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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?
How do I apply for a Visa?
Do I need International Health Insurance?
How do I apply for International Health Insurance?
Do I need extra Vaccinations?
What is a Passport?
How do I apply for a Passport?
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?
Does the STSA go on my semester’s bill?


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?
A visa is a legal document issued by the government setting the terms and conditions for entry and length of stay for foreign nationals.

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How do I apply for a Visa?
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 and repatriation of remains. 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 that information as well as the university abroad.

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What is a Passport?
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid United States 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.

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How do I apply for a passport?
Applications for passports are available on the U.S. Department of State website.

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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 great 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. Student must set up an appointment with their academic adviser and bring a copy of their Academic Evaluation to the meeting to negotiate which courses will count as credits. 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 interested in more details, contact the course faculty or stop by the International & 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 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.

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How do I enroll in an STSA?

After determining you meet the prerequisites listed on IOL for a course, pay $150 to the Business Office to make a deposit on the trip’s cost. The Business Office will notify the Registrar that you are eligible to enroll in a STSA. When you are permitted to register for the course, simply enroll in it on IOL.

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Does the STSA go on my semester’s bill?

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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