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- What is Study Abroad?
- Why should I study abroad?
- Where can I study?
- Is a program available for my major?
- Can I really afford to study abroad?
- Will I get behind in my studies?
- What are my chances of being selected for the program?
- Do I have to speak a foreign language?
- How do I get started?
- What types of programs are available to me?
- Can I talk to other students who have studied abroad?
- What subjects can I study?
- What are my chances of being selected?
- When can I go abroad? – Planning Guide
Personal Enrichment: Studying abroad is a great way to step outside your natural environment and change your view of the world and yourself? Enhance your sense of independence and self-confidence. There is no better way to experience personal growth than to travel somewhere new and exciting.
Cultural Awareness: Immersion in a new culture is the best way to learn about the people, values, and traditions. By studying abroad, you will gain, not only an appreciation for your host country, a newfound understanding and appreciation for your own!
Change Your Thinking: Living in another culture presents a unique opportunity to broaden your perspective. People in different cultures have different mindsets that are worth exploring. Studying abroad can help you, "open your eyes" to the rest of the world and will help shape your thinking and perspective on issues.
Academic Credit: Study abroad is a great way to complement your studies with new and different courses that can still count for full credit with department approval.
Language Immersion: Depending on the country you choose, you may have the opportunity to be immersed in a new language 24/7. Whether it is for personal enjoyment or an academic requirement, immersion is the best way to improve on or learn a new language.
Professional Edge: Today's market is often driven by international markets and globalization. Diversity is an important characteristic to possess and there is no better way to demonstrate cross-cultural knowledge than from a study abroad experience. This is a terrific way to expand your career choices and develop a global resume! 50 countries. You have many different programs open to you through various affiliations.
If you already qualify for financial aid, in most cases you may apply some or all of it to your study-abroad experience. For more information on financial aid, click here.
Depending on your destination, program and the program provider, scholarships may be available to you by outside organizations. Most of these scholarships are competitive and require planning ahead. Information on scholarships can be found here
You can't afford not to study abroad! Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are few other experiences available to you that will offer you the education and personal growth you will gain by living and learning in a new culture.
With Department approval, you can apply some study abroad credits to your major and/or minor requirements. If you plan ahead, your Advisor can work with you to find a program that will not set you behind.
The process of selecting and applying to programs can seem overwhelming at first, but the staff of the Office of International Engagement is here to support and advise you through the process. Here are some steps to get you started:
- Attend a Study Abroad Information Session
- Set Goals and Prioritize
Montclair State University offers over programs in over 30 different countries during several different sessions. Choosing your program is exciting but can seem overwhelming. Read the statements below to help you explore your options and lead you toward the program that is right for you.
I know where I want to go. If this statement describes you, click on our interactive map and select your destination of choice. There you will find a list of programs that are offered. Some countries may only have one option, while others may have selections in several cities, and multiple programs in some cities. If you are certain about where you want to go, the map is a great way to begin your program search.
I know when and for how long I want to go. Does your academic program, personal life or job dictate when you are free to participate in study abroad? Is fall semester the most convenient time for you? Spring? Summer? Maybe you want to go abroad but can only fit a week or two into your schedule. Or, maybe you want to get as much experience possible abroad and a full academic year.
I know what I want to study. Depending on how far you have progressed toward your degree, you may have many general education requirements left to satisfy, or you may be working only on your major and minor requirements now. If you have free electives and/or Gen Ed requirements left to fulfill, you will have much more flexibility in selecting a program. If, however, you are restricted to satisfying major requirements, or if you just want to take specific courses while abroad, you may have a more limited selection. The further ahead you start planning for your term abroad, the more flexibility you will have in selecting a program.
- Explore Programs
- Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser After verifying that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing at Montclair State University, you are ready to focus on selecting a program.
You may also want to schedule a meeting with your academic or major adviser to review your degree requirements and determine what types of courses you will need to take during study abroad consult with your major department advisers and/or academic advisers about your plans. Discuss coursework and terms that will work for you.
Please schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.
- Apply Early
Fall programs: Submit completed application to the Study Abroad Office by March 1st.
Spring programs: Submit completed application to the Study Abroad Office by October 1st.
Summer programs: Submit completed application to the Study Abroad Office by March 1st.
There are four different ways to participate in study abroad programs.
ONE TO FIVE WEEK PROGRAMS
MSU Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs: These programs are run by Montclair State University faculty who accompany you, along with a group of Montclair students, to your overseas destination to take an Montclair course(s). You are billed by Montclair State University directly for these programs. You will be traveling and taking classes with a group from Montclair State University.
* Maintain your Montclair State enrollment
* Receive Montclair State credit AND Montclair State grades
* Eligible to use financial aid
* Travel and stay with a group of Montclair faculty and students
SEMESTER, ACADEMIC YEAR AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
Montclair State University Exchange Programs: These are traditional study abroad student exchange programs. Montclair State University partners with the overseas institution to "exchange" students for a semester or year. There are many benefits to this type of study abroad including lower cost, access to all financial aid and a greater opportunity for immersion in the host culture. For these programs, you must apply through the Study Abroad Office at Montclair State University.
* Maintain your Montclair State enrollment
* Charged Montclair State tuition and fees
* Receive resident credit, no grades
* Eligible to use financial aid: Federal, State and Institutional
Montclair State University Affiliated Programs:
Providers: These are programs run by third-party providers. The provider may be a non-profit (SIT) or for-profit private company that runs study abroad programs for universities around the country (SIT, ISA and CEA are our current affiliates). Montclair State has partnered with these providers to offer programs for Montclair students.
Institutions: These are universities, colleges or programs abroad that have been approved by Montclair State for study abroad.
For these programs, you must apply through the Study Abroad Office at Montclair State University.
- Maintain your Montclair State enrollment
- Billed by the Affiliate Program
- Not charged Montclair State tuition and fees
- Receive resident credit, no grades
- Eligible to use financial aid: Federal and some Institutional
- Withdraw from University*
- Apply for transfer credit, no grades
- Require a foreign credential evaluation
- May not use financial aid through Montclair State
Freshman year – Students are eligible to participate in some faculty-led programs or begin researching programs for the future. Attend information sessions and meet with a study abroad advisor.
Sophomore year – Students can spend a spring/winter break, summer, semester or year abroad. Meet with a study abroad advisor.
Junior year – Students can spend a spring/ winter break, summer, semester or year abroad. Meet with a study abroad advisor.
Senior year – Students can spend their fall semester abroad or participate in a short-term-faculty-led program and prepare for graduation in the spring. Studying abroad in your final semester may be possible however it requires precise planning and may delay graduation.