To insure the well-being of our students, to
protect the integrity of the education you receive while enrolled at
the University of Dubuque, and to provide good stewardship of the
University’s resources, the following are the policies with regard to
study abroad for college credit:
Eligibility for Study Abroad
To be eligible to study in a semester- or
year-long study abroad program, you must:
1. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing (no
2. Be a member of the sophomore or junior class.
3. Have the approval of your major advisor. (Both you
and your advisor must
be aware of how study abroad
might impact your timely graduation.)
These guidelines do not apply to participation
in short term trips such as winter or spring-break study tours.
They do, however, apply to any other non-classroom experience for
which you are requesting academic credit, such as internships, service
learning, or independent research.
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
An important reason for all financial
aid is the principle of “equal access”.
All students, regardless of
financial need, should have access to academic opportunity.
International study should not be excluded from this or seen as
“luxury”. This said, the reality is that financial aid is not a
There are currently two categories of
consideration for financial aid:
abroad programs sponsored by the University of Dubuque:
This includes short
term, interim, semester, or year-long academic programs created or
supervised by University faculty, or collegial reciprocal
arrangements such as the Business Education
Initiative/Irish American Scholars Program.
Because you must
register and pay University tuition to attend any of these programs,
all of your financial aid package (Federal, state, institutional, and
loans) will apply to this study. If you are responsible for your own
board and room, such as in the Irish American Scholars program in
Belfast, the Business Office, the Financial Aid Office and the
International Studies Office will work together to see that the
board/room portion of your aid package is remitted to you.
2. Other study abroad programs:
As a University of
Dubuque student, you are welcome to attend other study abroad
programs. The International Studies office is happy to assist your
search for the best program. However, approval by the Registrar and
your major advisor before you leave is strongly recommended..
You should also file a “Temporary Leave of Absence” form with the
Registrar before leaving to study.
Guidelines for Federal
(and most state) aid allow that aid to be used for study abroad as
the student is enrolled in a degree program
at the home institution
abroad credit is approved for credit
by the home institution;
the study abroad classes are considered “full time”;
(grants or scholarships from University of Dubuque funds) will not
apply to these study abroad programs.
Support and Evaluation for Students
As with any academic program, students studying
abroad have the right to administrative support and the obligation to
evaluate their experience for use in future planning and program
As a student in any study abroad program (except short term
study trips) you must leave accurate and timely contact
information with the Registrar and the International Studies Office.
The University will maintain contact with you while you are abroad and
will keep you informed of campus matters, especially registration and
graduation information. If
at all possible, you should try to pre-register before leaving the
2. Upon your return, you will be requested to fill out an
your experience abroad. These
evaluations will be created and administered by the
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