Program Features & Definitions

Program Types

SU Sponsored

Administered by Study Abroad Program Providers and/or academic institutions. Participants maintain enrollment and pay tuition and study abroad program fees directly to Seattle University (SU) . The Student retains all financial aid including institutional (SU) scholarships. Participants are enrolled at SU in an EAO Placeholder course during the program. Credits earned are considered “transfer credits” and do not count towards a student’s SU GPA.

SU Exchange

Administered by direct exchange universities. Participants maintain enrollment at and pay tuition and fees to SU. The Student retains all financial aid including institutional (SU) scholarships. Participants are enrolled at SU in an EAO Placeholder course during the program. Credits earned are considered “transfer credits” and do not count towards a student’s SU GPA.

Faculty-Led Long Term

Administered by Seattle University. Participants maintain enrollment and pay tuition and study abroad program fees directly to SU. The student retains all financial aid including institutional (SU) scholarships. Students receive SU grades at the end of the program which count towards their SU GPA.

Faculty-Led Short Term

A component to a regular course taught during an academic quarter. Student receive an “N” grade at the end of the quarter which is converted to a letter grade after the successful completion of all assignments and the international field study. Students are responsible for paying program fees to cover food, housing, etc., but tuition is typically included in the academic quarter payment. These courses often fulfill CORE and/or major requirements and/or electives.

Non-SU

Offered by other academic institutions/universities or study abroad program providers and are not vetted in any manner through SU. Students still need to attend an information session and meet with an EAO advisor. They also must complete all pre-departure paperwork and orientation. Participants are enrolled at SU in an EAO Placeholder course during the program.  State and Federal aid is portable, but SU scholarships do not apply. Participants pay fees directly to the program providers. Credits earned are considered “transfer credits” and do not count towards a student’s SU GPA.

 

Program Features

Study Center Programs

Program providers have centers in the study abroad location. Students typically live and take classes with other American students. Students take courses on a university campus and/or program center.  Students typically have access to computer rooms, classrooms, staff offices, and a small library. Faculty may be American or local. Many such programs combine customized and university courses with opportunities for field study and internships. Study center programs are suited for students who want extra support or may not know the language of the host country well enough to enroll directly in a local university.

Host University Programs

Students typically live and take classes at a local university with host university students, international students, and faculty and are considered to be an international student. They are expected to perform at the same academic level as local students, often in a more independent educational system. Some host university programs will offer courses in English.

Hybrid Programs

A combination of a study center and host university. Study Centers offer some courses designed specifically for American students along with others taught at the local university. Students are be issued two transcripts at the end of the program: one from the study abroad program provider and the other from the local university.

Language Intensive Programs

Programs that offer the equivalent of 5 or more quarter credits of language during a full study abroad semester of beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. On some programs, students are can take between 15 quarter credits (1 year) or 30 quarter credits (2 years) of language in the span of one semester abroad.

Faculty-Led

Faculty-Led programs are led by Seattle University faculty. Students are registered for a Seattle University course. Students will receive a letter grade for that course which counts towards their cumulative SU GPA.

Courses with Study Abroad Students

Most study abroad program courses are open only to study abroad students. These courses are typically taught in English, except for host country language courses. These courses allow students to have a familiar teaching method.

Courses with Local Students

Study abroad programs that offer courses with a local university allow students to immerse in an unfamiliar education system. Local universities in English-speaking countries will have more course options with local students and study abroad students can benefit from the challenge of a new educational system. Students studying abroad in non-English-speaking countries are able to utilize their language skills in the classroom if they take courses with local students and faculty.

Internship Opportunities

Programs combine coursework with internship placement for credit. Internships are unpaid. Internship placements vary depending on field focus.

Research Opportunities

Programs combine coursework with research for credit. Research opportunities are unpaid. Research placement will vary depending on research focus.

Field Study

This refers to programs which combine coursework with field study/field trips to take advantage of the location and are designed to be experience based. Ex. a public health program which places students in local communities to observe, research, and/or educate on health topics relevant to the specific community.

 

Housing

Apartment Housing

Living in an apartment allows for more independence. Students cook and clean for themselves. When selecting apartment housing, students should be mindful and respectful of the landlord’s guidelines and expectations. In some locations, third-party study abroad program providers or academic institutions will have a contact with landlords to rent out apartments to their students. Check with your program provider to learn more about this housing option, if available.

Homestay

Living with a family while studying abroad can be one of the highlights of an international experience. It is an opportunity to experience firsthand the daily life of the host country as well as develop a deep connection to the host family. Homestays are a great option for students who want to improve their language skills. Generally, one or more meals each day are taken with the family.

Residence Halls

Residence halls tend to be on or near campus. Residence halls may have a similar feel to US residence hall, giving students the opportunity to meet local students and/or other international students. Some residence halls are operated by outside entities. In some locations, there may be strict gender, alcohol, and curfew rules. Students should be mindful of the guidelines and expectations. Check with your program provider to learn more about this housing option, if available.

 

Definitions of Commonly Used Education Abroad Terms

Program Provider

Program provider/third-party provider refers to an organization (ie. CIEE, AIFS, CEA), which may not be an academic institution itself, but has developed programs that are offered to university students from many different schools across the US. A program provider/third-party provider can also be an academic institution that opens its education abroad programs to student from many different schools.

SU Course Approval Form

Study abroad courses must be preapproved by major/minor departments, University Core, and the Education Abroad Office prior to departure. Once the Course Approval Form is submitted to the Education Abroad Office, it is submitted to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Students will receive their original copy from the Registrar’s Office once it has been recorded. It is possible that some of the courses that were approved prior to departure may not be available once the student is abroad and registering for courses with the host institution. Therefore, it may be necessary for students to contact their Academic and Education Abroad Advisors from abroad in order to add additional courses to the Course Approval Form.

SU Travel Advisory Petition 

Seattle University has a policy that prohibits students, alumni, and/or guests from academic, research, service, immersion, or internship pursuits in countries under a US Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4, World Health Organization advisory, or Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control restriction. A petition process exists for those who wish to request an exception to this policy. Review Seattle University’s Travel Warning Policy for more information.