Group Study Abroad Programs:
Students will travel with other Baylor students and a Baylor professor.
Some or all courses are taught by Baylor professors.
Group programs can be one semester or one summer session in length.
Students will travel to a host university independently (note that this does not necessarily mean that the student will be the only Baylor student attending the university for the desired period of time).
Courses are taught by the host university's faculty and in English unless noted on the program page.
Exchange/affiliate programs can be for a summer sessions, semester, or a full year.
Both types of programs are available in the summer and during the semester, some for a full year. It is possible and encouraged to study abroad more than once during a student's Baylor career and students may choose any program that interests them. Each program has a faculty member who oversees the program and will be able to answer any specific questions a student might have (this person being called the "program director").
The cost structure varies a bit by program and location. For example, an exchange program is often a straight-forward arrangement where tuition is still paid to Baylor, but you attend a different university by institutional agreement.
Affiliate programs involve tuition, but also a packaged fee that covers room and board and potentially excursions. These costs vary by location and duration.
Summer programs are usually 3 to 6 credit hours and the costs vary by location, credits, and the amount of travel. Each program has a brochure page and an overview of costs are found that outline what you will need to invest to participate in the course. Please visit the Bears Abroad website to find out more.
Yes! Students enrolled in a Baylor-approved study abroad program are considered to be attending Baylor University and are eligible for financial aid. We recommend speaking with your Financial Aid counselor for other specific scholarships, loans, etc. that could be applied towards your study abroad experience and to determine if it will be sufficient to cover the program costs. You can contact Financial Aid at baylor.edu/sfs/contactus.
You must have completed 30 credit hours on campus prior to study abroad. This is true whether you bring courses such as advanced placement or transfer credits with you. It is important to develop strong study habits at the collegiate level and to adjust to Baylor systems prior to tackling a new culture or coursework in another country. You can study abroad the summer after your freshman year, though, so come see us early.
1. Carefully read and save ALL the emails and materials we and our partners provide you.
2. Work directly with our office whenever possible, and resist recruiting or allowing your parents to take care of matters for you; after all, you are the one who is studying abroad, not your parents!
3. Practice pro-active information-seeking. Voice your concerns to program directors well in advance, instead of waiting for us to anticipate all your individual needs and questions.
4. If after having reviewed your program materials and emails you still can't find the answers to your questions, don't hesitate to ask.
5. If you are studying abroad, you must have a valid passport. It can take up to 6 months for a new passport. Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information on getting your passport.
Research in the past twenty years has shown that most study abroad students have no problem fulfilling the requirements to graduate within four years. However, this does take planning.Talk to a study abroad advisor today!
Yes! However, students who participate in a study abroad not taught by Baylor faculty their final semester at Baylor should not expect to graduate at the end of that term because differences in academic calendars between Baylor and foreign universities make it unlikely that official transcripts will reach Baylor in time for graduation certification.
For more detailed information, the student should discuss this with their study abroad advisor and contact the appropriate degree plans office.
It is YOUR responsibility to have your transcript from your host university mailed back to Baylor. Some universities will do this for you, but you still need to check with the transcript office to see if they automatically send it or if you need to fill out a transcript request form.
Mail all transcripts to: Center for Global Engagement - Baylor University One Bear Place #97381 Waco, TX 76798
In an effort to ensure that every student is prepared for their time abroad, we require that students be enrolled in our blanket international insurance policy and attend a mandatory meeting where we discuss health and safety issues before they leave the country. You can click HERE for more information regarding international insurance coverage and claim information.
Students are provided with emergency contact cards which include an emergency number which is monitored 24 hours a day so they can reach our staff at any time during or after office hours and on weekends. We also ask students to leave contact information and intended itineraries with our staff when they travel away from their program sites. This way, in the event of an emergency, our partners or directors know where and how to reach our students.
Students, parents/guardians, and study abroad advisors can expect announcements about safety and security from Baylor should conditions warrant such information. If you are a parent, please check with your student to find out if they listed you as an emergency contact on their application. If not, please ask them to contact their study abroad advisor to add you to their file; that way, we can email you in the event that there is a special alert during the program.
Please keep up to date on Baylor decisions related to health, safety, and the impact of the coronavirus on international travel and international programs by reviewing this page HERE
At present, international travel is suspended till October 1, 2020, per University policy.
We are pressing forward for Spring 2021 and will make final decisions mid to late October for the Spring term.
We are also pressing forward to run summer programs in 2021 and we will make any final decisions related to those programs after the first of the year.
All deposits are 100% refundable for students.
For any further questions, please set up a meeting with a study abroad advisor at the Center for Global Engagement.
Baylor is getting regular updates from colleagues at the US Department of State, the CDC, and peer institutions here and abroad in assessing and prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.
Center for Global Engagement
Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01 1428 S. 5th St. Waco, TX 76798