Study Abroad FAQs

Why study abroad?

The reasons for studying abroad are as varied as the students who choose this academic adventure. Whether through Assumption’s Rome Campus, semester study abroad, short-term or cocurricular travel, experiencing a different culture first hand not only enriches students’ undergraduate years, it can transform their entire lives.

  • See the world from a fresh, new perspective
  • Gain a deeper richer understanding of your own cultural identity
  • Become true citizens of the world

Is study abroad required?

Students majoring in foreign language, global studies, or international business are encouraged to study abroad (though not required).

Who can participate?

Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application, be in good judicial standing, and be mature and resourceful enough to adapt to a foreign environment.

Students with a stellar GPA might consider going to Oxford or Cambridge University for a semester, or a year. Please note: deadlines are early for Oxford and Cambridge.

Do I need to know another language to study abroad?

A student does not have to be proficient in the language of the country in which s/he wishes to study. Some programs permit a student to begin language study; other programs offer language immersion for those students who are familiar with the language.

Is it expensive to study abroad?

That depends. Studying abroad can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you make it. However, Assumption College is so committed to supporting study abroad that we apply your financial aid to your study abroad.

Overall, factors to consider are program type, your status as an in-state or out-of-state student and the cost of living in the place where you will study. The single biggest factor is usually how much independent travel you do on weekends and breaks.

How do I pay for my semester or year abroad?

When you study abroad, you pay tuition and other fees directly to your study abroad program. However, your financial affairs must be in good standing at the Finance Office.

You will be charged a $1,000 Study Abroad Fee for each semester you are abroad, as well as the $100.00 Technology fee. Beyond that, Assumption College allows you to apply all federal, state, personal and Assumption College scholarships to the study abroad semester, with the exceptions of Tuition Exchange and Work/Study, which do NOT apply to study abroad. Students with Tuition Remission are eligible for one semester’s study abroad experience, with remission in effect.

Once you have determined on a program and know its price, consult with the Office of Financial Aid. Some programs require half, or even full payment immediately after acceptance, but Financial Aid funds are not dispersed until the beginning of the semester (September and January). The means some students may be responsible for payment prior to financial aid being dispersed.

Am I billed by Assumption College?

Yes, you will receive a bill from Assumption College for a study abroad fee of $1,000 and the $100 technology fee, or you will see that amount deducted from the funds disbursed to you.

Which Financial Aid can be used while studying abroad?

Your eligibility for financial aid will be determined by the financial aid office. It is recommended that you contact your financial aid advisor to determine what grants, scholarships, and loans are available. Please note that Tuition Exchange and Federal Work Study are not transferable for the study abroad program. Tuition Remission will be granted for one semester only.

Will my classes transfer back to Assumption?

Yes. Credits are approved as elective, major, minor or General Education credit. However, you should begin working with the appropriate Department Chairperson well in advance of going abroad and must secure course approvals to make this go smoothly.

I have heard that 50% of my course work must be taken at Assumption and that there is a limit of 4 off-campus courses allowed to earn an Assumption degree. How does this affect study abroad?

Study abroad is considered a special program and therefore courses taken abroad will not be considered “off-campus” courses.

If I study abroad will I still graduate on time?

You should. We work hard to make sure that taking part in one of our programs will not delay your graduation. With reasonable planning, any Assumption student can have a great international experience and still graduate on time.

Where have Assumption students gone?

Assumption College students are globetrotters. They’ve gone to 16 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa. Some of the most frequently visited sites include:

  • Tokyo
  • Sydney or Melbourne
  • Madrid or Barcelona
  • Rome or Florence
  • London
  • Paris
  • Dublin
  • Costa Rica
  • The Semester at Sea program, which includes stops in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Egypt, Turkey and Croatia

Where will I live?

Housing options vary by program. Typically students choose between dormitories, shared apartments or home stays with local families.

Can I work while I am abroad?

This depends on the flexibility of your visa. Check with the consulate of your host country to be sure.