Study abroad and off-campus programs
The application period for 2018-2019 programs has closed, however, several programs remain available for late applications on a first-come, first-enrolled basis. These programs are marked below with an asterisk*.
Passport Grants: Apply by Oct 26
The Passport Grant is a need-based grant available to students who will be applying for an Augustana semester, J-term or summer program for summer 2019 or the 2019-2020 academic year.
This grant can be used in conjunction with Augie Choice or independently. Grants are structured as a reduction of the cost of an Augustana program, so they can only be used on those programs where students pay Augustana College, which includes all J-terms and semester options as well as the Ecuador and Dijon summer programs.
Apply by Oct. 26 and find out if you have the grant before the deadline to apply for semester or J-term programs.
Students are away from campus for up to 16 weeks during fall or spring. Semester programs can come in many shapes and forms, including student exchanges, university enrollment abroad, full-time internships, or sponsored study abroad programs through a private educational organization.
Students on a semester program typically enroll in 4-6 courses, equivalent to 12-18 credits. Some programs pair 1-2 courses with a full-time internship, allowing you to earn up to 12 credits of internship. It is recommended that students who enroll in a semester-length program take no more than 2 courses in their major field of study and utilize the remaining credits to complete General Education or graduation requirements or to focus coursework on the local culture, history and society.
Many spring semester programs may also incorporate Augustana’s J-Term as they often begin in January. If desired a student can also apply for both a fall and spring to complete a full academic year abroad program.
J-term programs have Augustana faculty lead a group of 10-30 students on 1-3 weeks of travel. Some programs contain all the required coursework in the designated January J-Term period, others pair a January course with a fall semester on-campus course, and a few are not in January at all, combining on-campus coursework in spring semester with a 2-3 week travel program in June.
Each J-Term program will typically offer between 4-6 credits, with a single course or department designation, so J-Term courses will be more focused and field-specific than summer or semester study away.
Whether sponsored by Augustana (Ecuador, Dijon) or external programs with transferable credit, summer programs are an option for students who seek an immersive experience but who do not believe a semester abroad is a good fit in their academic program.
A typical summer program will provide between 4-8 credits. Most summer programs will be treated as transfer credit and will not include Augustana tuition charges, though students will need to register their program with Augustana’s International Programs Office in order to earn transfer credit or Augie Choice funding.
Choosing the right program for you
Consider your intentions - Before focusing on a particular destination, consider your intentions. Do you want to be introduced to a culture? Are you seeking work experience? Maybe language fluency? Study in a particular field? A university experience? Do you prefer to travel with a group, or would you be comfortable if it turned out you were the only Augustana student on a program? Your goals for study away can be even more important in the decision process than the location of a program because what you choose to do while abroad is as important as where you choose to go.
Discuss financial ability - Discuss finances with your family. Even though they are the longest of the three program types, semester programs are often the least expensive, due to the availability of financial aid and the structure where you replace on-campus costs with the study away charges. J-Term and Summer programs are considered additional study beyond the 2 semesters and include additional costs above and beyond the charges for a year of study at Augustana.
Meet with academic advisors - Meet with your academic advisors to discuss your goals, scheduling of classes, and the best times for you to participate in study away. If you are a double major, you will want to check in with both academic departments to ensure that your study away choice does not hinder your ability to graduate on schedule. While J-Term and Summer courses do not pose the same scheduling challenges as semesters, all three options should be considered, depending on your goals for study away.
Understand you needs and limitations - Be realistic about limitations. If you have a significant physical or mental health challenge which impacts your life on campus, the impact is almost certain to be greater while abroad. Consider your needs, the program structures, and any special accommodations you might need to ensure your health as you consider both the location and the length of your study away program.