1. What are the requirements to study abroad?
The requirements and prerequisites for each individual study abroad course are listed on the course application. In general, participants must possess a minimum 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing (if no GPA, two letters of recommendation from faculty are required). Participants must comply with the Standards of Student Conduct and be approved for participation by the International Education Director. Note: Students with disciplinary records will not necessarily be excluded from study abroad, however, Delaware Tech reserves the right to deny acceptance to any student who may present a risk to themselves or others while abroad.
2. I would like to enroll in a study abroad course that is outside my major. Do I have to be studying in that specific major to attend?
No, you do not. However, study abroad courses are for-credit courses that require coursework geared towards specific objectives. Also, the course prerequisites vary per course/destination and are listed on the application. All students are encouraged to enroll in study abroad course and discuss which experience will benefit you most with your Campus International Education Coordinator (IEC).
3. What safety and security measures are taken during the planning and implementation of study abroad courses at Delaware Tech?
All plans and proposals for study abroad courses are vetted through a strategic proposal process by Delaware Tech faculty and administrators. Faculty who plan courses research the destination abroad and report on current and potential safety issues in the country. All study abroad participants are registered with the U.S. Embassy in the location they will be traveling. The College does not send students on study abroad courses to destinations where there is a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. While abroad, faculty are required to provide students with a logistical orientation in each city, highlighting the “do’s and don’t’s.” The College encourages students and their families to conduct their own research on safe international travel, and to read the “Study Abroad Student Handbook” for tips on safety and security during the study abroad experience.
4. I have never traveled before. What resources are available to help me prepare?
A great resource to students is the Delaware Tech’s “Study Abroad Student Handbook.”
5. What are ways that I can raise money to pay for the program cost?
Most students use a combination of scholarship funds, fundraising money, and financial aid for study abroad courses. A comprehensive list of ways to fundraise and pay for study abroad is located in the “Study Abroad Student Handbook” on the website.
6. Will financial aid pay for my program cost?
The amount and type of financial aid awarded affects your tuition coverage. Since each student’s financial aid funding differs, you should contact the Financial Aid Office as early as possible for advice specific to you and to learn about additional opportunities for financial assistance.
7. What scholarships are available for study abroad? How will know if I am awarded a scholarship? Does everyone get one?
There are a variety of collegewide and campus scholarships available to students interested in studying abroad. You should check the International Education website for updated applications and information. All scholarships for study abroad are selective and awarded based on the criteria listed on the individual application. Apply as soon as possible and you will be contacted via email if you receive the scholarship.
8. When do I register for the class?
All students must register and pay the tuition and registration fee (if applicable). After you submit your application to your campus International Education Coordinator you should register for the course. Contact your IEC or course faculty leader if you have any questions.
9. What is the class like? How many classes before we leave? How many classes will be held during my time abroad?
Each course is different. Your faculty leader will be able to tell you when, where, and how your classes will be held before, during, and after your time abroad. However, there are a minimum of two mandatory in-person travel and safety orientation sessions prior to your course. Your faculty leader and campus IEC will provide you with the dates when you register for the course.