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Semester/Year- Long Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Study Abroad?
What are the deadlines for my Study Abroad?
What Universities can I go to?
Do they all teach English?
What is a Visa and how do I apply?
Do I need International Health Insurance?
How do I apply for International Health Insurance?
Do I need extra Vaccinations?
What is a Passport and how do I apply?
What is the difference between a Passport Card and a Passport Book?
Where can I stay when I’m abroad?
How will my credits transfer?

Short Term Study Abroad (STSA) Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Short Term Study Abroad (STSA) Course?
Who may participate in STSAs?
What are the focuses of STSAs?
How do I learn more about STSAs?
How much do STSAs cost?
How do I pay for STSAs?
How do I enroll in an STSA?

Travelship Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Travelship?
What is it used for?
Who does it apply to?
How do I apply?
What is the Leadership Commitment?
How much emphasis is placed on the Leadership Commitment Plan?
What are some of the factors considered in the personal statement?
Is financial need the only factor considered by the committee in making a decision?
How many people will be on the interview panel?
When is the deadline?
When should I apply for a Travelship?
How much funding can I request?
Can I apply for a travelship more than once?
Is there anything else I should know about the travelship process?


 

How do I apply for Study Abroad?
Information on applications for Study Abroad are available on our How to Apply page or in our office in LA 102

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What are the deadlines for my Study Abroad?

Your Application to Study Abroad, Intern, or Student Teach Abroad, Faculty Evaluation for Study Abroad, Letter of Recommendation, personal essay, passport photo and data page and resume are all due the semester before your first class in INS 299.

Your Student Statement of Evidence of Financial Support for Study Abroad is due June 1 if you plan to study abroad in the Fall, and November 1 if you plan to study abroad in the Spring.

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What Universities can I go to?
Lists of all our connections and available universities can be found on our Semester/Year- Long page.

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Do they all teach in English?
Not necessarily. Most of the universities that we have partnerships with offer classes taught in English. Students can check the language of instruction under the descriptions of each university on our Semester/Year-Long Page.

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What is a Visa and how do I apply?
A visa is a legal document issued by the government of the host country, setting the terms and conditions for entry and length of stay for foreign nationals. You may obtain information about applying for a student visa at the embassy website of the country or countries in which you plan to study, teach, intern, work, or visit. You can locate your local embassy at the Foreign Embassy website.

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Do I need International Health Insurance?
Yes. Alverno College requires that you have health and medical insurance for the duration of your time abroad that includes coverage for medical evacuation or any other medical emergency. Also, many countries require you to provide proof of insurance in order to obtain a visa and sometimes at the port of entry.

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How do I apply for International Health Insurance?
Health insurance coverage is included in some programs but if it is not, the IIC will enroll you in an insurance plan and the premium cost will be added to your Alverno student tuition bill. This requirement cannot be waived and the health insurance you may use in the U.S. will not be usable abroad.

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Do I need extra vaccinations?

Oftentimes yes. When traveling to certain countries, particular vaccinations are required. Your health provider should be able to provide you with information regarding what vaccinations are required when leaving the country and the university abroad will provide information regarding what vaccinations are needed in order for a student to enroll.

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What is a Passport and how do I apply?
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid passport is required to enter and leave most countries internationally. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant issue or verify U.S. Passports. Applications for passports are available on the U.S. Department of State website.

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What is the difference between a Passport Card and a Passport Book?

A Passport card is a travel document that can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. It cannot be used for international air travel whereas a Passport book is valid for international travel by air, sea or land. If you have a passport card and need a passport book, you can follow the renewal process on the U.S. Department of state website.

Where can I stay when I’m abroad?

All of our exchange universities present students with the option to live on-campus in one of the dormitory units. Some universities greatly encourage students to apply to stay with a host family for a greater cultural immersion experience.

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How will my credits transfer?

The IIC requires students to fill out a Course Equivalency Form when preparing to study abroad. Students can browse the host university’s course offerings as provided by the IIC. Students must set up an appointment with their academic adviser and bring a copy of their Academic Evaluation to the meeting to negotiate which course credits are equivalent. When the form is signed and completed it is recommended to make multiple copies for the student and adviser.

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What is a Short-Term Study Abroad (STSA) Course?

A Short-Term Study Abroad (STSA) course is a credit-bearing course that begins with in-class instruction throughout the semester and concludes with a 10-14 day period of travel in a particular country. Courses may be offered in the fall, spring, or summer semester. 

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Who may participate in STSAs?

You must be age 18 or older to enroll in an STSA. You do not, however, have to be an enrolled Alverno Student to take the course. More information is provided on the STSA page.

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What are the focuses of STSAs?

Courses focus on specific aspects of a country or culture such as healthcare, religious practices, historical experiences, the arts, and many other dimensions. You experience another country or culture and its people as well as its geography, history, economics, environment, and political aspects.

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How do I learn more about STSAs?

Watch for posters, signs, or e-mails that announce upcoming information sessions or courses.  If you are interested in more details, contact the course faculty or stop by the International and Intercultural Center.

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How much do STSAs cost?

You pay regular tuition per credit for the STSA and the cost of the travel. Faculty work carefully to determine the lowest price possible that will pay for the travel costs (flight, train, etc.), lodging, meals, and entry fees.  Health insurance is required and included in the trip cost.

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How do I pay for STSAs?

STSAs are considered part of your course work at Alverno and scholarships and financial aid may be used to pay for it. You may also apply for a Travelship, a form of financial assistance that is paid back through service hours. When you register for an STSA, an estimated course fee/trip cost is added to the next semester’s billing statement. You may work with the Business Office to arrange a payment plan for the trip cost. By the first day of your STSA class, all students are responsible for having established a payment plan for the course.

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How do I enroll in an STSA?

After determining that you meet the prerequisites listed on IOL for a course, a deposit of $150 is required to be submitted to the Business Office. The Business Office will notify the Registrar that you are eligible to enroll in an STSA. When you are permitted to register for the course, you may simply enroll on IOL.

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What is a Travelship?

A travelship is financial assistance awarded to supplement a student’s own contribution for travel costs and fees. The travelship is offered by Alverno College and meant to be paid back through service to the college.

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What is it used for?

A Travelship can be used for study abroad, course required travel, independent international study, travel study within the United States, travel required internships or professional conferences or seminars.

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Who does it apply to?

Any Alverno student in good standing is eligible to apply, however, priority will be given to undergraduate students when considering awards.

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How do I apply?

Interested students must stop by the International and Intercultural Center, FO 345, to register to apply. An electronic application form will be sent to you. You must complete the application, Leadership Commitment form and submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members or advisers.

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What is the Leadership Commitment?

The Leadership Commitment is the plan you submit at the time of your application. The Commitment details the services you plan to provide to repay the funding for your Travelship. For every amount of $10 awarded, one hour of service must be completed. Your Leadership Commitment must be approved and signed by the person supervising your leadership commitment.

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How much emphasis is placed on the Leadership Commitment Plan?

Since this is how you will repay the financial assistance, the committee strongly considers the creativity and innovation outlined by each student.  It is important to be very thoughtful when completing this part of the application.  If you have questions about the plan, you are encouraged to attend the information sessions or make arrangements to speak with a committee member in the IIC.

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What are some of the factors considered in the personal statement?

There are a series of questions on the application.  You should carefully respond to them and incorporate them in your narrative.

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Is financial need the only factor considered by the committee in making a decision?

No. Committee members take into account financial need, the personal statement, faculty recommendations and the strength of the leadership commitment plan.

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How many people will be on the interview panel?

Each panel has 2-3 members of the committee which consists of faculty and staff.

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 When is the deadline?

For Travelships to be awarded in the Spring, the deadline is typically the first Friday in April. For Travelships to be awarded in the Fall, the deadline is typically the first Friday in November. Be sure to ask for the exact date of the deadline when you register.

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When should I apply for a Travelship?

You should apply at least one semester before you travel.  Be aware that if you apply in the same semester as your travel, it is possible that you may not receive your award in time.  You can however, be reimbursed if you are awarded a travelship.

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How much funding can I request?

Awards are for no less than $50 and no more than $1000. The Travelship application includes a budget worksheet to help you determine the amount you will need.

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Can I apply for a travelship more than once?

This is determined on a case by case basis.  Preference is given to first time applicants. 

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Is there anything else I should know about the travelship process?

Yes.  The travelship is not a loan.  It is about giving back to the college.  Students are urged to be as creative as possible in how they accomplish providing service to Alverno.  It is a way to incorporate some of the abilities.  Projects involving effective citizenship, developing a global perspective, communication and social interaction are great resources for designing innovative ways to contribute to Alverno.

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For more information on Travelships, please view our Travelship Brochure (pdf) or contact Celia Jackson at celia.jackson@alverno.edu.

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