Costs1. How much does it cost to study abroad?
Most Baylor GROUP PROGRAMS have one set cost that includes tuition, room and board, and travel expenses. The rates for these trips vary according to destination and length. Please contact the program director for current costs. The cost of an EXCHANGE/AFFILIATE PROGRAM varies greatly according to the destination. Most often, students will pay Baylor tuition for courses taken abroad and settle room & board costs with the exchange/affiliate school. In several cases, the cost of living at the host university will be less that living in Waco. Please consult the program director for more information.
2. Is airfare included in the cost of the program?
Airfare is not included in any of the exchange/affiliate programs. Students make their own travel arrangements. Some group study abroad programs do include airfare when students travel as a group.
Course Information and Registration1. Do I need to know a foreign language?
No, there are many Baylor programs offered where all courses are taught in English. If the courses at the host university are taught in another language, the program page will denote the teaching language.
2. How many classes can I take?
Students participating in a summer program will take from 3-8 hours of Baylor credit. Semester programs will offer 12-18 credit hours.
3. Do I register for classes at Baylor or at the exchange/affiliate school?
Yes, you need to register both at Baylor and at the exchange/affiliate school. You can register at Baylor by submitting a Course Equivalency Form to the Study Abroad office before the study abroad application deadline. The Study Abroad office will in turn register you for IE (International Exchange) credits at Baylor. PLEASE NOTE - This process replaces the regular Baylor registration process. If you have already registered for courses on campus then you need to drop them. You must also register at the exchange/affiliate university by submitting an application and following the necessary procedures according to the host university's requirements. Look at our Program Guides online for more information. For group programs, you will only need to register with the program director.
Financial Aid1. Do my Baylor scholarships and financial aid apply to my study abroad trip?
If you are participating in an official Baylor group or exchange/affiliate program, all financial aid, loans, and grants will apply to your acccount as if you were on campus. However, some scholarships are awarded during the academic year only and are not applicable to summer study abroad programs. To check the eligibility of your financial aid package, please consult with the Financial Aid office (254.710.2611).
2. Are scholarships available for the Baylor study abroad programs?
The Glennis McCrary Goodrich International Scholarship was established to provide awards to Baylor students participating in official Baylor study abroad programs. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at Baylor and a US citizen. Recipients will be selected competitively, based on financial need, academic merit, and other considerations related to the applicant and the nature of the study abroad program. For more information, go to our Financial Aid and Scholarships page.
General1. Why should I study abroad?
Please click here to download our Study Abroad PowerPoint.
2. When do most students study abroad?
Students are eligible to study abroad the summer after their freshman year. The majority of students participating in a semester program are sophomores or juniors. Seniors may also participate, but sometimes find it more difficult to find multiple courses abroad in their major. All students are encouraged to investigate course options early for their program of choice.
3. Can graduating seniors study abroad during their final semester at Baylor?
Even if you are a graduating senior, you can still study abroad. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT GRADUATION DATES MAY BE DELAYED. All course work, transcripts, course equivalencies, and degree requirements must be in place in a timely manner before you are allowed to walk (Check with the Degree Plan office for more information).
4. I want to study abroad, where do I begin?
Follow the steps on the drop-down menu under "Students" on the Study Abroad Main Page.
5. Can I graduate on time if I study abroad?
Studying abroad should not delay your graduation if you plan aheead for your study abroad program. Most students are able to find plenty of course options to fit within their current degree plan.
6. I want to study abroad on a non-Baylor affiliated program. Is that allowed?
Yes, but you must remember that hours earned will be considered transfer credit. It is advised that students who decide to go on non-Baylor programs to consult the following site that goes over transfer policies and procedures: http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=54990. It should also be mentioned that you may not have access to your current financial aid if participating in a non-Baylor program. Please consult with a financial aid advisor to get specific information about transfer credit cost assistance.
Health Insurance1. Do I need medical insurance?
All students participating in a Baylor study abroad program must be covered by Study Abroad health insurance. Students who are signed up to participate in study abroad will be notified of this during the application process. Comfirmation of health insurance must be submitted six weeks before departure. Please note that Baylor University requires students that travel abroad to purchase AHP Health Insurance although some programs will have the insurance cost included in the program. If you are required to purchase individual AHP health insurance because it is not included in the program cost, you will be notified by your program director.
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