Study Abroad Policy
Preparing to Study Abroad
The study abroad process begins by completing a questionnaire and an assessment of student interest. Consideration is given by major, foreign language study, and other areas of study. A necessary element of studying abroad is curiosity about the world’s peoples, societies, and cultures of other regions.
Students review program options, courses, cost, and requirements and begin their application with the IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent staff. They also meet with the chair of their department and their academic advisor to assess the best fit for their international course of study.
Students are provided a study abroad packet to complete, which also serves as a contract between the student and the College to obtain the necessary transfer of credits. All IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent programs require two service-learning courses for six credits—Institutions in Society (SOC 356) and IPSL Service-Learning and Reflections Practicum Seminar (SOC 374). Completed contracts are filed with IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent and academic advisement. A semester abroad typically offers 12 to 18 credits that can be applied to your studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Before departing to study abroad, students will create a schedule with their academic advisor for the semester following their study abroad experience.
Please note: Faculty wishing to take students abroad on faculty-directed programs can do so through IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent at a discount, or with the organization of their choice.
Students are eligible for study abroad opportunities beginning the second semester of their freshman year, or during their second semester as a transfer student.
To be eligible for study abroad, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and obtain approvals from the chair of their department and their academic advisor.
Students should consult representatives from IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent for additional details and eligibility requirements.
Enrollment in full-time, semester, and short-term programs that are approved for credit by the College may be considered for purposes of a student applying for federal student financial assistance.
Federal, state, and institutional aid can be applied to semester-long IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent programs. In support of the key mission of service, please note that institutional aid is restricted to IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent programs. Federal and state aid can be applied to any program. The IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent application fee is waived for Mount students.
Students are also encouraged to meet with IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent staff to explore scholarship options for study abroad, including support through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Diversity Abroad, and other sources.
Interested students should contact IPSL @ Mount Saint Vincent for more information.
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