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Why should students study abroad?

The implementation of Trinity University’s Pathways Curriculum and Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan fosters an environment for students to develop an international mindset. One of the best ways that students can develop global knowledge, skills, and attitudes is by studying abroad. Study abroad opportunities include programs offered by both Trinity and partner programs ranging in length for a semester, year, summer, or a few weeks. Students from all academic majors are eligible to study abroad.

Why do I pay Trinity costs when I study abroad?

Trinity is committed to making study abroad an integral part of the Pathways curriculum while maintaining access for all students to the high quality Approved Programs. In order to accomplish these goals in a fiscally viable manner, Trinity has adopted an approach to study abroad that is recognized as a best practice at the nation’s private liberal arts colleges.

How do I decide on a program?

Trinity recognizes two types of approved semester or yearlong study abroad programs: (1) programs led by Trinity University faculty and (2) programs offered by other institutions on Trinity’s Study Abroad Partner List. You will be assisted by Center for International Engagement staff in selecting and applying to the approved program that best serves your academic, personal, and professional goals. Currently, there are more than 160 approved international programs from which students can choose.

What is an “approved” program?

Trinity maintains a formal relationship with selected programs that meet high standard for academic quality and integrity, provide and guarantee adequate housing that meets appropriate standards, include health and safety support at the highest level, and offer content that best compliments the Trinity degree. Currently, there are more than 160 approved international programs from which students can choose.

What benefits to students receive while studying abroad on an approved program?

Costs for a semester are more predictable, making it easier for you to plan for your study abroad experience. In general, most basic costs will be the same when you study abroad as they would be if you studied on the Trinity campus. Independent travel and miscellaneous daily expenses may vary depending upon location, so students are advised to start the study abroad process early. While studying on an approved program, you maintain current enrollment status, assurance of transfer credit according to University policies, access to full support and preparation provided by the Study Abroad office, international insurance coverage, and comprehensive health and safety support. In addition, Trinity’s approach simplifies the payment process and provides the opportunity to settle billed costs through a University payment plan.

What if I want to apply to a program that is not on the approved list?

If you choose to study abroad on a program that is not approved by Trinity University you will not retain current enrollment status and should apply for a temporary withdrawal. If granted, upon return you may petition to transfer appropriate credit to Trinity. Please see the Study Abroad Office for details. Without current enrollment status, you are ineligible to receive any of the benefits of assistance and support.

How are credits earned from study abroad factored into my GPA?

Academic credit earned through a “Beyond the Classroom” course, Trinity Summer Abroad, or a Trinity Semester Abroad Program award “in residence” credit rather than “transfer” credit and will be calculated into the student’s GPA.

 All academic credits earned from approved study abroad providers outside Trinity are considered transfer credit within the guidelines for such credit as stated in the Trinity University catalog. Please see the Study Abroad Office for details. Transfer credits will affect hours earned and course requirements, but will NOT be calculated into the student’s GPA. Transfer grades are denoted with an asterisk (*). 

How much does studying abroad cost?

When you study abroad for a semester or year on an approved program, you will be responsible for paying the costs associated with attending Trinity as a residential student for that semester. When you enroll in an approved program from the Study Abroad Partner List, the program will bill Trinity directly. There may be an additional course fee associated with participating in a “Beyond the Classroom” course.  

What about other costs?

You should also budget for out-of-pocket expenses such as round-trip airfare, passport and/or visa fees, elective program costs (e.g., optional excursions), required immunizations (if applicable), books, cellular phone service, independent travel, miscellaneous program fees, as well as personal expenses. Such expenses will vary somewhat depending on location. The Study Abroad office and the program may be able to provide an estimate for some of these additional expenses.

What if the program costs are more or less than Trinity?

Regardless of the cost established by the provider, your cost will be consistent with all students enrolled at Trinity. We encourage you to make your decision to study abroad based on your academic needs rather than financial considerations.

Can I use my financial aid to pay for a semester or yearlong study abroad experience?

Yes. Because you will be charged by Trinity and maintain enrollment status, you have access to the University’s full financial aid program.

I am participating in a “Trinity Beyond the Classroom course” (a Trinity class that includes a study abroad component led by a Trinity faculty member). Will my financial aid apply?

When you study abroad for a semester or year on an approved program, you will be responsible for paying the costs associated with attending Trinity as a residential student for that semester. When you enroll in an approved program from the Study Abroad Partner List, the program will bill Trinity directly. There may be an additional course fee associated with participating in a “Beyond the Classroom” course.  

Is there aid for study abroad programs that take place during the summer?

Financial aid is available but is limited. University aid may only be used for Trinity Summer Programs. Please contact the office of Student Financial Services for more information. During their undergraduate years, an individual student is eligible to receive one Participation Grant from the Center for International Engagement to enable participation in a “Beyond the Classroom” course or a Trinity Summer Abroad program. Grants will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need and may only be used for programs operated by Trinity University.

What if I want to study for a year?

Regardless of the cost established by the provider, your cost will be consistent with all students enrolled at Trinity. We encourage you to make your decision to study abroad based on your academic needs rather than financial considerations.

What if I can’t find a program that fits my academic needs on the approved list?

Students who determine that their academic needs cannot be adequately addressed by approved programs may file a special appeal to the Director for the Center of International Engagement. To be successful, an appeal requires support from the Study Abroad advisers, the academic adviser, and the chair of the academic major. A proposed substitute program must meet the basic standards set for program approval and is known to the Study Abroad Office.