1. What should I do before going abroad?
Carefully read and save ALL the emails and materials we and our partners provide you. Consider creating a special study abroad folder in your email account to file away important emails that you may need to retrieve later. 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! You can navigate the Baylor systems better than they can, and in many cases we are not at liberty to share information with them about your situation out of respect for federal privacy restrictions. 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. If after having reviewed your program materials and emails you still can't find the answers to your questions, don't hesitate to ask. While a student conduct record or current probation might not automatically disqualify you from studying abroad, we do refer to several offices across campus to create a full application file for each applicant. Please be mindful that it is up to the program director of each study abroad program to review all applicable information. Please contact your potential program director should you have questions about your individual case. If you are studying abroad, you must have a valid passport. It can take up to 6 months for a new passport. Please go HERE for more information on getting your passport.
2. What should I be doing while abroad?
Remember to send us your contact information via email, StudyAbroad@baylor.edu, as soon as you arrive at your host university. Please send your address, new cell phone number, and any other information that has changed from the information you put on your Study Abroad Application Packet. This step is VERY important - if you ADD or DROP a class while abroad, you MUST notify our office as soon as possible via email. If are adding a class and have not had the course approved, you will need to contact the department chair of the course to have the course approved. Also, if you drop a class, make sure that it does not put you below full-time student status. If you are studying abroad for a semester, you will be registering yourself for the term you will be returning to Baylor. This will be done as normal, according to your assigned registration time. You will need to contact your academic advisor to have all of your flags removed before you will be able to register. Make sure to send us links to your online blogs or photo albums to keep us up to date with what you have going on abroad. Our office loves to keep up with your travels and adventures. Also, keep your eyes peeled for good pictures you take abroad that you can submit for the Photo Contest!
3. What do I do once I am back on campus?
Transcripts: 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: Study Abroad Office Baylor University One Bear Place #97381 Waco, TX 76798 Stay in the know by following BearsAbroad on Instagram! Get your pictures ready for the Photo Contest!
1. Are there scholarships available?
Yes! Please see our "Scholarships" section of our website. Many of our affiliate programs may also have additional scholarship opportunities through the provider (i.e. CEA, CIEE, FIE, etc).
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/index.php?id=961843
2. Can I study abroad my final semester?
Students who participate in a study abroad not taught by Baylor faculty or in an exchange/affiliate program 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 very unlikely that official transcripts with final grades will reach Baylor in time for graduation certification. For more detailed information, the student should contact the appropriate degree plans office.
3. If I study abroad, will I graduate on time?
Research in the past twenty years has shown that most study abroad students have no problem fulfilling the requirements to graduate within four years. This may take planning and work, but most students get it done.
4. What deadlines should I pay attention to for study abroad?
Deadlines are important for study abroad! Deadlines exists for our BearsAbroad Application, deadlines for Scholarship Applications, deadlines with host universities/institutions, and possibly more! Therefore, we recommend you look closely at each of the program pages on BearsAbroad and stay in communication with your Baylor Study Abroad Advisor and any advisors you are in communication with at the host institution where you will study. Read ALL emails and always ask if you are unsure!
1. Does Baylor provide international health insurance?
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. Please see our Health and Safety page for additional information about our health insurance policy.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement2/index.php?id=962128
2. Where can I find additional safety information for various countries?
Please visit our Health and Safety page for information.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement2/index.php?id=962127
3. What if I have an emergency while abroad?
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 program manager to add you to their file; that way, we can email you in the event that there is a special alert during the program
1. What types of programs are offered?
Baylor offers two different type of programs: Group Study Abroad Programs: Students will travel with other Baylor students and a Baylor professor. Some or all courses are taught by the Baylor professors. Group programs can be one semester or one summer session in length. Exchange/Affiliate Programs: 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").
2. What if I study abroad on a non-Baylor program?
If you are planning on studying abroad on a program not offered by Baylor, please click on the link!
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/registrar/index.php?id=948449