For Parents & Families
- 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 Cal Lutheran.
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, Cal Lutheran has options from as short as a week to as long as a year. We have 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, CIEE, SIT, etc. These programs offer a variety of destinations and themes for students to choose from. With this option, students are eligible to use any State and Federal aid money awarded to them that semester, as they continue enrollment at Cal Lutheran. View the Partner-Affiliate Programs.
A Cal Lutheran Program is a direct program between Cal Lutheran and the institution abroad. The student is eligible to take all financial aid awarded to them for their semester abroad, including Cal Lutheran scholarships, since they pay Cal Lutheran tuition. There are currently 9 different study abroad programs administered by Cal Lutheran. View the Cal Lutheran Programs.
Will credits count toward their major/degree?
By going through the Study Abroad Center, we ensure that the classes students enroll in will count towards their degree. Before leaving to study abroad, they will fill out a course approval form that professors will sign, stating that the classes they take will count toward their major, minor, or CORE 21 requirements. The Study Abroad Center and their academic advisor will work with the student to get specific requirements fulfilled. Please note that student must still be progressing toward their degree in order to study abroad.
Is there a Cal Lutheran Study Abroad language requirement?
Some programs do have a language requirement, and others will ask that students enroll in the language while abroad. Students should check the specific program they are considering for any language requirement.
Is there a GPA requirement?
A 3.0 minimum GPA is required for enrollment in all study abroad programs.
Can they use their financial aid to study abroad?
Absolutely! For Cal Lutheran Programs, all financial Aid can be used towards study abroad, since the student is still paying Cal Lutheran tuition. Students on Partner Affiliate programs are eligible to use their State and Federal aid toward the program’s cost. We also encourage students to apply for scholarships, as there are many available to study abroad students. 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. Students can check the State Department website to see if a visa is required for their study abroad destination.
NOTE: If attending the Cal Lutheran Program to Washington D.C. 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 brochures for those programs. Cal Lutheran programs base tuition directly on the costs of attending a semester at Cal Lutheran. 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 Cal Lutheran Study Abroad center?
If a student finds a program that is not offered through the Study abroad Center, they can still attend as an external candidate with approval. Participating in an external program requires students to take a leave of absence from the University. In this case, students are not eligible to use any financial aid and their courses are not guaranteed to transfer back to Cal Lutheran upon completion of the program. The Study Abroad Center will still help students through this process and provide a Pre-Departure Orientation.
What is a Travel Seminar?
A Travel Seminar is a course that is taught at Cal Lutheran during the regular semester, followed by a 2-3 week seminar abroad during winter or summer break. The course may qualify for CORE, major or minor requirements. Credits are given for 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, skype, 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 set up a skype account to chat with family and friends back home.
It is also important to remember that 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 engage with new surroundings, which means refraining from calling home too often. Please encourage your student to do so as it will help the transition immensely.
What if I have more questions?
Your student is taking the necessary steps to study abroad, and we encourage you to talk with them throughout the process. If you have more questions, please share them with your student so that they are thinking about those questions, too. We are always available to help students and answer any questions they have. It is important that students be involved in every stage of the planning process so that they are properly prepared to study abroad.