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Studying abroad is often a life-altering experience for students: our students discover new passions, develop a broader perspective of the world, gain skills and experiences that can improve their employability, and make friendships that last a lifetime.  

We understand that the decision to send your student on a study program overseas may be a difficult one: there are safety and financial issues to consider, and there are many programs and different types of experiences to choose from.

We also understand that the decision to study abroad is often one involving many loved ones. Below are some links to additional resources that you may find useful in making an informed decision regarding this incredible opportunity. We encourage you to communicate with your student traveler about their ideas, goals, and expectations long before they set out on the journey. Your support and enthusiasm mean so much—at every step of their education. 


Competitive Nature of Study Abroad at SCU 

Study Abroad at SCU is competitive during the fall, winter, and spring terms,  meaning that not every eligible student will be nominated. The number of nominations varies from year to year and is dictated mainly by the university allocated program budget. In addition to SCU Study Abroad as a whole being competitive, SCU limits nominations to 30 students per program for all programs during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Due to this limit, individual programs that receive a high volume of applications will be internally competitive. Applications that meet basic program requirements are carefully evaluated by a review committee using a rubric that is widely available to students. Students should use the application resources provided by SCU Study Abroad to assist in developing a strong application.

Summer study abroad is not competitive, but students must meet program eligibility requirements to be nominated


Why Study Abroad

Studying abroad enriches students’ academic experience. They get to live in interesting places, have many opportunities to visit historically and culturally significant sites, examine artifacts they’ve only read about or seen on TV, and interact with local students and faculty. Many will become students at prestigious universities where they have to adjust and learn to thrive in an academic system that usually demands quite a bit of independence and initiative. It is common for returning students to tell us that they came home to SCU after their term abroad more focused, more excited about completing their degree program, and with a better idea of what they would like to do after graduation


Supporting Your Student

Study Abroad is a unique educational and cultural opportunity for all SCU students. We will try our best to help your student get a good start for a productive and enjoyable experience abroad, but your support and interest are equally important.  


Affording Studying Abroad

There are many opportunities to fund approved study abroad programs, including financial aid and scholarships. If your student receives financial aid, they can request an estimate for a financial aid package for a program. We also strongly encourage students to identify study abroad scholarships they are eligible for, such as program provider scholarships and the Gilman International Scholarship for Pell Grant recipients, among many other scholarships that we recommend.


Emergency Response Plan

When an emergency incident occurs abroad, SCU Study Abroad will immediately mobilize resources in coordination with the campus, local onsite staff, and faculty, as well as local authorities and emergency organizations. This defines the lines of communication, the scope of support required, the resources needed to assist students abroad, and any coordination with third-party organizations.

SCU immediately mobilize resources in coordination with campus staff, local onsite staff, and faculty, as well as local authorities and emergency organizations. This defines the lines of communication, the scope of support required, the resources needed to assist students abroad, and any coordination with third-party organizations.

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