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Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question?  Please look over the following FAQs to learn more about studying abroad.  As always, please reach out to us if you have a question that is not answered below.
NOW! Students should complete the 25 min. online First Steps Presentation before meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor. The FSP will cover many topics and get you ready to study abroad. Students should plan to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor early on to discuss programs, courses, aid, scholarships, and much more.
This is a question the Study Abroad Office receives often by parents and students. The locations approved for our students are more-or-less the same as in any big city. As you know, no location is 100% safe, but the Study Abroad Office and the Office of Risk Management monitor programs and locations abroad constantly to make sure students are not in danger. We also monitor the updates posted daily by the U.S. State Dept., CDC and OSAC. The safety of our students is our top priority!  Students are required to complete a Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations covering health, safety, logistics, and academic topics just to name a few.
Students have the option to study on a Trinity Study Abroad program during the Summer term or Fall semester on the Trinity in Spain program. There are also Spring and Fall courses during the regular semester at Trinity which have a short-term travel component (less than two weeks). These courses are called Beyond the Classroom (BtC). Trinity Study Abroad Programs may also be referred to Faculty-Led since most faculty lead these programs.

Program Providers are universities (Syracuse, Boston University, etc.) or non-profit study abroad providers such as IES Abroad, CIEE or SFS which have academic study abroad programs in many parts of the world.  In both cases, students can earn credit and have an amazing study abroad experience.  
Students have many options available. Here are just a few experiences abroad by Trinity students in the past few years: Interning, volunteering, service learning, language programs, field schools, direct enrollment at a local institution, multi country programs and much more.
Yes, Trinity has deadlines and so do program providers. Please make sure you meet all posted deadlines.
  • Students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to study abroad.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 is required for semester study with a program provider. Every program has different GPA requirements so, please keep that in mind.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required for participation on a Trinity Study Abroad Program.
  • Students from any major are eligible to study abroad.
The location of your study abroad program will be decided by you in regards to your academic, professional and personal goals and interests. Trinity approves and offers 150+ different programs in over 40 countries so there is something for everyone.
Does Trinity Study Abroad have approved programs or can I go anywhere I want? Yes, Trinity has an approved programs list, which is 150+ programs for students to select from. Given that we have 150+ of the top programs available, it is unlikely that students will be approved for a program not on our list. However, we are not heartless and want to make study abroad possible for all students, so please consult the Assistant Director for Study Abroad to see if a non-approved program would be considered.
Students can study abroad during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. When considering which study abroad term is best for you, it may depend on your major and the courses available at both Trinity and abroad. Timing for a semester abroad is determined primarily by what you need to graduate on time. For semester study, most students study abroad during their sophomore or junior year. Summer study may be pursued at any time.
Semester: Trinity Study Abroad has a Home School Tuition policy so the costs for a semester abroad are generally comparable to a semester at Trinity. Of course, there are always variables that should be considered, such as the cost of personal travel or personal items that will be somewhat different depending on where you study. Please visit us online for more information on program costs.
Summer: The costs of Summer will vary depending on if you study on a Trinity Study Abroad Program or if you study with a Program Provider. Please visit us online for more information on program costs.
Yes! Federal aid, state aid, Trinity institutional aid, VA benefits, loans, grants and other forms of aid may be used for eligible students to study abroad. There are restrictions, so students should consult Student Financial Services regarding financial aid. You can also click here for funding opportunities for study abroad offered by the CIE.
Students who study abroad during the semester will have their meals provided. If no meals are provided by the program provider, then Trinity Study Abroad will issue a meal stipend to cover the costs of meals. In some cases, programs will only offer half the meals, in which case Trinity will issue a half stipend. The Study Abroad Office has more details on the meal stipend process for students online when a student applies to a program.
Students may have multiple housing options available. Housing options may include: homestays, apartments, dormortiries, residence halls, living & learning communities, field stations, tent camping & yurts! Students will most likely reside in a double room. Single room accommodations may be available, but will be at the student’s expense.
All beds/rooms on campus are needed to house students. If you leave, your roommate will have another student assigned while you are away. In many cases, roommates decide to study abroad at the same time to keep housing simple. The Residential Life Office is more than willing to help accommodate students who study abroad.
Yes! There are many study abroad opportunities in English, even in countries where English is not the primary language. Although one of your goals may be to learn or improve a language skill, advanced language study is not a prerequisite for all countries. If interested, you may be able to take beginning courses in the local language(s) depending on the site and the program you choose.
Courses taken abroad can range from everything from Anthropology to Zoology. Luckily, Trinity Departments are supportive of Study Abroad and tend to be flexible. Students can take courses for their major(s), minor(s), Pathways or for general elective hours needed to graduate.
Students studying abroad for a semester can earn credit for their major(s), minor(s), Pathways, degree requirements and for elective credit hours. To earn at least general elective credit for courses taken abroad, the following conditions must be met:
  • You must earn at least a C- or better in the course.
  • You cannot take a course you have already taken.
  • Courses must be appropriate to a Trinity degree. In other words, it must be a course that could possibly be taught here at Trinity. For example, “German Art from 1911 to 1912” which is not offered at Trinity, but we have an Art Department that could possibly teach it. Whereas a course on “Tourism of Ireland” would not work, since we do not have a Tourism Department. Courses do not need to match, but must be possible. We have an Art Department so any Art course abroad is possible and the same goes for other Departments.
  • All courses and grades will appear on your Trinity Transcript, but will not be factored into your GPA.
  • Courses taken abroad cannot be for Pass/Fail.
The experience of studying abroad has countless benefits. A few include improved language skills, intercultural competence, and global connections. Many students also report having new career interests after their experience abroad. Experiences such as international internships or research also give a competitive edge when applying to future jobs--you’ll stand out when you talk about your research in Geopolitics in Jordan or your Marketing internship in London!
Yes! Many programs offer internships and volunteer opportunities which are attached to a course. Students can earn up to 6 credits in an internship course.
There are many opportunities to study, work, volunteer, or intern abroad. Since you would no longer be a Trinity student if you participate in these programs post graduation, you will need to work directly with the program. A Trinity Study Abroad Advisor and help give you suggestions on where to start.