Mount Aloysius College encourages you to study abroad for a semester, year, or short-term program in preparation for working and living in an interdependent world. You will find that foreign study enhances your education immensely. The “culture shock” of leaving a familiar environment and the “reverse culture shock” of re-entry will teach you new skills and new ways of learning. Furthermore, employers and graduate schools look for people who have the skills that are sharpened by study abroad, such as independence, flexibility and broad-mindedness.
Mount Aloysius College offers students the opportunity to study abroad by using CISabroad for both semester and summer programs. Undergraduate students who have demonstrated the social and intellectual maturity requisite for study abroad are eligible to apply. To study abroad for a semester or year-long program, you are required to:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 (Please note: academic requirements and standards may vary for individual universities abroad)
- Have completed your sophomore year, have junior standing and have declared a major
- Have met all application and deposit deadlines issued by CIS Abroad.
- Short-term and summer programs are open to all students in good standing, freshmen through seniors.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Studying AbroadWhen Should I Begin My Planning?
The key to arranging a successful study abroad experience is careful planning. You should begin by meeting with the Registrar’s Office and/or the Faculty Study Abroad Coordinator in the fall of your freshman year but no later than one year in advance of your departure. Although you are not permitted to study abroad for a semester until your junior year, it is not too early to begin planning in the freshman year.
The Mount Aloysius College coordinators (Registrar & faculty representative) oversee the study abroad process. The first step should be to visit the CISabroad web site. The web site is designed to acquaint you with the process of planning a program of study abroad that will meet your specific need as a participant in the Study Abroad program. After reviewing the web site, schedule an appointment with the Registrar or the faculty representative.
This depends upon the program that you choose. Study Abroad programs are not limited to students specializing in foreign languages. There are many programs where you can take your course work in English. Although not a requirement for study abroad, we encourage all students to take additional course work in a foreign language.
Yes, if you complete the academic approval process as outlined in your Study Abroad Application Packet. While studying abroad you will continue as a Mount Aloysius College student and will receive credit for the courses taken in your approved study abroad program. These are not transfer credits and grades from study abroad will be calculated as part of your cumulative grade point average. Course can be applied to core, major, or elective requirements in your program of study. They can also help you complete a minor in International Perspective!
Some undergraduate majors cannot easily include a semester abroad, so you may want to consider other options, such as a summer or intersession study abroad experience. CIS Abroad offers many of these short-term study abroad programs each year.
Some universities abroad will have student dormitories, but most will not. Other options usually include sharing an apartment, a furnished room in a “pensione” or hotel, or living with a family. In all cases, student housing is arranged through the host institution abroad.
Depending upon the program, the cost of a semester abroad is approximately equivalent to a semester at Mount Aloysius College. You will continue to pay the regular tuition amount to Mount Aloysius College, not to the university abroad. If you are receiving financial aid, you will need to meet with a member of the Financial Aid Office to determine what portion of your financial aid you will be able to apply to your study abroad experience.
Students opting to participate in Study Abroad through CIS-Center for International Studies during the summer, fall or spring semesters should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and may use state, federal and campus-based financial aid (excluding work-study) to defray the cost of the Study Abroad tuition/fees/expenses. The Office of Financial Aid will process your financial aid for these semesters through Mount Aloysius College using your study abroad costs and number of credits that you will be enrolled for in your program. Study Abroad programs may have higher costs than Mount Aloysius College; however, this does not mean that your federal and state awards will be increased (including your Direct Stafford Loan). Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional funding options if your costs exceed your aid awarded.
In addition to Mount Aloysius College tuition, the cost of airfare, accommodations, meals, field trips and administrative fees must be factored in. Read the materials from each program carefully to get a reasonably accurate sense of the total cost of the program over and above regular Mount Aloysius tuition. Remember to consider the currency exchange in calculating the cost of your program abroad.
Yes, there exists scholarship opportunities to assist in the cost of studying aboard for a semester and during the summer. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
You may learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program and apply through their website. Please pay close attention to the deadlines for application.
You may also want to download this overview of the scholarship program.