Global Studies FAQ

What short-term programs do you offer?

St. Joseph’s College offers a variety of short-term programs. Our programs range from one week to one month.

Do you offer any long-term programs?

SJC currently doesn’t offer any long-term or semester-long study abroad programs. However, the Office of Global Studies can provide a list of institutions that offer programs that meet your needs. If you are interested in studying abroad for a semester, send us an e-mail indicating the country, city, semester and major area that you would like to study.

How do I apply for study abroad programs?

Any student who would like to apply for a study abroad program must complete an application. You can pick up an application at our office in Room N304A in O’Connor Hall at the Long Island Campus. All completed applications must be returned to the Office of Global Studies on your campus.

Am I eligible?

Many programs are open to all students. Other programs may only be open to students enrolled in a certain course. All participants must also be in good academic standing with the institution. Certain programs are open to people outside of SJC at no additional cost. Please check your program brochure to see the requirements.

What are the benefits of studying abroad?

Click here to see our benefits of studying abroad.

How can I pay for my study abroad experience?

Financial aid and scholarships may be available for some programs. For more information, pick up a copy of our Paying for Study Abroad brochure to learn more or click here. If you still have questions, contact the Office of Global Studies.

Do I need a visa?

No, visas are not required on most SJC programs. If a visa is required for a program, students will be notified in the program brochure and again upon registration.

Do I need a passport?

Yes, a valid passport is mandatory to leave and return to the United States. Please check your passport date carefully. Some countries do not accept passports that expire three-to-six months after your arrival or departure date.

Will I be safe?

The Office of Global Studies takes every possible precaution in regard to participant safety. The office monitors U.S. State Department warnings, general recommendations and advisories.

Can I contact a global studies representative while overseas?

Yes, an SJC representative can be reached while overseas. Participants are given an emergency contact information form. We recommend that participants make two copies of this form, one to bring overseas and one to leave at home.

Do I need health insurance?

Yes, all participants must provide proof of medical insurance when registering. Many travel insurance plans can include a health component. These plans can be purchased for the duration of your program at reasonable rates. Plans can be purchased through Access America and the Student Travel Association.

Do I need travel insurance?

St. Joseph’s College strongly recommends that all students purchase travel insurance prior to going overseas. This insurance can be extremely valuable in the event of illness or emergency.

How will I find out about important meeting dates and program information?

All program information will be e-mailed to program participants. Orientation and pre-departure meeting dates will be e-mailed as well. Students are expected to check their e-mail regularly and inform the Office of Global Studies if their e-mail changes. For a list of pre-departure do’s and don’ts, please see our Checklist For Students Studying Abroad.

How can I obtain overseas currency?  Will my credit card work?

Money can be converted in a few different ways. First, you can visit your bank and see if they can order you the correct currency for your program. Second, you can exchange your money at a local airport. Third, you can use ATM cards if your PIN number does not have letters. Finally, many credit cards are accepted overseas. Some companies will charge you a percentage and a currency adjustment fee. Always call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you will be using your cards overseas. If you do not do this, your card activity may be viewed as suspicious and your account may be blocked. Your card will not longer work if this happens.

What are the accommodations overseas?

A majority or SJC program participants are housed in hotels during the duration of their program. Host families are used generally in our language study programs.

How many bags can I bring?

All SJC programs allow for one checked bag and one carry on bag. Weight and sizes may vary.

How will I stay in touch with my family?

You have a few options you can use to remain in touch with your family. You will generally find many Internet cafes overseas. You could also buy an international calling card. We recommend that you buy these once you reach your destination. The final option is to get a global cell phone. Contact your cell phone provider for prices and fees.

Do I have to go to all the places listed in the brochure?

Yes. All students are expected to be punctual and participate in all aspects of the program. Students that do not participate or prove to be are subject to academic discipline upon return.

What is the appropriate overseas conduct?

All participants are required to sign a behavior contract at the time of registration. All students are held to the same rules and regulations accepted by St. Joseph’s College. Any behavior that is viewed as detrimental to the health or safety of the program’s members or any behavior that might impact the program’s academic nature will not be tolerated. A copy of our behavior contract can be found by clicking here.

If I am unable to go, can I get a refund of my deposit?

All deposits are non-refundable. Participants must provide proof of a family emergency or illness. Cancellations, without proper documentation, may result in fees and penalties.

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