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UIW Study Abroad Guidefor Academic AdvisorsFall 2019UIW International AffairsAuthored by: Office of Study AbroadStudy Abroad Coordinator1 Page

Why study abroad?Benefits of studying abroad include Experiential LearningStudents are introduced to new experiences, meet new people and access materials that aren’tavailable on campus. On a program led by business faculty member, students visitcorporations, meet with industry leaders and engage in design projects. A fine arts class may beprimarily conducted in museums, archives or backstage at a national theater.Career ProspectsNumerous studies demonstrate that study abroad participants have higher graduation rates andbetter placement into graduate school and the job market. Students interning with an overseasorganization distinguish themselves; just 1% of the U.S. university population has this experienceat the time of graduation.Learning a New Way of LifeTraveling as a student comes with different expectations than tourism. Students becomeimmersed in their surroundings, learn new languages, the local history and politics of a regionand its people’s values, beliefs and cultures. Exposure to all these areas means studentsdevelop intercultural competency: the ability to communicate with people of other cultures.Becoming a Global CitizenReturning students demonstrate an increased ability to articulate their experiences. They learnwhat it takes to show empathy and compassion for others. Students learn to workindependently and gain resilience through the process of cultural adaptation. Our studentslearn what it means to be a global citizen and a global leader.“ researchers who have measured the impact of study abroad andother international learning experiences have found that they have apositive impact on academic, educational, and professional outcomemeasures.”-National Association of International Education2 Page

How can UIW students study abroad?Step 1: Students meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator to identify which opportunities fittheir academic needs, professional goals, and cultural interests 2 UIW European Study Centers Heidelberg, Germany and Strasbourg, FranceAll majors welcome, several core classes and electives offeredAlways allows students to pay using institutional aidOwned and operated by UIWGo Abroad: Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions I and II 2 UIW Mexico Campuses Mexico City and Irapuato Always allows students to pay using institutional aid Go Abroad: Fall and Spring 140 Sister Schools 40 countriesAllows students to transfer (pre-approved) credits back to UIWAlmost always allows students to pay using institutional aidGo Abroad: Fall, Spring, and Summer Dates, deadlines, and courses will vary from school to school Faculty-Led Programs Short-term academic based programsStudents receive academic creditAlways allows students to pay using institutional aidGo Abroad: These opportunities vary from year to yearp.s. Summer programs are recommended for athletes and studentswith rigid academic plans.Students can also go abroad with student clubs and to volunteer. Ask us how!3 Page

My student is interested in going abroad Now what?Step 2: Students meet with their Academic Advisor to determine when togo and identify which courses to take abroad Determine best term(s) for the student to go abroad Discuss remaining degree requirements and program restrictions Identify courses your student should set aside for studyabroad and courses that they should take prior to and aftertheir study abroad program Consider the student’s overall academic plan for their time abroad. Glance at theirdegree audit. Do their proposed courses keep them on track for graduation? What courses are best abroad? Core courses Lower level courses ElectivesNotesp.s. Coming Soon!We are working on making the study abroad experience as easy as possible for everyoneinvolved! This means creating the ultimate course equivalency list so you and your student caneasily find equivalent courses abroad!4 Page

Academic ProtocolStudents who enter UIW as freshmen must have successfully completed a minimum of 12credit hours to be eligible to study abroad.Transfer students must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours to beeligible to study abroad. Students must be enrolled at UIW while participating in the studyabroad program.Students may submit a petition for an exemption from these policies if there are compellingacademic and intellectual reasons. Students should contact the Study Abroad Coordinator todiscuss petitioning. All exemptions are on a case by case basis. The International Affairs Officereserves the right to deny a student's exemption request.5 Page

My student is applying to studyabroad What is my role? Complete and sign the Request to StudyAbroad form with the student. Work with your student to determine course equivalencies at the student’s abroadinstitution. The Study Abroad Coordinator will send you the course descriptionsavailable once the student’s application is processed. If the student will be taking a course from a different department, have the studentcontact the appropriate department chair to make sure equivalencies are approved. Remember: Students will register for their next semesterwhile abroad!Notes6 Page

My student is abroad What might they need?Your student might make changes to his/her schedule afterarrival and may need your advice on the changes.Your student may also need assistance with course selectionfor UIW registrationPlease don’t hesitate to include the UIW Study Abroad Office atany time- especially if your student needs help with somethingother than academics.My student has returned to campus Now what?Sister SchoolsStudents will receive an IP and have 6 monthsto submit an official transcript after the UIWsemester ends. Some transcripts may need anofficial evaluation, which takes additional time.ESCGrades are sent directly to Registrar!Students should request Official transcripts tobe sent to the Study Abroad Office, then theStudyp.s.AbroadCoordinatorComingSoon! will submit it to theRegistrar’s Office.o How did the credit transfer? Is aWe are workingsubstitution form needed?p.s. Career Services can help students incorporate their experience into their resume!7 Page

Financing Study AbroadStep 3: Students meet with the Financial Assistance Advisor to learn more about their optionsand how to finance their study abroad experience Eligible students can apply for Federal Aid FAFSA: Opens October 1st Student will need to complete all required documents Remember summer Financial Aid rules Funds used during summer can reduce awards for Fall & SpringLoans, Pell Grant, and Outside Scholarships onlyTuition waiver for straight exchange schoolsEnrollment: Student loans require at least half-time enrollment Most study abroad opportunities can be covered byFinancial Aid Loans: Student (Subsidized/Unsubsidized), Parent PLUS, Private Scholarships: Institutional, Outside Resources Grants: Federal/StateProgram TypeFederal AidState Tuition udy CenterYesYesYesYesYesYes, Fall &Spring OnlyNon-StraightExchangeYesYesNoYesAt thediscretion ofthe donor.NoFinancing Study Abroad developed by Ms. Mimi Nguyen: Mtnguye4@uiwtx.edu8 Page

Straight ExchangeA straight exchange denotes a partner institution with which UIW has a bilateral exchangeagreement, meaning, the partner does not charge us for tuition. Thus, the student can use theirUIW sponsored aid.Non-Straight ExchangeA non-straight exchange institution invoices UIW for tuition; a student cannot use their sponsoredaid because it is soft money and we need hard money to be able to pay the tuition invoice fromthe partner institution. (i.e. John Cabot University-Italy, American University of Paris-France,University of The Arts London-United Kingdom, Mary Immaculate College-Ireland).Notes9 Page

Fall 2019 CalendarUPCOMING EVENTS: FALL 2019ACADEMIC ADVISOR: LUNCH & LEARNDATE & TIMEJuly 19thLOCATIONICC ballroomSTUDY ABROAD INFO TABLEAugust 27th/28th@ 11am-1pmSEC ConcoursePARENT AND FAMILY INFO NIGHT: STUDYABROADSeptember 12th@ 6pmICC-tbdPASSPORT DAYSeptember 19th@ 10am-2pmSEC ConcourseSPRING 2020 APPLICATION WEEK: STUDYABROAD ADVISING SESSIONS (LET’S GET THATSeptember 23rd, 25th, 26th@ 9am-12pm (non-ESC)& 1pm-2:30pm (ESC)SEC ConcourseMOST SPRING 2020 STUDY ABROADAPPLICATIONS DUE BY October 15, 2019OnlineApplication &other paperworkPRE-DEPARTURE MEETING FOR SPRING 2020November 16th@ TBDSEC-TBDINTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEKNovember 18th-22ndAround CampusMOST SUMMER 2020 STUDY ABROADAPPLICATIONS DUE BY March 15, 2020OnlineApplication &other paperworkAPPLICATION PAPERWORK DONE!)Contact UsBrooke PaynterStudy Abroad Coordinator(210) 140 sister schools Mexico Campuses Faculty-LedLinda GianottiUIW European Study Center Liaison(210) European Study Centers10 P a g e

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for UIW registration Please don't hesitate to include the UIW Study Abroad Office at any time- especially if your student needs help with something other than academics. Sister Schools Students will receive an IP and have 6 months to submit an official transcript after the UIW semester ends. Some transcripts may need an

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