Why should I consider studying abroad?
You can learn a language. You can
enrich your chosen major. You can meet new people. You can
learn to think globally. You can enhance your resume.
And you will learn a lot
How do I choose a program?
Of course, you will need to consider issues such as cost, timing,
language, and your own health and fitness. There is no
replacement for lots of research! Use the
links in this website to begin your search, and come to the
International Studies Office for help in refining your decision.
Don't overlook less traditional study abroad opportunities such as
short term study, interning, and service learning.
Can I use my financial aid for study abroad?
How much of your financial aid applies depends on the type of
program you choose. For University of Dubuque programs, your
entire financial aid package will apply. Right now, this
includes only the university's short term study trips. Federal or state
financial aid may be applied to any full-time study abroad program
approved for credit at the University of Dubuque. For more
information, go to Financial Aid.
Will my credits transfer?
Credits earned in any program sponsored by an accredited American
college or university will be transferred when you present the
Registrar with your transcript. If you have chosen direct
enrollment in a non-US university, you are encouraged to file for
pre-approval using the "prior course equivalency" form available from
the Registrar's Office. In any case, it is a good idea to meet
with your advisor as you are making your plans to insure that your
coursework will be accepted.
How can I fit study abroad into a four-year
It depends on your major. Some pre-professional majors are
quite regimented, and may not allow time for a whole semester away.
Most of the time, however, it is possible...as long as you give
yourself time for advance planning! If you are interested in
spending a semester abroad, meet as early as possible with your major
advisor to discuss the best timing. Try to fulfill several
general education requirements while you are abroad. Most
students who study abroad do so during their sophomore or junior year.
The University of Dubuque prefers that you spend your
senior year on campus.
Even if you can't fit a semester or year abroad
into your four year program, you can still consider a
short term study
program or perhaps a summer program.