Study Abroad Information and Requirements

While participating in study abroad or study away programs offered by BSU Study Abroad, students are to comply with the university rules and regulations as described in this handbook.  All study abroad/study away 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 3-credit courses open to all BSU students offered during winter, spring and summer with travel during university breaks.  Travel Courses focus on specific academic disciplines and each course incorporates lectures, excursions and field trips to give students the opportunity to explore and learn about the host country/culture and academic topics. As program requirements and space permits, BSU visiting students and BSU community members are welcome to apply.  Students pay a program fee which includes course credit, accommodations, some meals, program related activities and airfare (some programs may not include airfare). 

Semester Abroad Exchange Programs

Students study an academic term or year at one of BSU’s partner universities overseas. Exchange programs are available for all majors with opportunities to take classes in specific disciplines, both in English and the local language. Students earn BSU transfer credit for their successful coursework abroad with relevant departmental approvals. Students pay tuition and fees to BSU and living expenses to the host university. Students are responsible for paying for flights, housing, books, food, travel, etc. in addition to BSU tuition and fees.

Bridgewater IN Programs and Affiliate Study Abroad Provider Programs

Students study at one of BSU’s affiliated universities or programs overseas.  These programs are offered for semesters, summer sessions and the academic year with courses taught in English and the local language. Students earn BSU transfer credit for their successful coursework abroad with relevant departmental approvals. Students pay a program fee to the affiliated university or program, not BSU, to cover their tuition and fees, program costs and living expenses. Students must apply and have BSU Study Abroad Office approval to participate.

BSU International Student Teaching Programs

Students participate in a 7-8 week student teaching experience at one of the BSU College of Education and Allied Studies teacher placement locations.  Each placement site is different but students typically work Monday through Friday 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. Students pay tuition and fees to BSU and living expenses onsite.

BSU National Student Exchange (NSE) Programs

Students study an academic term or year at one of BSU’s partner universities throughout North America.  NSE programs are available for all majors with opportunities to take classes in specific disciplines.  Students earn BSU transfer credit for their successful coursework with relevant departmental approvals.  Students pay tuition and fees to BSU or the host university, and their living expenses onsite. Students are responsible for paying for flights, housing, books, food, travel, etc. in addition to tuition and fees.

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 countries.  Annual program offerings and program brochures are available online and at the Study Abroad Office.

Application Process

There are study abroad programs available for all students (freshmen – graduate) in good academic standing at BSU:  a minimum GPA 2.5 for travel courses, a minimum GPA 2.75 for semester or year programs, and a minimum GPA 2.8 for International Student Teaching.  Application requirements vary by program and some programs have additional requirements and prerequisites.  Updated information is available on the Study Abroad website and at the office.

  1. Attend a Group Advising Session in the Study Abroad Office. Sessions are offered daily Monday – Thursday during the academic year.
  2. Research available study abroad programs and select one that best meets your academic and personal goals.
  3. Complete a program application.
  4. Once approved and accepted, submit your enrollment paperwork and required materials. The enrollment process varies depending on the study abroad program type.

Costs

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.

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Consider these funding sources to pay for your study abroad program:

  1. Personal Savings:  Student provides from work, parents/family, savings etc:  Your savings, earnings from work, and family are a significant source of funds for these educational experiences.
  2. Scholarships: There are several BSU study abroad scholarships and a variety of off-campus scholarships available.  Updated information is available on the Study Abroad website.
  3. 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 abroad program. Funding depends on individual circumstances and may be secured by several sources.  

Contact Information

  • Study Abroad Office
  • Minnock Institute for Global Engagement
  • 25 Park Terrace, Bridgewater, MA 02325
  • Email: studyabroad@bridgew.edu                
  • Website: www.bridgew.edu/studyabroad
  • Phone: 508-531-6183

Reviewed 8/2019 by Mike Sandy, Study Abroad Office