How do I get started? The best place to start your search is on the Carroll study abroad web pages, which have information on programs, costs, durations, etc... Once you have narrowed down programs, or even if you can't decide, that's when it's time to see someone in the Education Abroad Office (EAO), located in St. Charles Hall 106.
Where can I go? Carroll is affiliated with four quality study abroad program providers, offers faculty-led programs and has six bilateral exchange partners (and developing more all the time!). Program providers or affiliates, are : The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and International Studies Abroad (ISA) and the Tuscany Semester in Sienna, Italy. There are also numerous faculty-led programs that travel to places such as the Amazon, Belize, India, the Middle East, and Italy . Our bi-lateral programs, which offer programs for the price of tuition and fees at Carroll are located at Kumamoto Gakuen University in our sister-state of Kumamoto, Japan, Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan; The Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, the Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France and the Catholic University of Korea near Seoul, and Universidad Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile.
When can I go? Carroll offers faculty-led programs during most breaks, as well as semester and academic year study abroad. There are over 36 countries to choose from!
I'm an engineering major--there is nothing for me out there! Not true! More and more students in engineering are studying abroad because they want to be competitive in the market place. There are great programs available to most every major.
I don't speak a foreign language, but I don't want to go to an English speaking country. With globalization occurring so rapidly, many foreign institutions offer programs in English. This is great for American students who want to study abroad, but do not have foreign language skills. All of our affiliates offer classes in English in non-English speaking countries.
How much will it cost? We have chosen our affiliates based on the quality of their program offerings as well as their affordability. Many of the costs are similar or even less than what you would pay at Carroll for a semester or a year. Reciprocal exchange programs price of attendance at Carroll. The faculty-led programs are priced according to the actual trip cost, plus the price of tuition. You can use your federal financial aid for approved semester and academic year programs. For all Carroll tuition based programs you can use your merit scholarships as well. Students who choose to participate in a non approved education abroad program may not use their federal financial aid.
What about scholarships? An added benefit from our affiliates is that they all offer additional scholarships to Carroll students. That's why it's so important to work with the study abroad office to be sure you are getting the most out of your study abroad experience, both financially and academically. For a list of other scholarships, be sure to check out the scholarship page. The link is on your left.
How does the credit transfer work? This is the most important thing to pay attention to. At the very beginning of your study abroad planning, you should be working with both the EAO and your academic advisor. It is imperative that you obtain pre-approval of your study plan before you go, so there are no unpleasant surprises upon your return. If your grades are transcripted on a foreign transcript, then they do not factor into your Carroll GPA.
Why should I do this? As a Carroll student, you understand the value and importance of a strong liberal arts education. So do employers. Year after year, employers say they prefer to hire people with language skills and cross cultural skills as well as those who can adapt to new situations quickly. Your time abroad will teach you these very important, life long skills. Nothing educates more than travelling and learning abroad. No matter your professional goals, education abroad will open your eyes to new ways of seeing, open your ears to new ways of listening and will open your mind to new ways of thinking and engaging. And you get that great sash to wear at commencement!
Ms. Shannon Ackeret
St. Charles Hall 105