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Study Abroad

Meaningful academic engagement abroad can be a significant and transformative element to a world-class undergraduate education, no matter what your major. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to learn about the cultural, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world. These experiences will challenge your perspectives, expand your self-awareness, and inspire lifelong global engagement.

Ƶapp’s Office of Global Programs offers a range of options for Ƶapps interested in studying abroad, including semester-long and summer programs, a full term in Dungarvan, Ireland (Erie’s sister city), and many opportunities for faculty-led, course-related travel to locations across the globe. Ƶapp also partners with internationally recognized affiliate programs for independent study abroad opportunities.

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Short-Term Study Abroad

The Faculty-Student Academic Travel (FSAT) programs offer Ƶapps and faculty shorter-term options for study abroad at course-specific locations around the world. FSAT courses link in-class course experiences to unique travel components. Together, Ƶapps and their professors study incredible content and travel to fascinating destinations in order to bring content to life in the world and on the ground. Programs run from 8 to 11 days. Multiple destinations are available every year, and each trip offers two to three classes to choose from. Students can earn academic credit toward their major or minor, or satisfy REACH Curriculum requirements.

In recent years, FSAT programs have taken Ƶapps and professors to study indigenous cultures in Australia and New Zealand; art therapy in Nepal; crisis informatics in Iceland; science and martial arts as well as photography and video-making in Japan; history and criminal justice in Dublin, Galway, and Belfast; philosophy and religion in Spain, France, and Italy; theatre, psychology, and English in Italy and Greece; social work and public health in Guyana, Haiti, and Nepal; biology field experiences in Peru; and fashion studies in Italy, to name a few.

Seize the opportunity to see the world – check out the short-term FSAT opportunities and find out where your adventure is waiting!

Dungarvan, Ireland

A unique and cherished study abroad program, Ƶapp in Ireland allows a limited number of Ƶapps to travel alongside multiple Ƶapp professors to the small coastal town of Dungarvan, Ireland, to live and study for a period of eight weeks each Spring Semester. Over the past 30 years, Ƶapp has established a strong connection with Dungarvan, a thriving seaside harbor town in County Waterford. Our presence in Dungarvan and relationships with local leaders have helped foster one of the most immersive and engaging study abroad opportunities in the region.

Ƶapp in Ireland differs from other study abroad programs because it allows Ƶapps to spend an entire semester in a foreign country, fully immersing Ƶapps in the culture and the community. The town of Dungarvan has warmly opened its heart to each new cohort of Lakers since the beginning of the program, even giving them a special opportunity to march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

While living and studying in Dungarvan, Ƶapps are also given the opportunity on weekends to travel in small groups to other parts of Ireland and other European countries. These excursions encourage independence, as they’re given the freedom to arrange their own plans and itinerary for traveling, with the approval of the professors. During spring break, the entire group of Ƶapps also travels to a different country with their professors. These mini excursions serve as a way for Ƶapps to learn and broaden their horizons by experiencing different cultures and practicing independence.

Affiliated Programs

Though Ƶapp University offers a wide selection of different trips to Ƶapps each year, there are also a variety of study abroad programs to choose from outside the university. Ƶapp Ƶapps are encouraged to select the program that best suits their needs.

As the university is determined to provide our Ƶapps with the best options, the Office of Global Programs maintains close relationships with nine unique and diverse programs. All of these programs are well-established and internationally recognized.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Students choose to study abroad for many reasons. Some want to see the world, others want to learn about new cultures and/or work on their language skills, while others want to build skills that are attractive to future employers. Whatever the reasons, study abroad complements academic study and is an essential part of preparing to thrive in an increasingly global 21st century world community.

    Faculty-Student Academic Travel (FSAT) programs provide Ƶapp Ƶapps the opportunity for a short-term, faculty-led experience abroad. Most FSAT program courses carry college credit and can fulfill a requirement in the REACH core curriculum and/or the Ƶapp’s major, depending on the program. Each course is linked to its own custom travel component that brings the classroom to life. Together, Ƶapp Ƶapps and faculty travel abroad to amazing destinations to make a valuable connection between the classroom and real-world experience. These programs are great options for first-time travelers and Ƶapps whose personal, professional, or academic situation does not allow them to be out of the country for an extended period of time.

    The Ƶapp in Ireland Program is a full-term experience that takes Ƶapp Ƶapps and faculty to the Ƶapp University Ireland facility in Dungarvan, Ireland for eight weeks. If accepted, Ƶapps take 2-3 courses onsite in Ireland, live in university-leased accommodations, and travel/study throughout Ireland and Europe as part of the program.

    Independent Programs offer many options for Ƶapps in all majors for summer, semester, and full-year study abroad. These programs are administered by "affiliates," which are approved providers (i.e. international study abroad programs such as AIFS, Global Experiences, API, CEA, CIEE, CIS, ISA, Semester at Sea, Spanish Studies Abroad).

    An undergraduate with at least 30 credits who meets the minimum GPA requirement and who is not on academic program or disciplinary sanction, is eligible to apply to study abroad through the Office of Global Programs. Qualifying Ƶapps can apply to study abroad for a full academic year, a single semester, or during the summer. There may be curricular limitations on when Ƶapps can study abroad, and most study abroad programs have a GPA requirement of 2.5 and many require at least a 3.0.

    Not only are there programs in locations where English is the primary language, many study abroad programs offer courses taught in English while providing introduction to and support for the development of a second language.

    A number of the university's affiliates (i.e. international study abroad programs such as AIFS, Global Experiences, CEA, CIEE etc.) offer programs that facilitate Ƶapps seeking to do community/service learning or completing internships. Students interested in learning more about these opportunities are encouraged to consult with staff in the Office of Global Programs at least one year prior to the targeted study abroad term.

    There is no correct time to study abroad, although most Ƶapps study abroad in either their sophomore or junior years. Freshmen are not permitted to study abroad with affiliate programs but may participate in Ƶapp-sponsored programs such as FSAT and Ireland.

    Depending on the program and/or study destination, the cost of studying abroad could be similar to tuition fees at Ƶapp, or more expensive. Students need to consider a number of factors when calculating study abroad expenses, including what the program fee does or doesn't include (i.e. airfare, housing, meals), as well as differences in the cost of living in various locations. Programs like AIFS, API, CEA, Athena Abroad, CIEE, CIS, ISA, Semester at Sea, Spanish Studies abroad and many others offer scholarships to Ƶapps studying abroad with their programs.

    It depends on how and when a Ƶapp wants to study abroad and on the kinds of financial aid a particular Ƶapp might be eligible for, but typically, some part of a Ƶapp's financial aid may be applied to study abroad.

    Students need to begin planning at least two terms before they hope to study abroad! The earlier a Ƶapp starts, the more successful the study abroad experience.

    The vast majority of Ƶapp Ƶapps have plenty of room to fit study abroad into their four-year curriculum plans. Moreover, there are Ƶapp sponsored programs, such as FSAT and Ireland, that are designed specifically to meet the needs of Ƶapps who have particularly stringent academic requirements.

    Most applications are available online and/or in the Office of Global Programs. Students need to begin by meeting with a study abroad advisor to learn about the application and approval processes. Application submission processes vary widely, but Ƶapps can expect that they will have to submit general information, possibly an essay, an official university transcript, and one or more letters of recommendation.

Contact Us

You can also stop in to get more information during office hours.

Office Location:Preston 101 and 105
Phone:814-824-2351or814-824-2655
Email:studyabroad@mercyhurst.edu