Who can study abroad?
Study Abroad programs are available to second semester sophomores, juniors, and first semester seniors. Stonehill requires applicants to have a strong academic background. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to study abroad, and 3.0 to intern abroad by the end of the semester prior to applying to go abroad. Some programs do, however, have higher GPA requirements and more competitive standards, such as course prerequisites and foreign language competency. In addition to academic requirements, students must exhibit above average professionalism, motivation, reliability, and communication skills and must be approved by the Office of International Programs and the Student Affairs Division.
To what extent should I be involved in helping my son or daughter select a program?
There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding on a program. While it is important that you encourage your son or daughter to thoroughly consider their options, it is equally important that they reach a decision on their own. Students are more likely to benefit from and appreciate a program which they have chosen on their own accord.
How can I best assist my son or daughter with pre-departure logistics?
Showing interest in your son or daughter's pre-departure preparation can be a positive way for you to learn more about their program while demonstrating your support for them. While gentle reminders and suggestions are fine, please resist the temptation to complete steps for your son or daughter. The preparation phase can set the tone for the remainder of the program, so your child should become accustomed to working through issues and completing important documents on their own. This will not only prepare them to be more independent, but will also increase their feeling of ownership of the entire education abroad experience.
How comparable will the host institution services/facilities be to those at Stonehill?
Most foreign institutions are quite different than their American counterparts. These differences can be apparent in registration procedures, teaching style, accommodations, technology, campus facilities, etc. These differences do not reflect on the quality of education or program, it's simply cultural differences in the educational systems abroad.
How safe will my son or daughter be when they are studying abroad?
Our office works closely with our partner institutions to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students. While no part of the world is crime-free (including the U.S.), we prepare students for common safety issues during the orientation process at Stonehill and on-site at their host institution, and make them aware of the resources which will prove helpful in the event of an emergency. If you or your child has specific safety concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of International Programs or their program provider.
What if I have other questions?
For additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at (508) 565-1645. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm.