FAQ for Parents
- Is Study Abroad for my student?
- When is the best time to Study Abroad?
- Will studying abroad set back their graduation date?
- How long is a study abroad program?
- What is the difference between a Partner Affiliate Program and a CLU Program?
- Will credits count towards their major?
- Is there a CLU Study Abroad language requirement?
- Is there a GPA requirement?
- Can they use their financial aid to study abroad?
- Are a passport and/or visa to study abroad?
- What is the tuition for a study abroad program?
- What is housing like on a study abroad program?
- What if a program isn't offered by the Study Abroad center?
- What is a Travel Seminar?
- How much money is needed once they are abroad?
- How can we keep in touch with them when they are abroad?
- What if I have more questions?
Is Study Abroad for my student?
Study abroad is for everyone. It allows students to broaden their horizons and enrich their college experience. Opportunities are available for any student who wishes to take advantage of the many possibilities available through CLU.
When is the best time to Study Abroad?
Students will work with their academic adviser to determine which semester/year is best for them. We recommend that students study abroad during their second semester sophomore year through their senior year. We encourage students to begin planning their semester or year abroad as early as freshman year to ensure that the courses available to them fit into their four-year plan.
Will studying abroad set back their graduation date?
With careful planning, study abroad should not affect a student's graduation date. Students who begin to plan their time abroad early can graduate in four years. The key is to start planning right now!!!
How long is a study abroad program?
With numerous study abroad programs, CLU has options from as short as a week to as long as a year. We have many programs that last for six to eight weeks in the summer as well as many semester programs. Travel Seminars are offered during academic breaks. Note that a very high percentage of study abroad participant's report that they wish they had gone for a longer term!
What is the difference between a Partner Affiliate Program and a CLU Program?
A Partner Affiliate Program is one that is offered by a third party such as AIFS, AustraLearn, etc. These programs offer a variety of countries that a student can study abroad at. If a student chooses this option they are eligible to take any loans and Federal grant money awarded to them that semester, as they continue enrollment at CLU.
A CLU Program is a direct program between CLU and the school abroad. The student is eligible to take all financial aid awarded to them for their semester abroad, including CLU scholarships. There are currently 12 different CLU programs.
Will credits count toward their major/degree?
By going through the Study Abroad Center, we ensure that when you go abroad the classes you are taking will count towards your degree. Before leaving to study abroad they will fill out a course approval sheet where professors will sign, stating that the classes they take will count for CLU credit. The Study Abroad Center and their academic advisor will work to get specific requirements fulfilled.
Is there a CLU Study Abroad language requirement?
Some programs do require a language requirement, where others will ask that you enroll in the language while abroad. Make sure to check the specific program you are considering for any language requirement.
Is there a GPA requirement?
A 3.0 minimum GPA is required for enrollment in all study abroad courses.
Can they use their financial aid to study abroad?
Absolutely! For, CLU Programs, all financial Aid can be taken towards study abroad. Students on Partner Affiliate programs are eligible to take their loans and any federal grants. We also encourage students to apply for outside scholarships. Financial Aid is only available for students studying during a semester or year program.
Are a passport and/or visa needed to study abroad?
All study abroad programs, regardless of duration, require a passport, and students should apply for passports at their local post office as soon as they begin to consider studying abroad. Passport photos can be taken in the Study Abroad Center for free. Depending on the country and length of stay a visa may be required; you will receive information on whether you need one when you apply. Also, you can look at the visa link to check if your study abroad location needs a visa.
NOTE: If attending the Washington D.C. or Wagner program a passport is not required, though it is always recommended to have one.
What is the tuition for a study abroad program?
Tuition costs vary. The costs for Partner Affiliate programs can be found on the web or in the bulletins for those programs. CLU programs base tuition directly on the costs of attending a semester at CLU. Additional costs and travel expenses vary according to the program.
What is housing like on a study abroad program?
Housing varies from program to program. Some programs house students with local families (home stays), others in dorms of local universities, while still others house students in apartments or flats with fellow students.
What if a program isn't offered by the CLU Study Abroad center?
If you find a program that suits your students needs and is not offered by the Center they can still attend as an external candidate with approval. This means that they will take a leave of absence from CLU and as apart of that no aid will be able to be taken with you. The CLU Study Abroad Center will still help you along the process.
What is a Travel Seminar?
A Travel Seminar is led by a member of the faculty for a 2-3 week period during winter or summer break. Generally a preparation course is taken before the travel portion of the class and may be followed by an essay or project. It can qualify for core, major or minor requirements. Credits are given during the course and travel portion.
How much money is needed once they are abroad?
The amount of money needed depends on what the student is responsible for while abroad. It is a good idea to create a budget prior to departure that separates any known living and school costs such as food, housing, transportation and text books, from general spending money that can be used for independent travel, souvenirs, etc.
How can we keep in touch with them while they are abroad?
Postal mail, telephone, fax and email are all available means by which to communicate with students abroad. While rates may be higher to connect overseas, the services work very similar to those here in the United States. A popular option used by many students is to obtain a calling card from your current long-distance carrier. Be sure to find out the appropriate access numbers for the United States as they vary from country to country.
It is also important to remember they may not have access to a phone or computer when they first arrive. It is best to agree upon a time with your student to check in. While it is important to check in periodically, please keep in mind that part of the study abroad experience is to immerse one's self in the local culture and disconnect from home a bit. Please encourage your student to do so. It will help the transition immensely.
What if I have more questions?
Make sure to talk to your student first as they may have the information you are seeking. If you have any further questions, you can call the CLU Study Abroad center at (805) 493-3750 or email us at Studyabroad@callutheran.edu.