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Study Abroad FAQs

  1. Why should I study abroad?
  2. Is study abroad for me?
  3. Who can study abroad?
  4. Are there other eligibility requirements?
  5. Will my study abroad grades/credits transfer to McDaniel?
  6. What happens if I enroll in a study abroad program that is not on McDaniel’s affiliated list?
  7. Where can I study abroad?
  8. When and for how long can I study abroad?
  9. What can I study overseas?
  10. Do students ever enroll in more than one study abroad program?
  11. Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
  12. How do I apply for study abroad?
  13. What are the application deadlines?
  14. How much will study abroad cost?
  15. Are there scholarships available for study abroad?
  16. Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?
  17. Can students fulfill science requirements on study abroad?
  18. Should I enroll for classes at McDaniel for the semester that I will be off campus?
  19. How can I sign up for classes for the semester following my time off campus?
  20. What do I do about my housing for the semester after I return from studying abroad?
  21. Do I need to book my own flight and pay for my travel expenses/ airfare myself?
  22. Where can I get additional information on study abroad?
  23. Do I have to take a leave of absence from McDaniel in order to study abroad?

1. Why should I study abroad?

An international experience expands your horizons. It gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of yourself and the world around you. It prepares you to live in a global society and appreciate different ways of life. Study abroad also enriches your liberal arts education and complements McDaniel’s curriculum.

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2. Is study abroad for me?

There is no one answer. Consider these questions:
Do you like to travel?
Are you interested in learning about new people and cultures?
Are you adventuresome?
Do you like to challenge yourself?
Would you like to develop your foreign language skills?
Do you want to get an edge over your peer for grad school or a job?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then study abroad is for you!

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3. Who can study abroad?

Students from any discipline are able to study abroad. At McDaniel, 2nd semester first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and 1st semester seniors may study abroad. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the Dean of Students in the Office of Academic Affairs.

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4. Are there other eligibility requirements?

For approval to study abroad, students must be in good academic and social standing at the College (e.g., not on academic or disciplinary probation), have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (many programs require a higher GPA), attend all Pre-Departure Orientation meetings, and submit a Study Abroad Program Evaluation to the Registrar’s Office upon your return to campus.

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5. Will my study abroad grades/credits transfer to McDaniel?

Yes, both credits and grades of C- and higher are transferable to McDaniel from study abroad. The Registrar’s Office will post your credits/grades on your academic record when they receive (1) an official transcript from the overseas institution and (2) the Study Abroad Program Evaluation that you must complete upon your return to campus. The grades you earn overseas will be factored into your GPA at McDaniel.

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6. What happens if I enroll in a study abroad program that is not on McDaniel’s affiliated list?

Students who go on approved, non-affiliated study abroad programs must request a leave of absence from the College through the Dean of Students (Office of Academic Affairs). This permission is not necessary for summer abroad programs. Only credits (no grades) transfer to McDaniel from non-affiliated programs. Federal, Sate and McDaniel scholarships cannot be used for non-affiliated programs.

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7. Where can I study abroad?

Almost anywhere! You should begin by exploring programs opportunities available to McDaniel students on the International Programs Office (IPO) websites: www.mcdaniel.edu/studyabroad and www.mcdaniel.edu/budapest. We have our own branch campus and national study abroad center in Hungary (McDaniel College Budapest). We also have numerous affiliated programs and a student exchange program at the Facultés Universitaire Saint Louis in Brussels, Belgium.

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8. When and for how long can I study abroad?

This really depends on you and your personal goals for studying abroad. You may study abroad for at least a semester or full year. All of the study abroad programs affiliated with McDaniel also offer a variety of summer sessions (typically, 4-6 weeks). In addition to semester and summer programs, many students enroll in overseas Jan Term trips that are led by some McDaniel faculty members.

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9. What can I study overseas?

You may select courses to fulfill your major, minor, basic liberal arts, and elective requirements. If you wish to count an overseas course toward your major or minor requirement, you must receive prior approval by the chair of the relevant department.

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10. Do students ever enroll in more than one study abroad program?

Yes. Some common combinations are the following: summer and fall semester, multiple summer programs, fall semester enrolled in one program and spring semester enrolled in another, a semester during sophomore year on one program and a semester during junior year on another program.

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11. Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

No! Not speaking a foreign language should never stop you from studying abroad. Many study abroad programs in non-English speaking countries are taught in English. One of the benefits of going to a non-English speaking country is that you will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Foreign language students seeking to complete their residency requirement should plan to study abroad for a minimum of one semester or 12 weeks in the summer.

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12. How do I apply for study abroad?

1)The first step is to make an appointment with the director of the International Programs Office to discuss program options and the application process. The IPO can answer any questions you may have about studying abroad and assist you with the entire application process.
2)Then make an appointment to meet with your academic adviser to discuss course selection.
3)Attend the required Pre-Departure Orientation sessions that are scheduled each semester.
4)Passport processing time may be lengthy, so apply now!

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13. What are the application deadlines?

April 15 for fall semester programs. November 1 for spring semester programs. In special cases, these deadlines can be extended.

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14. How much will study abroad cost?

Program costs will depend on which program you choose, as well as where, when, and for how long you plan to study abroad. If you plan to travel while you’re abroad, this will also add to the total cost.

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15. Are there scholarships available for study abroad?

McDaniel College is affiliated with many study abroad program providers and foreign universities. Federal and state financial aid may be applied to all of these affiliated programs. McDaniel College scholarships can also be used for study abroad at the Budapest campus and on the Brussels Exchange programs, but not for affiliated programs. Students may apply for additional scholarships offered by our affiliated programs as well as external scholarships (for a list of these scholarships—such as Boren, Freeman, and Gilman scholarship—see the Scholarships for Study Abroadpage). No financial aid and scholarships can be applied to programs not affiliated with McDaniel.

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16. Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?

Yes, you can still graduate on time and study abroad. The key is to plan early. Visit the International Programs Office early and talk with your academic adviser to prepare a plan that will give you the most flexibility for taking classes abroad.

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17. Can students fulfill science requirements on study abroad?

Yes. There are programs and locations with science classes, as well as science themes. You may take science classes abroad and have them count toward a science major; however, you should discuss the course selection with your academic adviser and receive approval from the chair of the relevant department.

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18. Should I enroll for classes at McDaniel for the semester that I will be off campus?

Only if you anticipate the possibility of not being able to study abroad because you are not sure that you will have the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement or the GPA requirement of the program to which you are applying.

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19. How can I sign up for classes for the semester following my time off campus?

While you are abroad, the Registrar’s Office will email you with specific information about registering for classes on the Archway.

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20. What do I do about my housing for the semester after I return from studying abroad?

Before you go abroad, you should visit the Office of Residence Life and inform them that you will be living abroad the following semester. You will be asked to fill out a form with your housing information and preferences. If you are still uncertain or have any questions about your housing situation, contact the Director of Residence Life.

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21. Do I need to book my own flight and pay for my travel expenses/ airfare myself?

In general, yes—though a few programs, like AIFS, include an airfare option with their study abroad programs.

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22. Where can I get additional information on study abroad?

1)Visit the International Programs Office in Hill Hall 105. An array of study abroad brochures and program literature is available to you.
2)Visit www.mcdaniel.edu/studyabroad and www.mcdaniel.edu/budapest
3)Talk with fellow students who have participated in study abroad programs. Their names and programs are listed on the study abroad websites.

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23. Do I have to take a leave of absence from McDaniel in order to study abroad?

Students who enroll in one of our affiliated programs, the Budapest program, and the Brussels Exchange Program do not have to take a leave of absence from the College. Students who wish to apply to non-affiliated study abroad programs must first request a leave of absence from the Dean of Student Academic Life i the Office of Academic Affairs.

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