About Studying Abroad
[Overview] [Eligibility] [Myths & Realities] [Reasons] [Locations]
Myths & Realities
Myth 1: "Studying abroad is very
expensive. It's only for rich kids."
Myth 2: "You have to have a 4.0 GPA
to study abroad. I have only average grades, I would never be
Reality: Most programs have a GPA
requirement of 2.5, and this is flexible depending on a
student's particular circumstances. We try to find reasons to
accept you into our programs, not reasons to turn you down. We
are more interested in your level of maturity than your GPA.
Myth 3: "If I study overseas, it
will delay my graduation; I will never finish in four years."
Reality: If you choose your
program and courses carefully with your advisor, you will be on
track for your degree when you return from overseas. Course
selection is done prior to your departure so you will know what
your program will include. All credits taken abroad through our
programs will transfer back to Shippensburg University.
Myth 4: "Studying overseas is a
frill. My parents work hard enough just to send me to college. I
can't ask for a semester abroad."
Reality: Studying abroad can no
longer be considered a luxurious extra in your basic education.
Employers look with favor on students who have lived outside the
U.S. since this demonstrates an ability to cope with new
experiences and, in many cases, competency in a foreign
language. Studying overseas will enhance your resume.
Myth 5: "I don't speak a foreign
language. I guess there are no programs for me."
Reality: We have more programs in
English-speaking countries than anywhere else. You can choose
from numerous programs in England, Australia, and New Zealand.
In addition, some programs in non-English-speaking countries are
taught in English and are open to everyone (China, France,
Hungary, Italy and Sweden).
Myth 6: "I'm on financial aid. I
can never hope to go abroad."
Reality: This will not hold you
back. Most grants and loans can be used for studying overseas.
The only financial aid that does not travel is college work
study and tuition waivers. In some countries you are permitted
to work part-time and earn while you learn. Most overseas
semesters begin later than Shippensburg, so you can stay at your
summer job and earn additional money well into September or
Myth 7: "I'm a Business (Biology,
Computer Science, Math, etc.) major. I can't study overseas."
Myth 8: "I can't swing an entire
semester overseas. There's probably no program for me."
Myth 9: "It's no big deal to go
overseas. I'll think about it in the fall of my senior year."
Reality: The earlier you begin to
plan, the easier the process will be and the more certain you
will be of acceptance into your first-choice program. Freshman
year is the best time to start working towards the goal of
overseas study because you must plan which courses you will take
at Shippensburg and which courses you will take overseas. By
studying abroad in the second semester of your sophomore year
you can complete many of your General Education requirements.
Myth 10: "Nobody will help me. The
process is too complicated."