Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
The truth is simply that it allows you an experience you can only gain from being in another culture, and as a student it may:
- Afford you an advantage in choosing a career or getting a job; it’s the BEST resume builder!
- Give you recognition in your community
- Increase your desire learn or knowledge in a variety of academic disciplines
- Make you more aware of your place in the world – enlarge your circle of friends
- Allow you to explore academic areas not offered at Georgetown College
- Be the best way to travel as you earn credits towards graduation; it’s the GREATEST deal!
Yes, all Georgetown College students in good academic standing are eligible to study abroad. Programs approved by Georgetown College are designed for undergraduate credit. The requirements vary slightly between programs. The typical requirement is about a 2.5 GPA. Some programs, like the Oxford Tutorial Program, require a higher minimum average.
You can choose to go a full academic year, fall or spring semester, winter break, or over the summer. Students who participate in semester or year length programs are usually juniors or seniors. Whenever freshmen and sophomores enroll in a study program, they usually participate in short term summer or winter programs.
Yes! If you choose to study abroad for a semester or academic year your are studying abroad with a consortium or affiliated partner of Georgetown College. This means you still have access to all GC resources (GC email, library, advising, etc) while abroad. If you participate in a short term (winter or summer) program you’re still a Tiger so long as you plan to return to Georgetown College for your next semester.
In order to ensure you will remain a Tiger, you should make the Director of International Studies aware of your intentions to study abroad.
Freshman and sophomore year is the best time to start thinking about studying abroad. Unlike juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores have more freedom in terms of classes they are taking. They also have many Core and Foundation credits that they need to earn toward their graduation. This makes studying abroad easier and more fun. Students are open to a variety of classes that they can take overseas and would still satisfy their graduation requirements. Many undeclared-major students also use the opportunity of studying abroad to experiment and decide their majors.
Studying abroad, especially for a semester or full academic year, requires careful planning to ensure the best experience. It’s never too early to start planning your time abroad!
Costs for study abroad programs vary, depending on your destination(s) and length of time you spend abroad. Factors to think about include:
- round-trip airfare
- meals and accommodation
- medical insurance
- tuition and administrative fees
- credit hours earned
- excursions and/our tours
- independent travel
Each program is unique and may include many of the expenses listed above; however, many programs have additional expenses beyond the listed program price. During the study abroad advising process you will discuss the total cost of your program and all related expenses with the Director of International Studies and Enrollment and the Office of Financial Planning – you will know your estimated out of pocket cost before committing to going abroad.
Students typically do NOT pay Georgetown College tuition or fees while abroad (exceptions apply for students going abroad on a Georgetown College program). Some students are even able to spend a semester abroad for less than their out of pocket cost to Georgetown College!
Financial Aid is typically not available for summer or winter term programs. However, students may typically use their federal and/or state aid for a semester or academic year abroad. You will meet with the Office of Financial Planning during the study abroad process to see exactly what financial aid may apply to your time abroad.
Your Georgetown College scholarships are not typically applicable to time abroad.
There are severe limitations on using financial aid to pay for summer study abroad programs. Generally, if you are receiving federal loans as part of your financial aid, you may be able to use these loans depending on several factors. The Office of Financial Planning can advise you on this topic.
Georgetown students may study in just about any part of the world!
Note: Georgetown College policy prohibits students from studying abroad in countries with an active US State Department Travel Warning. Visit the US State Department website from an up to date list. Georgetown College strongly suggests that students do not study abroad in countries with an active Travel Alert.
No, you can take a program with courses taught in English. However, there are programs that are taught in the native language of non-English speaking countries, if you want to experience and practice a foreign language.
While studying abroad takes careful planning the process is relatively simple and the Director of International Studies is there to help with every step.
Yes, the credits earned will be transferred to Georgetown College, and count toward your graduation requirements. Simply meet with the Director of International Studies BEFORE going abroad to ensure that the credit transfer process goes smoothly.
If you intend the credits to count toward your major, minor, or general education requirements, you must receive the approval of your faculty advisor and/or the department chair(s) over the area(s) in which you are earning credit. Otherwise, you can use the credit hours as electives.
The quality points will not be calculated into your overall GPA unless your course(s) abroad is taught by a GC professor or you are participating in the GC Oxford Program.