up an appointment. Consult often with the Study Abroad Office.

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