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Future Study Abroad Student FAQ's


Will I still receive my financial aid?

This depends on the type of program in which you choose to participate. Creighton offers many different types of study abroad programs so that you may choose the option that is most affordable to you and your family. On some programs, both your institutional aid and federal financial will apply, while on other programs only your federal financial aid will apply. If you are interested in a program for which your institutional aid does not apply, it is important to keep in mind that some of these programs may have lower baseline prices, so losing your institutional aid may not necessarily translate to paying a higher price to study abroad.

Additional information about financial aid portability for study abroad.


Will I still be able to graduate on time?


If you start the planning process early, studying abroad will not necessarily delay your graduation. It is very important to begin discussing your study abroad plans with your academic advisor as soon as possible. We encourage you to attend a Study Abroad 101 session during your first semester on campus, even if you are not sure when you would like to go abroad.
You should contact the Study Abroad Coordinator at least 6-12 months before you plan to be gone. This ensures that you complete all necessary steps and receive credit for your coursework abroad. All Creighton students seeking credit towards their Creighton degree for coursework completed abroad, must obtain approval from the Office of International Program s (OIP) by submitting a Proposal to Study Abroad or Encuentro Dominicano Application.
For most programs, you will complete a Study Abroad Course Approval Form before applying to your study abroad program. This form will let you know how each course overseas will transfer back to Creighton.


What if I am interested in a program that is not listed on the "Program List?"


The Study Abroad Coordinator will assist you in finding an appropriate program through another university or organization. The "study abroad program search engines" listed below are a good starting point for researching your options. Remember, if you want to receive credit for coursework overseas you must obtain advance approval from the Office of International Programs. Because study abroad programs vary in quality, you should consult with the Study Abroad Coordinator before settling on a particular program.
www.GoAbroad.com
www.IIEPassport.org 


Will I have to withdraw from Creighton to study abroad?


No. As long as you follow the study abroad process in place at Creighton and receive study abroad approval from the Office of International Programs, you will maintain your status as a Creighton student while abroad. However, students who choose to study abroad without approval from the Office of International Programs will not retain their status as Creighton students and would not be eligible to receive credit for any courses taken overseas.


How long can I be gone?

Students can choose to study abroad for a summer (3-8 weeks), semester, or full academic year. Careful planning, along with assistance from the Study Abroad Coordinator and your Academic Advisor you will be able to determine the program length that will be the best fit for you.


What is the most popular time that Creighton students choose to study abroad?

Because Creighton students are encouraged to choose a program that best fits with their individual academic plan, "when" a student chooses to go abroad really varies. Students must complete two semesters on the Creighton campus before departing, so the earliest time you could go abroad would be the summer after your Freshman year. Many Creighton students choose to study abroad during the Spring semester of their Sophomore or Junior year and others choose to study abroad during the summer, fall semester, or even the entire academic year!


Do I have to speak the language?

No, although if you choose to study abroad in a country where English is not the official language, we encourage you to take a beginner's class prior to your departure so that you know some basics! Of course, you can also choose to study in an English-Speaking country. Remember,  there are many programs offered in countries where English is not the first language, but where courses are taught in English! For example, you could choose to study at Sophia University in Japan, Sogang University in Korea, or Denmark's International Study Program!


How many Creighton students typcially study abroad and what are the most popular locations?

Each academic year approximately 250 Creighton students choose to particpate on study abroad programs around the globe. The most popular study abroad destinations for Creighton students are typcially the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Italy and Spain. However, there are many students who choose "non-traditional" study abroad locations each semester, such as: Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco.


Where have past Creighton students studied?

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England (UK), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Scotland (UK), Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda.