Center for International Programs - Semester/Year Abroad

Prospective Students

WHY STUDY ABROAD?

There are numerous academic and personal benefits of studying abroad…

  • An intellectually challenging experience
  • Greatly increase your level of fluency in a specific foreign language.
  • Become intimately acquainted with another culture and way of life.
  • Attain a new worldview.
  • See your home country with a different set of eyes.
  • Make friends from different cultural backgrounds, which will last a lifetime.
  • Increase your marketability, when looking for a position (a definite "resume-builder").

In March 2012, IES Abroad surveyed 1,008 study abroad alumni to “assess the impact study abroad has on a recent graduate’s prospects in securing employment and/or attending graduate school directly after earning a degree from a four-year college or university in the U.S.” Elaborating on an earlier IES Abroad survey investigating the benefits of study abroad and published by Transitions Abroad, the key findings of the 2012 study showed:

  • Nearly 90% of study abroad alumni secured a job within the first six months after graduation .
  • 50% felt the overseas experience helped them acquire their first jobs.
  • 84% felt that studying abroad helped them develop valuable job skills such as foreign language knowledge, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, communication, and more.
  • 90% were admitted into their first or second choice graduate or professional school.

Remember, you will get out of a study abroad experience as much as you yourself put into it.  You should have some clear goals in mind when considering studying abroad.  Look beyond simply travel as a reason for leaving the country.  You will certainly do that and have fun as well.  The real key, however, is to profit from your experience in a more profound manner, which will be beneficial to you, intellectually and/or personally, for the rest of your life.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD?

  • If you have not already done so, apply for a passport or renew your old one immediately!  The process can take 4-6 weeks and you will need your passport before you can apply for a student visa.   For detailed instructions, visit the U.S. State Department website.
  • Explore the CIP website: 
    1. Getting Started and Frequently Asked Questions
    2. Program Information
    3. Financial Information and Scholarship & Aid Information
    4. Forms 
  • Attend a general study abroad information session or a program-specific information session.  For the list of upcoming information sessions and special events, view the CIP Calendar page or see Fall 2013 Events below. 
  • Schedule a one-on-one appointment with Study Abroad Advisor, Courtney Tomlinson.  To schedule an appointment, call 610-660-1835, email cip@sju.edu or stop in the CIP office (City Ave, between Starbucks & 7-11)
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss the courses you would like to take while abroad and how they could possibly fit into your academic plan.   
  • If you are a language major or minor, please meet with your department’s faculty to discuss your program options.
  • Meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to discuss how your study abroad plans will affect your current financial aid package.  
  • Meet with one of our knowledgeable Peer Ambassadors, who can walk you through their experience with the study abroad process. 

FALL 2013 INFORMATION SESSIONS & RESOURCES

9/3 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 103: Study Abroad 101

9/5 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 103: Financing your Study Abroad

9/17 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 209: Off the Beaten Path

9/19 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 209: Experiential Learning

9/24 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 209: Europe for Second Languages

9/26 - 11:15am-12:15pm, MV 209: English Speaking Study Abroad Programs