Off Campus Study

Exchange Programs


Wouldn't it be fantastic to spend a semester in England? France? Japan? Argentina? or even "Down Under?"

The opportunities are endless and the experiences unique. Nothing will enhance your Liberal Arts degree more than international studies.

You can keep your financial aid regardless of your major by enrolling through our exchange programs: Westminster at London, Yonsei University in Korea, Irish/American Scholar Program (Northern Ireland), and ISEP.

Consider spending a semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. View their website.

Each year two students may be nominated to the Irish/American Scholar Program for a semester of study at the University of Ulster or Queens University in Ireland. More information about these universities can be found at the websites for Queens and Ulster.

Our new exchange program (ISEP) allows you to study at one of over one-hundred universities around the world. View the many universities provided by ISEP.

 

Affiliated Programs


In addition to our exchange programs, opportunities for academically challenging and culturally thorough study abroad experiences are also offered through our affiliation with ISA (International Studies Abroad) and CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad). View the ISA and CEA websites.

For inexpensive student flights and travel arrangements, please see the following websites:
Student Universe
STA Travel

The Department of State offers "Tips to Students" who plan to study abroad at www.travel.state.gov/studentinfo.html

If you're not interested in overseas studies but are intrigued by politics and government, ask about our Washington Semester Program with American University. This program also has options for brief 3-4 week travel abroad.

Please search the "Net" for lots of ideas and locations at:
StudyAbroad.com
IIEPassport

Stop in to see Dr. Jeff Bersett, Director of Off-Campus Study, in the Off-Campus Study Office (Thompson Clark 412/413) to discuss your interests. You may also review (and take) materials available on the book shelves in Thompson Clark 413. Read on for guidelines. . .

As you plan your study abroad it is strongly recommended that you explore the International Travel Insurance that fits your needs at: http://www.studyabroadinsurance.com/

Information regarding visa requirements can be found at the following web site: http://www.travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html

 

International Studies and Off-Campus Studies Policy:


Any student required or wishing to participate in an international/off-campus study program must contact Dr. Bersett prior to beginning the application process. You must complete the Westminster College Application before proceeding with applications off campus! You will be asked to fill out an Inquiry questionnaire (yellow sheet).

DEADLINES: If you plan to study off campus, please file your application and all paperwork as early as possible to meet individual program deadlines.

This process includes completing your Application for Off-Campus Study (pink sheet). DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS TO SCHOOLS WITHOUT APPROVAL FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OFF-CAMPUS STUDY. All applications must be mailed by Dr. Bersett. A copy of all materials will be kept on file.

Please keep in mind that unfunded financial aid is only portable when your study is required for completion of the major (e.g., art, foreign languages, international business, and international studies) or if it is arranged through the Westminster at Oxford Program, the ECC, Irish/American Scholar Program, Yonsei University in Korea or ISEP. Aid is portable for one semester only.

Any delays in meeting the deadlines may mean forfeiting financial aid funding. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are of enrolling in your preferred courses. You may contact Dr. Bersett by e-mail or voice mail at ext. 7259 or Darlene McCoy by e-mail or voice mail at ext.7356.

Study Abroad Checklist:

  1. Make an appointment or stop in to see Dr. Bersett in Thompson Clark 412/413.
  2. Complete an Information form (yellow sheet).
  3. Investigate options and select location.
  4. Complete Application for Off-Campus Study (pink sheet), and return it to Dr. Bersett.
  5. Obtain and complete application form from the agency or university.
  6. Submit program application materials to Dr. Bersett for copying and mailing.
  7. Obtain passport and visa if necessary. Information is available at the following websites:
    http://www.iiepassport.org/
    http://www.travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
  8. Submit a copy of your acceptance letter to Dr. Bersett for your file.
  9. Submit your off-campus mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number to Dr. Bersett as soon as it is available.

*Final arrangements may be made by using phone and fax in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Email Dr. Jeff Bersett