Studying abroad may be a defining moment in your education! Nothing will be quite the same after you have studied abroad. Your outlook will be global, your attitudes will be international, and you will have memories that will last a lifetime!
Why Study Abroad?
- Academic credit – the most obvious reason!
- Language acquisition – The world marketplace is shrinking rapidly, and many companies require second languages.
- Résumé building – Show potential employers that you are motivated and interested in taking on new challenges and prepare yourself for a career in our increasingly interconnected world and economy. International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees.
- Broaden and deepen your experiences – learn about new possibilities and options. Make friends and meet people from a completely different background.
- Learn to adapt and succeed in a new environment. Studying abroad shows that you are resourceful, adventurous, globally minded, and understanding of diversity.
Who Can Study Abroad?
Most students can take advantage of a study abroad opportunity. There are two options: a semester abroad or a short-term, 10-day study abroad trip. If you want to spend a semester abroad, make sure you consider your plans at the start of your college career. Many majors have tight schedules, but often there may be a semester when you can take courses abroad that will transfer into your major requirements.
Can I Afford to Study Abroad?
Financial aid is available, and most students can take advantage of this opportunity if they work closely with advisors in the financial aid office.
How Will Study Abroad Affect My Major at Immaculata?
Studying abroad will complement your major at Immaculata. Make sure you meet with your academic advisor about your course selections to ensure that you are choosing courses that will complete academic requirements. In addition, you may also have the opportunity to complete internships abroad, a guaranteed benefit for your résumé.
Who Can Help Me Find the Best Study Abroad Program to Fit My Major?
Your first point of contact will be with the coordinator for study abroad to look at your options. Then you will meet with your academic advisor to see how spending a semester abroad will enhance your major program.
Sister Elaine Glanz, IHM
Coordinator of Study Abroad
Study Abroad Office (The Academic Advisement Center – 26B)
Approved Study Abroad Organizations
Immaculata University has entered into agreements with the following study abroad organizations. Please look through the materials provided and then discuss your options with an academic advisor, as well as with Sister Elaine Glanz, the coordinator of study abroad programs.
Credits may be transferred from other accredited study abroad programs if they are approved by the dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies.
Reciprocal Study Abroad Agreements
Kukulcan Spanish Language School
Every summer, Immaculata sponsors a study abroad program at Kukulcan in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In three weeks of intensive immersion, you can earn six credits that transfer to Immaculata as SPAN 101-102, or SPAN 201-202, or SPAN 335-303. The program includes excursions and visit to sites related to your area of interest, such as schools, hospitals, and courts. For more information, contact Marisa Pereyra, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-647-4400 ext. 3454.
Dublin Business School
The DBS Study Abroad Program is a rewarding international learning opportunity where eligible American undergraduates spend a semester or full academic year at Dublin Business School/DBS School of Arts. DBS offers a 16-week semester abroad program to visiting U.S. students in both fall and spring each year. The program begins with a four-week foundation course covering the major aspects of Ireland and Irish society. Students then choose courses across the schools of business and arts for the remainder of the semester. An internship is also an optional part of the program.
St. Mary’s University, London
St. Mary’s represents one of the most exciting cities to enhance your studies and your social life. The campus is delightful and feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Central London. St. Mary’s is located in a pleasant part of South West London where a green space is never very far away. At the same time you have all the advantages of the busy towns of Kingston and Richmond close by, and central London is just over 30 minutes away by train.
St. Mary’s offers a student-centered, friendly atmosphere, very high student satisfaction rates, and a strong research culture, all of which place the university in a favorable position among London providers of higher education. The Catholic ethos of St. Mary’s is rooted in a tradition of making people of all faiths or no faith feel welcome, and in offering hospitality to everyone.
As an overseas undergraduate student, you may wish to spend a semester or a full academic year at St. Mary’s, studying undergraduate modules together with our home students and other international students. You can normally select four modules per semester within the undergraduate subject areas. As a study abroad student, you will be fully integrated into the academic and social life at St. Mary’s. Check out all the possibilities of study abroad with St. Mary’s at their site.
University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the United Kingdom and has maintained a consistent reputation for academic excellence and innovative research. The university offers visiting students the opportunity to study in a world-class teaching and living environment.
International students can choose from over 900 courses from a range of schools. This flexibility ensures a broad academic experience and allows you to match your study abroad options with your degree courses at home.
The study abroad program is designed for students who elect to come to the University of Glasgow for a semester or year as part of their undergraduate degree program.
St. Francis University, Ambialet, France
The Ambialet site offers students the opportunity to experience the adventure, beauty, and history of Europe in the halls of this centuries-old Franciscan monastery nestled in the French mountains, overlooking the village of Ambialet. Students will also spend time living in Paris, experiencing the legendary sights. Activities are divided between Ambialet and Paris and also include interaction with the University of Albi, giving students the chance to develop skills and have experiences that a classroom setting will never provide.
Irish-American Scholar Program
Through this reciprocal agreement, each year a student from Northern Ireland spends a year at Immaculata University. As a means of thanking Immaculata for hosting Study USA (BEI) students, the Northern Ireland institutions offer a limited number of openings in the Irish-American Scholar Program each year. This program enables a limited number of American students from Study USA-supporting colleges to spend one or two semesters at a university or college in Northern Ireland, tuition free.
Each fall, a representative of the program invites up to three applications from students who have a GPA of 3.2 or above. The students will be considered for a place at a Northern Ireland institution.
Current sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.2 GPA, studying at U.S. church-related colleges and universities participating in the Irish-American Scholar Program during the current academic year, may apply for full-tuition scholarships, which are awarded on a competitive basis.