Do students go with a faculty director or enroll directly in the program?
All of the short-term programs are faculty led. This means that a faculty member has designed the course and the trip specific to the course. This person travels with the group the entire program.
Semester long programs vary. Some have a faculty director and that person will usually be teaching some of the courses on the program, but not all of the courses the students are taking.
Some the programs are set up where students are directly enrolling in the university which is a partner university to St. Cloud State University. They are international students at that university. There is an international student office that will conduct an orientation after arrival and they will be able to go to that office if they need assistance while abroad.
How will the credits be applied toward my student’s degree and will it take longer to graduate?
Credits taken abroad can be applied to your major, minor, elective, or general education requirements. By filling out the Academic Approval Form prior to departure, the student will know how the credits will transfer back prior to leaving for the program based on teh Academic Approval Form. If well planned in advance, this is what many students fail to do with their advisor, they should be able to use all credits toward graduation.
Does my student need to speak a foreign language?
SCSU offers both language and non-language based programs. If the student participates on a program where English is not the native language there will be an introduction to the language as part of your program.