Frequently Asked Questions
What is Study Abroad?
Studying abroad includes high-quality classroom learning and immersion in a different culture. Today, there is a growing realization at all levels of education that students must be better prepared for a global society. This is resulting in a dramatic increase in the choice of study abroad options enabling students to experience a wide range of the world's cultures.
Can I study abroad at Springfield College?
Yes. Springfield College offers a diverse range of study abroad programs to choose from, allowing you to meet your personal and professional goals. Studying abroad is an increasingly popular option for Springfield College students who want to expand their educational horizons. Springfield College is excited about its expanded study abroad program and is committed to creating leaders who excel in today’s international marketplace.
Where can I study?
Springfield College offers nineteen different programs in eleven countries: Australia, England, France, China, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, and Spain.
With an increasing number of study abroad programs in the international arena, it can be hard to identify and select an appropriate study abroad program for you. The safety of Springfield College students, the integrity of the Springfield College undergraduate degree, and the confidence of the Springfield College faculty and administration in study abroad programs are important priorities for the College as we seek to provide opportunities for our students abroad.
Through the International Center, Springfield College maintains its list of study abroad programs that are approved for the participation of Springfield College undergraduate students.
Why should I study abroad?
Direct experience of another culture is the best bridge to communication across barriers of custom, language, geography, and politics. Encountering different values, educational methods, and foreign cultures can broaden one’s understanding of the world.
How can studying abroad help me once I graduate?
As you think about what you will study at Springfield College and the careers you contemplate, consider that all have international dimensions. For example, in health-related professions, there is a focus on world health issues; business is conducted on an international scale; and the diverse field of communications is certainly global in scope.
Whether you’re pursuing a career in education, allied health, theatre arts, or another field, developing an awareness of and sensitivity to the global issues which directly and indirectly influence all of our lives is important. Studying abroad will allow you to become more independent and informed about the world around you while you earn academic credit.
When can I study abroad?
You may study overseas during the academic year, fall or spring. Most Springfield College students study abroad in their sophomore or junior year for one semester. Students may also participate in a summer internship program in England or Ireland.
What are the requirements to study abroad?
A minimum cumulative Springfield College grade point average (GPA) of 3.0,full time undergraduate enrollment, and good academic and social standing are required at the time of application. You must complete at least thirty credit hours prior to departure. You cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation, or have a significant history of disciplinary incidents at the time of application, and must maintain this standing through departure. Transfer students must complete one full semester at Springfield College prior to application to be eligible. Additional requirements may also apply to each program, and may include language proficiency or course prerequisites.
How do I know which program is right for me?
Proper planning and research are two key elements to ensuring a successful study abroad experience. It is never too early to begin planning to study abroad. It is best to determine your goals for study abroad before you begin to do a great deal of research. The goals for studying abroad worksheet provides helpful questions to guide you in choosing a program. Once you have completed this self-assessment, you should begin researching program options online, or through written materials located in the International Center Resource Room. After your initial research, schedule an appointment with the International Center and bring your goals worksheet to the meeting.
Does my major affect whether or not I can study abroad?
Springfield College encourages students in all majors to consider studying abroad. Students in highly structured or sequenced curricula should begin planning for and exploring study abroad options early in their academic programs. Students should be flexible with program destinations, as some countries are more conducive to certain fields of study. All students must consult with their major department advisers concerning degree and residency requirements, and how these may affect participation in study abroad.
Is it safe to study abroad?
While there are certain risks related to any study abroad program, be assured that Springfield College is working to provide our students with an academically sound and safe experience. To that end, Springfield College has developed guidelines to provide useful practical guidance to participants and families. Although no set of guidelines can guarantee the health and safety needs of each individual involved in a study abroad program, these guidelines address issues that merit attention and thoughtful judgment.
In international education, as in other settings, families can play an important role in the health and safety of participants by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior overseas.
Participants in a study abroad program represent both Springfield College and the United States during all phases of their international educational experience. This is a serious responsibility and these global ambassadors sign an agreement that they will behave in a manner that will bring credit to themselves, their families, Springfield College and the United States. Students must be vigilant of their daily personal decisions, choices, and activities. We respect our students and want them to be safe and successful in all areas of their experience overseas. We ask families to support us in this endeavor by discussing with your student the importance and consequences of personal choices.
What does study abroad cost?
Costs for study abroad at one of Springfield College’s affiliate programs are comparable to the cost of a regular semester of full-time study on campus. Students pay regular Springfield College fees, tuition, and room and board if provided by the program, and not the costs indicated in the program’s brochure or Web site. All scholarships and financial aid are applicable toward studying abroad with our affiliates, with the exception of federal work study or scholarships specific to on-campus activities. Students incur the additional fees of airfare, travel, passport, visa, and personal expenses while abroad.
When should I apply?
Most programs require students to apply the semester prior to departure (April 1 for fall programs and October 1 for spring programs).
How do I learn about the policies and procedures for study abroad approval?
Students should attend a General Information Session to learn fully about the policies and procedures for study abroad.
Does Springfield College provide any orientation before I go abroad?
The General Information Session will provide general knowledge about the study abroad process and how to select a program. All students who have selected or been accepted to a program are required to attend a Pre-departure Orientation the semester before they study abroad. These sessions are designed to provide comprehensive information about the application process and will help prepare you to study abroad.
Does Springfield College offer any study abroad programs in the summer?
Springfield College offers international internship programs during the summer months. However, the College does not maintain other affiliations with study abroad programs or operate our own study centers during the summer. Students may participate in any non-Springfield College study abroad program during the summer as long as it is accredited.
Where can I get a passport photo taken?
Passport photos can be obtained at most one-hour photo locations or copy shops such as CVS, Kinko's, or Mailboxes, Etc. We generally do not recommend the photo booth variety as they are often not passport photo quality and could be rejected by the National Passport Agency and Consulates.
Where can I get an International Student Identity Card (ISIC)?
The ISIC can be obtained online through STA Travel.
Do I need a visa and how do I get one?
Some countries do require a visa for U.S. students studying overseas. The U.S. Department of State has the information you need on how you may obtain a visa. For specific information or questions about the visa application, contact the appropriate embassy or consular representative for the country in which you will be studying abroad. Obtaining a visa can be a lengthy and complicated process, so begin work on the visa process as soon as you decide which program you will attend. The International Center recommends beginning the visa process within one week after acceptance into your program. Read carefully the information on the embassy or consulate Web site. Be sure to bring all required documents and the specified number of copies to your appointment.
Do my grades from study abroad count towards my GPA?
Yes. Credits from our affiliate programs are considered resident credits. They are listed on your transcript and averaged into your GPA.