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  • Yes, financial aid can potentially be applied as long as the student is studying with a partner university or through an approved third-party provider. Please know that financial aid is not available for students planning to study away during the Winter or Summer terms. However, scholarships are available.

    • Personal expenses
    • Airfare
    • Books and supplies
    • Local transportation
    • Visa fees
  • As long as the student is studying with a partner university or through an approved third-party provider, credits will transfer back to Eastern if the grade earned is a C- or higher. During the paperwork process, students complete forms to request that credits at the host university will transfer. The credits are approved or denied per the department chair. Students are notified before leaving as to what credits will transfer back to Eastern and how.

    Students participating in a Global Field Course will automatically receive Eastern credit for their course.

  • Students participating in a Global Field Course are guaranteed to be with other Eastern students. As for National Student Exchange or Study Abroad programs, Eastern students who study away at the same location, during the same term, through the same program will be together.

  • This varies based on the study away program.

  • Parents can join meetings with our staff via Microsoft Teams. The student must also be present.

  • Please schedule a meeting with our Study Abroad staff. Once we have an understanding of where you might want to study away, we can try to connect you with a student who has previously studied away.

  • For individual study abroad trips (studying through a partner university or third-party provider), students are required to attend a mandatory orientation that the Office of Global Learning hosts. This orientation equips students with information necessary for a safe trip. Topics covered include documentation, packing, safety, money, cellphones, culture shock, emergencies, and STEP. 

    Here are some additional resources that can be useful to look over before your trip abroad:

    Preparing for a Study Abroad Trip

    Traveler Demographics to Consider

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    General Information on Heath Abroad

    Overseas Security Advisory Council

    How to Prepare for a Crisis Abroad

    To Report Lost/Stolen Passports

    FAQ's About Lost/Stolen Passports

     

     

  • Pieces of advice from students who have previously studied abroad...

    Preparation:

    1. Research your host country before you go! This includes weather (for all seasons you'll be there), tipping customs, social expectations, political and religious beliefs, attitudes towards Americans, transportation most used, etc.. The more you research, the more you'll be prepared.
    2. After doing research, purchase items you may need. If you're going to be in crowds and in tourist areas, you may want to purchase slash-proof bags or locks for zippers to keep your belongings safe. If you're going to be in living in a location where walking is favored, purchasing comfortable walking shoes is a must. If you're going to be living somewhere with consistent rain showers, have a raincoat and umbrella ready. 
    3. Contact your banks before you leave. Let them know where you'll be abroad and for how long. This is important so they don't shut down your cards for "suspicious activity" while abroad.
    4. Contact your cellphone provider. Inquire about SIM cards and international phone plans. 
    5. Create a list of activities/sights/places you want to visit while abroad. Try to plan ahead of time when you may complete the items on your list. Time goes by quickly while you're there!
    6. Purchase AirTags for your luggages. This is important in case your luggage is lost in transport. Though it may take a few days to get your luggage, at least you'll know the location of it and can contact the correct airport. 

     

    Time Abroad:

    1. The best way to acclimate to your host country is to get involved. Meet new people, participate in group activities, and be willing to get out of your comfort zone.
    2. Balance your time between being a "tourist" and being a "local." Remember: you can be a tourist anywhere at any point in your life, but to immerse yourself into another culture for an extended period of time is an opportunity that you shouldn't take for granted! This isn't to say that you shouldn't explore and see famous landmarks and attractions, but don't forget that you may not have the chance to live a daily life in another country again, so be sure to be a local, too.
    3. As you see or hear about activities/restaurants/places that you want to experience, write them down so they can be added to your list. As soon as you have the opportunity to check it off your list, do it! Saying "I'll do that later" is easy,  but your time abroad will fly. Once you realize how quickly your time abroad is coming to an end, you may not have the ability to experience everything you initially wanted to. Prioritize your list!
    4. If you love a restaurant, be open to going to it often. Being a regular at local shops, bakeries, and restaurants abroad can be a lot of fun!
    5. If your budget allows, purchasing gifts for family and friends can be a fun task! Shopping for birthdays, holidays, or "just-because" presents gets you out and about with a purpose.
    6. Journal as much as you can. Keeping a log of what you do will be great for when you want to look back on your daily experiences. Taking plenty of pictures and videos is a must, too!
    7. Stay healthy! Drink plenty of water, eat properly, and have a regular sleep schedule to avoid becoming fatigued. Though being abroad is very exciting, it can be overwhelming at times. Taking time and space to recharge is important so you can continue your adventures at your fullest.

     

    Returning Home:

    1. Pack anything you're worried about breaking or losing in transport into your carry on! If you have items such as pottery, it may be best to ship these home to reduce the risk of it breaking. Though shipping is expensive, it is better than no longer having the item as a forever keepsake.
    2. Try your best to adjust to the time zone as soon as you can. This means avoiding naps during the day!
    3. Reverse culture shock is something to be prepared for. Be patient with yourself as you readjust to your home country and give yourself the time to recharge from an adventure-packed time abroad. Learn more about reverse culture shock here.