Office of Study Abroad Information and Requirements
While participating in international or other off-campus study programs associated with the university, all students are to comply with the university rules and regulations as described in this handbook. All study abroad students must conduct themselves in accordance to BSU guidelines, host institution policies, and in accordance to all laws of the host country.
Study Abroad Program Types
BSU Travel Courses
BSU Travel Courses are faculty-led, short-term travel courses running for 2-3 weeks and are open to all BSU students. As program requirements and space permits, BSU visiting students and BSU community members are welcome to apply. Students pay a program fee which typically includes course credit, accommodation, most meals, program related excursions, airfare, and other expenses. Primarily offered during the summer and winter sessions, each faculty-led program focuses on a specific academic discipline with students earning direct BSU course credit, and incorporates excursions and field trips to give students the opportunity to explore and learn about their host country.
Students pay BSU tuition and fees for the academic term or year they will be abroad and living costs are paid to the host university. Proficiency in the host language may be required, though there are many universities around the world in which the language of instruction is English. Students will earn BSU transfer credit for their work upon successful completion of the program and relevant departmental approvals. Exchange programs are available for all majors, though some may be restricted to a specific department or school. Participants will be responsible for paying for flights, housing at the host school, books, food, travel, etc. in addition to BSU tuition and fees.
International Student Teaching Programs
Students participate in an 8 week student teaching experience at one of our School of Education Exchange Partners. Students pay tuition and fees to BSU and room and board to host institution. Student normally work Monday through Friday for the 8 week period and follow the BSU Student Teaching Schedule. Fall international teaching placements occur during the 2nd quarter and spring international teaching placements occur during the 4th quarter.
BSU Summer Programs
BSU summer study abroad programs are offered in a variety of academic topics including several foreign languages and in a variety of locations including England, Ireland, China, and Jordan. Annual program offerings and program brochures are available online and at the Study Abroad Office.
Affiliate Study Abroad Provider Programs
Approved participants do not pay BSU tuition to participate in these programs offered by foreign universities or study abroad organizations that have an official agreement with BSU. Instead students pay an affiliate program fee, which includes tuition and may include additional features like accommodation, meals, dedicated on-site staff, in-country orientations, airport pick-up, insurance, overnight excursions, and local field trips as part of a comprehensive program package. These programs are offered for semesters, summer sessions, winter break, and the academic year. Students participating in partnership and affiliate programs may be taking courses with students from the host country, or only with other American or international students. Compare program details and costs carefully because not all programs include the same features. Students receive transfer credit for all partnership and affiliate programs upon successful completion of the program and relevant departmental approvals. Students must apply through the Office of Study Abroad for approval to participate in an affiliate program.
There are study abroad programs available for all students (freshmen – graduate) with a minimum GPA 2.5 for travel courses and a minimum GPA 2.75 for semester or year programs. Check particular program brochures for specific requirements and prerequisites. Applicants must be in good academic standing.
1. Complete the Online Application Form. Be sure to submit all materials:
- Send a photocopy of your passport at email@example.com. If you don't have a passport yet, make sure it will be available before the application deadline.
- Two recommendation forms must be submitted on your behalf (at least one to be completed by a BSU faculty member). It is your responsibility to provide them with the recommendation form.
- Send a copy of your Unofficial Transcript at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Non-refundable Application Fee payable online
2. Once accepted by the Office of Study Abroad, complete and submit program enrollment and materials.
Fees and payment schedules vary depending on the study abroad program. Specific program costs and expenses are available at the Study Abroad office and website.
** All application fee and deposit payments must be made through the OSA secure online store.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
There are three funding sources to consider and pursue:
1. Financial Aid: Contact your Financial Aid Office (at BSU it is 508-531-2685) to see if you can get a loan for a study away program. This depends on individual circumstances, but may relieve financial stress from studying abroad. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website.
2. Scholarships: Funds are reserved for Bridgewater State University students participating in a study tour program for academic credit. Applicants must be full-time, matriculated students. Graduating undergraduates and graduate students are not eligible.
3. Student provides from work, parents/family, savings, etc: Your savings, earnings from work, and family are a significant source of funds for these international educational experiences. Tell people you are close to (parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, family friends, etc) that you are applying for an international study program and ask if they will contribute. You might be surprised at the answers you receive. By asking your friends and family you are giving them the opportunity to participate in your trip.
Office of Study Abroad
Maxwell Library, Room 330
Updated 8/2015 by Mike Sandy, Office of Study Abroad
Student Handbook 2016-2017
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