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Faculty Guide

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Faculty involvement with our international partner universities is a key element in the success of our study, research and work abroad programs.  The International Relations team has developed this guide to help you navigate the many options available for our students to participate in these amazing programs, as well as how to advise our incoming exchange students.  If you are interested in developing a partnership with a university abroad, the guidelines for consideration of such agreements are outlined as well.

Faculty Advising Guidelines:


Who is Eligible to Participate?

Students go abroad during the fall or spring semester of their junior year.  Students should apply by late January of their sophomore year.  Any student with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA may apply for our Study Abroad Program. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.


What is the Cost of the Program?

Tuition for the exchange program is paid to Clarkson. Fees for housing are paid to the exchange university or an area provider and are often comparable in price to Clarkson. Costs are strongly influenced by currency exchange rates.  Each student’s financial aid package remains the same during the study abroad exchange semester.


How Does It Work?


Students usually study abroad for one semester.  A full-year exchange can be arranged, depending on the number of places available at our partner universities and how readily course requirements can be fulfilled at the partner school. In some cases, students may arrange for a research project.  They may also pursue an internship abroad after completing one semester of study in another country.

What are the Steps for Students to Apply?

  • Begin academic planning with their advisor in the freshman year and meet with the Study Abroad Advisor in the International Center.

  • Attend the Study Abroad Fair and Study Abroad 101 sessions in the fall of their freshman and sophomore year.

  • Talk with students who have studied abroad and students who are here from our partner universities.

  • Research and select partner universities that match their academic background and interests in CU Global –

  • Attend Travel Tuesdays and information sessions, held throughout the fall semester, to learn more about our partner universities.

  • Before applying, meet with Christine Bailey, Study Abroad Advisor in the International Center, to discuss your partner university choices.

  • Complete and submit a Study Abroad/Semester Exchange Program application and all supporting materials through CU Global – by the January deadline.

  • Interview with the International Center staff in February.  Notifications of acceptance into the program will be sent to students by early March.

  • Once accepted, students complete the application process for the university where they will be studying.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the International Center team with any of your questions.