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PRESENTED BY CUABROAD THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION T HE C ATHOLIC U NIVERSITY O F A MERICA Education Abroad 101: First Steps.

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1 PRESENTED BY CUABROAD THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION T HE C ATHOLIC U NIVERSITY O F A MERICA Education Abroad 101: First Steps

2 What is CUAbroad? A unit of the Center for Global Education Administers a variety of study and internship program options for US students abroad Coordinates education abroad and exchange options within the university Location: McMahon Hall 111 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm

3 Services we Provide Education abroad advising Program review and approval Course registration and credit transfer assistance Weekly information sessions Pre-departure orientations International health & evacuation insurance International Student ID Cards Advice on obtaining visas Re-entry programming

4 Benefits of Study Abroad Academics:  Courses are available for all majors.  Fulfill degree requirements (major, minor, distribution, electives).  Unique experiences that enrich a student’s course of study, e.g. studying ecology in Costa Rica, business in Shanghai, or music in Vienna. Career:  Demonstrates skills that emloyers value: flexibility, adaptability, interpersonal communication, organization, self-reliance, teamwork, etc. Can make a resume stand out, especially if it includes education abroad at a non-traditional destination.  Networking and international employment opportunities.

5 Additional Benefits Graduate School:  Demonstrates a high degree of initiative.  Internships, field experience, volunteer, service learning or research opportunities. Personal Growth:  Discover new places and meet new people.  Experience different cultures, politics and lifestyles.  Challenge one’s own world view.  Develop a more sophisticated understanding of what it means to be American in a global world.

6 Where can I study abroad? 28 countries on 5 continents across the globe. Search by location or by discipline. Programs are available for every major. Over 75 affiliated program options to choose from. ArgentinaArgentina Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Chile China Costa Rica Cuba Czech Republic Ecuador Egypt France Germany Greece Hungary India Ireland Italy Japan Jordan Mexico Morocco New Zealand Poland South Africa Spain United KingdomAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBrazilChileChina Costa RicaCubaCzech RepublicEcuadorEgyptFrance GermanyGreeceHungaryIndiaIrelandItalyJapan JordanMexico MoroccoNew ZealandPolandSouth AfricaSpainUnited Kingdom

7 Most Popular Program CUA in Rome : CUA’s Flagship Semester Program

8 Popular with CUA Honors Students Oxford Semester

9 Spring Break 2014 in Madrid, Spain March 7-15, 2014 With Dr. Daniel García-Donoso

10 What are the requirements to study abroad? Short-Term & Summer Programs  Good academic and disciplinary standing  Minimum 2.5 GPA Semester & Academic Year Programs  Good academic and disciplinary standing  Minimum 2.5 GPA (many programs require higher)  Full-time student at the time of application  Completed at least 45 credits by the time program begins  Language requirement: must be completed by the time the program begins (students may petition for deferment) Additional Requirements  Vary by program, are listed on the program web page  Examples: higher minimum GPA, specific major, previous language experience, etc.

11 When can I study abroad? Spring Break:  As early as freshmen year or anytime after that Summer:  Following freshman, sophomore, or junior year Semester:  Second semester of sophomore year and after Academic Year:  Sophomore or junior year

12 What types of programs does CUA offer? CUA-Administered  Programs directed on-site by CUA, with CUA courses taught by CUA professors or local faculty. Examples include the CUA in Rome Semester and the London Parliamentary Internship. CUA Faculty-Led  Summer or spring break courses taught by a CUA professor Affiliated Provider-Sponsored Run by an affiliated organization that specializes in education abroad programs. Courses may be taught by the provider, at a local university or in combination. Internships

13 How much does it cost? A semester abroad cost is surprisingly affordable For students on CUA programs:  $100 Application fee  CUA Tuition (financial aid applies)  Program fee:  Usually $5,000 for a semester and $2,500 for a summer.  Covers the cost of housing, insurance, credit transfer, etc.  A $500 deposit on the program fee is required within 2 weeks of being accepted to the program.

14 Cost of non-CUA programs For students on non-CUA programs:  Cost of the program, paid directly to the program provider  CUA Administrative fee:  $500 (summer), $1,000 (semester), or $1,500 (academic year)  Covers the cost of insurance, credit transfer, etc.  Billed to the student’s CUA account

15 Will my financial aid apply? Students on CUA programs may apply all of their financial aid, except work-study. Students on approved non-CUA programs may apply any state/federal financial aid, but not their CUA aid.  Students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance to arrange for the continuation of this aid.

16 Are there scholarships available? Scholarships through CUA:  CUAbroad Autumn Advantage  Fall Into Rome  CUAbroad Diversity Scholarship  Crisafulli Fund: Language or Italian Studies majors. Many other scholarships are also available. Affiliated programs also offer scholarships.  Gilman, Boren, Fulbright, etc.

17 What are the deadlines to apply? CUA Programs:  October 1 (Spring Programs)  March 1 (Fall, Summer, & Academic Year Programs) Exceptions:  Some programs have earlier application deadlines Non-CUA Programs:  October 15 (Spring Programs)  March 15 (Fall, Summer, & Academic Year Programs)

18 Application Materials Academic Eligibility Form (A&S Students) Academic Eligibility Form Credit Approval Form CUAbroad Online Application CUAbroad Online Application CUA Transcript Letter of Recommendation ID-Style Photo Passport Scan/Photocopy $100 Application Fee (CUA Programs) Resume and Police Clearance (Westminster internship)

19 How do I select a program? Plan ahead! It is never too early to start. Look for a program that fits your major and career objectives. Consider various housing options. Talk with past participants. Consult both an education abroad advisor and your academic advisor on course selection. Save some of your distribution courses & electives. Be sure to discuss financial aid implications. Research scholarship options.

20 How do I Contact CUAbroad? CUAbroad The Center for Global Education 111 McMahon Hall The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave, NE Washington, DC Tel: Fax: Ella Sweigert, Director of Education Abroad Grace Schneider, Education Abroad Advisor


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