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Does participation in study abroad count toward Sewanee graduation?

Yes.  Our study abroad programs all give academic credit toward graduation.  Semester-long ones usually yield 15 or 16 semester hours of elective, major, or minor credit.  The European Studies program yields 18.  These programs are good matches then for the amount earned by most students in a Sewanee semester (that is, 16 semester hours).  Summer programs vary in length and generally have credit values of 4 to 8 semester hours.  Four hours is usually for about three weeks of participation and eight for roughly six weeks. 

How do I start the process of planning for study abroad?

Begin by registering for and attending one of the group study abroad meetings held at the beginning of each semester and announced via e-mail.  More information about the application process can be found here.

How do I choose the right program for me?

All students write their own learning objectives early in the application process so that your goals and objectives for study abroad are central to every conversation you have with your academic and study abroad advisor. Through reviewing these objectives, searching for programs in Via, and meeting with academic faculty and study abroad staff, you can be confident that you'll choose a program that's the right fit. 

When do most Sewanee students participate in study abroad?

Although there are exceptions, the vast majority of students participate in semester study abroad programs during their junior year. For summer programs, there is greater flexibility, and students can study abroad at any point of their Sewanee career. 

What if i want to participate in a program that is not on the program list?

The approved list has been carefully crafted and offers numerous opportunities for students, whatever their interest.  Students are strongly encouraged to choose from among those 200+ options. Given the number of choices and the fact that they have been intentionally vetted, it is unlikely that alternative options will be approved; however, you can appeal through the Office of Global Citizenship to attend an unapproved program. 

How expensive is study abroad?

Under the Sewanee Pledge, students pay the same amount they would generally for a semester of study at Sewanee, i.e. tuition, fees, room, and board, during their semester abroad. For more information, see Funding Study Abroad.  

how safe is it to study abroad?

Today, there is some inherent risk wherever one travels today; however, a study published by the Forum on Education Abroad has also shown that the risk of death to students is twice as high on college campuses in the U.S. than it is while studying abroad. Rather than shy away from studying away from Sewanee or ignore risk of being abroad, Sewanee’s approach is to assess and mitigate risk. We have carefully screened our approved program providers, and they have well-developed safety measures at their program sites. Below is a list of recommended practices students can do prior to and while abroad to further mitigate risks:

Below is a set of good practices students should observe prior to and while abroad:

  1. Check the international travel section of the U.S. Department of State's website for government-sponsored information regarding travel abroad, individual country profiles, travel alerts, travel warnings, and worldwide cautions.
  2. Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to provide the Department of State with information that can be used to better assist them in the case of an emergency.
  3. Avoid hanging out in crowded places and tourist areas where pickpockets may operate and that may be sites of attacks.
  4. Do not participate in political events as they may turn violent or anti-U.S.  Observe from a distance or in the news.
  5. Avoid dangerous and poorly lit areas, especially at night. When traveling at night, walk in pairs or small groups.
  6. Try to defuse altercations and avoid getting into heated arguments.
  7. Understand their rights and responsibilities under Title IX.
  8. Take any immediate actions necessary to protect their safety and/or welfare.
How does Sewanee prepare me for study abroad?

After you've been accepted on a study abroad program, Sewanee runs a required pre-departure orientation where office staff covers important health & safety information, travel tips, culture shock, special topics related to studying abroad, and geographic-specific sessions. We also offer a one credit pre-departure course during the last seven weeks of each spring and fall semester. GLBL 101 prepares students for study abroad experiences by introducing them to concepts of global citizenship, techniques for field investigation (borrowed mostly from anthropology), and, to a lesser degree, social processes of integration into a new host culture.  

What is the Sewanee Pledge?

Sewanee has taken a leading role in making a first-rate education more accessible, making scheduling and advising more personal, and making honor central to life on the Domain. Now, we have deepened our commitment by adding new guarantees for new students.

We pledge—to help Sewanee graduates secure good jobs and spots at top graduate programs by providing funding for a summer internship or research fellowship.

We pledge—to help Sewanee graduates find their place in an increasingly interconnected world by providing you with access to a semester-long study abroad program at no additional tuition cost.

We pledge—that you will graduate in four consecutive years (with one major). If you do not, Sewanee will provide up to one additional year of study tuition-free.

Of course, you will have to do your part, too. But if you meet Sewanee’s academic and social expectations, we pledge—we guarantee—to make these opportunities available to you.

More information on the Sewanee Pledge can be downloaded here

How does the Sewanee Pledge specifically apply to study abroad?

Sewanee charges students our own comprehensive fees (tuition, room, board, and fees) on semester study abroad programs. Students are responsible for certain additional costs:

  • Any additional program fees over Sewanee’s comprehensive tuition & fees.
  • Additional course fees or room fees
  • All non-program costs, including travel, visas, books, etc.

If the selected program does not have a full meal plan (or a housing plan), Sewanee will refund the uncovered portion on a pro rata basis.

To qualify to study abroad under the Sewanee Pledge:

  • Students must study abroad their junior year.*
    *If students wish to advocate to study abroad during their sophomore or senior years, they can appeal through the Office of Global Citizenship.
  • Students must have a 2.7 GPA+
    + If your GPA is 2.5-2.7, you can appeal through the Office of Global Citizenship
  • Students must choose an approved and authorized program
    Approved = Sewanee-approved
    Authorized = Authorized by a study abroad advisor