Study Abroad Programming
- Faculty-Led Programs
- Exchange Programs
- Service and Immersion Programs
- Third-Party Programs
- Internships, Research and Other Applied Experiences Abroad
- Academics & Credits
- Program Summary Table
- Program Terms and Conditions
- Disciplinary Statuses
- Student Code of Conduct
- Ability Considerations
There are several factors to consider when choosing an education abroad program. Program type and length of stay, available courses, a student’s academic/career goals, finances, language ability, and destination preferences are just some important factors for your student to keep in mind.
Your student can always speak with their academic and education abroad advisors to help them determine which program will be the best fit in accordance with these factors. These advisors are an integral member of the “team effort” it takes for students to be prepared to go abroad.
There are a variety of program types and lengths from which your student can choose. It’s important to understand the differences if your student needs help selecting the right kind of program for them. Click here and see below for more information on Program Types. The University of Dayton offers Summer Faculty-Led Programs, Exchange Programs, Service and Immersion Programs, and a special year-long program called SAIL (Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership). Students may also choose to go through a Third-Party program in order to study abroad. These options are defined below.
The majority of the information below is most relevant for undergraduate education abroad programs. If your student is a post-graduate seeking education abroad opportunities, they may contact us for more information.
Destinations and course subjects offered will vary year to year; click here to view a list of all of UD’s current program options. here to view a list of all of UD’s current program options.
Providers offer a variety of programs in a multitude of countries throughout the year. This flexibility makes using a Provider a popular choice for students who would like more options in terms of destinations. The Office of Education Abroad advisors are familiar with many Providers and can help your student navigate them in terms of needs, interests, cost and reputability. Some of the more popular Providers among UD students are Academic Programs International (API), International Studies Abroad (ISA), American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), CEA Study Abroad and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). “schedule an advising appointment” tab.
Many parents and students worry that studying abroad will delay their graduation. This should not be the case as long as the student checks with their Academic and Education Abroad Advisors ahead of time to map out a degree course and check which courses may be taken abroad for either UD credit or transfer credit.
- UD credit = credit that receives a letter grade and affects GPA.
- Transfer credit = pass/fail credit (i.e., if a student receives a “C-” or better in this course, it will appear on their transcript as “Pass” and a “K” grade and won’t affect their GPA).
- CAP Courses = These are the general education courses, called Common Academic Program courses, that every UD student must take in order to graduate. The more CAP courses a student has left to take, the more program options they may have to choose from because these tend to be more common and broad-topic courses that can be fulfilled at many host universities abroad. For this reason, the earlier a student decides to study abroad, the more options there will be available to him/her that won’t delay graduation. We recommend that students visit our office and attend our annual Education Abroad Fair (September) during their first year at UD. It is possible for a junior or senior to study abroad, but planning is still required ahead of time. Students should work closely with their advisors to determine how studying abroad may work for them.
|UD: Faculty-Led Programs||Travel with a cohort of students from UD
Led by UD faculty members, sometimes with assistance from staff and/or TAs
|Programs vary in length
Typically 3-6 weeks during the summer or 1-2 weeks over winter break
|Credit directly correlates to the UD course
Credit will calculate into GPA
Occasionally there is an exception where a course may be offered for transfer credit only
|Costs include UD tuition, a program fee, international airfare and personal spending money
Financial aid may apply
|UD: Exchange Programs||UD and a partner university exchange students for a semester or year (1-for-1)
Exchange options are limited to selected locations
|Programs are typically a semester long, but some are open for an entire academic year
Academic terms may be shorter or longer than an American student is used to
|Students are registered full-time and earn transfer credit, typically counting towards a student’s UD degree requirements
Courses are either taught in English, or in the host country’s language
Credit will not affect GPA
|UD tuition rate for that term or year
Additional costs include housing, travel & living expenses
Select programs include the cost of room/housing
Financial aid may apply
|UD: Service & Immersion||Coordinated through the Center for Social Concern, ETHOS or another UD department
Structure varies based on location
|1-2 weeks during winter break, 2 weeks in May or 4-10 weeks during the summer||Typically not credit-bearing
Sometimes there is a credit-bearing component to the program in the semester preceding or following the program abroad
|Costs include travel, room & board, other misc. expenses, and at times materials for volunteer work
Some programs are partially subsidized by the sponsoring department
|UD: SAIL||Student spends fall semester abroad, and then spring semester on-campus in special housing while undergoing an intercultural leadership program||1 semester abroad, followed by 1 semester on-campus in special housing while undergoing an intercultural leadership program||Students are registered full-time and earn transfer credit (UD credit awarded if attending the China Institute)||No-additional cost model: UD tuition, UD room & board for the fall
UD scholarships and federal financial aid applies
|Non-UD or Third-Party Programs||Any program organized by an outside company or university
Most aspects of the experience will be coordinated by the provider
|Any: summer, semester, year-long, winter||
Transfer credit with academic advisor’s approval
Credit will not affect GPA
|Costs will vary based on the program and the duration of the program
UD scholarships typically cannot be applied to program costs
Students that study abroad become ambassadors for the university and the country. For this reason, among others, UD reserves the right to deny participation in a study abroad program - or a recommendation to participate - to any student that is not in good disciplinary standing.
The Office of Education Abroad, in partnership with Office of Community Standards and Civility, has a process by which all students are screened for program eligibility on the basis of being in good disciplinary standing. Should a student not be in good disciplinary standing at the time of their application, or at any point leading up to a program’s departure date, they will be denied participation in the program. There is a formal appeals process in place for students that are affected by this and wish to remain a part of the program. Appeals are assessed on a case by case basis.
With regards to university-sponsored education abroad programs, the University is committed to creating as safe an environment as possible for all students, faculty, staff as well as partners and host communities abroad.
University of Dayton students are always held to the standards of behavior outlined in the Code of Conduct in the University of Dayton’s Student Handbook (pg. 31-39) both on and off campus, even while abroad. If a student is documented for a possible violation of the Code of Conduct while on an education abroad program, the situation will be addressed and reported as if the violation occurred on campus. Additional actions may include a written warning to the student, limitations on participation for certain program events, and an official report of the violation submitted to the Office of Community Standards and Civility, which will then handle any inquiries or investigations if it is deemed necessary. Previous disciplinary records at UD may be taken into account during any investigations. If the violation is severe enough, the student may be sent home early from the program without a refund.Office of Learning Resources (OLR), the UD Counseling Center and the UD Health Center prior to applying for a particular program. Other national resources include Mobility International and Diversity Abroad. Though attitudes about disabilities, accessibility and accommodations vary by country, the University of Dayton will make every reasonable effort to accommodate students with any chronic or temporary medical conditions or disabilities that seek to go abroad. It will also benefit the student to do research on the culture, law and resources available to them in a particular country. It is possible that one type of education abroad program or country destination may be more suitable for your student than others. The Office of Education Abroad and the offices listed above will help advise your student on their best options. Additionally, it is important to research the following questions about your host community/country:
- What are the attitudes and perceptions of individuals with your disability?
- How accessible are the services and resources you need to feel supported?
- What accommodations are possible so that you feel supported while abroad?
- How are these accommodations similar or different to the support you receive in the U.S.?