• Academic Advising for Monmouth University Students

  • Frequently Asked Questions on Study Abroad for Monmouth University Advisors

    What is the academic advisor's role for study abroad?

    Academic advisors encourage students to make the leap and go abroad to live, learn, and travel for a semester. They provide advice on what courses to take while abroad, and which ones would best help them to fulfill their curriculum requirements. The Study Abroad Office handles all other administrative details and matters regarding the study abroad semester. We have passed the offered courses through department chairs and the Undergraduate Studies Committee for Monmouth course equivalency. Students should bring the course offerings and equivalencies to the advising appointment. For courses listed as electives, substitutions can be used on a case-by-case basis, with department chair and school dean approval.

    Will study abroad program satisfy the EXED requirement?

    Yes, provided students are earning six or more credits while abroad.

    Can students take major/minor, general education, and elective courses?

    For Monmouth sponsored programs, students can take courses to fulfill any of the above requirements if they are available.

    Who registers students for study abroad and how are they graded?

    The Study Abroad Office is responsible for registering students for their study abroad semester. This is done once students sign the 'Confirmation of Enrollment' and pay the $500 deposit that is applicable toward total costs. If you are advising students in the spring during the priority registration time, and they want to study abroad for the following spring semester, they should be advised to register at Monmouth for classes on campus temporarily. This is recommended as a safeguard to students in case they change their minds and can no longer study abroad.

    Students should also be advised to attend a Study Abroad 1st Step Meeting that are held on Wednesday's at 2:45 in Edison 117.  These meetings cover a lot of information on what the program will be like. If students want to apply they should download the Application Packet from the Study Abroad home page that has everything they need to get started including the application and class offerings.

    How are students graded?

    Students participating in Study Abroad through Monmouth University will have actual earned grades posted to their academic record/transcript. Grades will not be used in calculating the Grade Point Average (GPA). Students studying on outside programs at international institutions must complete the form, Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution. Students must have prior permission from the Registrar's Office. Grades earned of a “C” or better will be posted as a “T” (transfer) grade on the student’s academic record.

    What programs does Monmouth Offer?

    LONDON, ENGLAND (Semester Program)

    Regent’s University London is located in the inner circle of the beautiful Regent’s Park. It is the only "green" campus in London and offers students the best of both worlds. While living in the serene and enchanting setting of Regent’s Park, surrounded by lakes, swans, rowboats, fields, an outdoor amphitheater, and Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, students are only minutes away from the famous Baker Street area. Students live in lovely Reid Hall that accommodates approximately 240 other American students from schools across the United States. Most rooms have views of the park, and accommodations are safe, clean, and comfortable. The Regent’s campus offers a full service "Refectory" for dining, a sports bar, library, student services, bookshop, on-campus travel agent, information technology center, and much more.

    There are more than 2,000 students attending Regent’s University London, which is made up of several different colleges. American students are part of the Regent's American College of London (RACL), the only "on campus" residents. The RACL helps to ensure that students are offered classes useful toward their home degree requirements and with similar expectations. Students will have opportunities to meet and interact with others from across the world as many classes draw students from the various colleges.

    Program Dates:

    Spring Semester: Mid-January to early May
    Application packets can be downloaded from the Study Abroad Home page at the start of the fall semester. Application deadline is mid-October.

    Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December (more popular choice)
    Application packets can be downloaded from the Study Abroad home page at the start of the spring semester. Application deadline is late February

    The courses taken at Regent’s University London are either 3 or 4 credits. The courses are all pre-approved prior to the student’s departure. Books usually cost under $100. Students are issued mid-term grades directly from Regent’s. Many courses offer lots of extras! Some theatre classes give students free tickets to top-notch productions such as The Lion King, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera or whatever current hits might be showing. Students have seen musicals and operas as part of some classes. What better place to take Art History? The class actually meets at the National Gallery! Students go on weekend retreats to study English palaces and architecture, and these are just a few examples. When returnees are asked whether the course load and amount of work involved is less, the same, or more then on campus, most students say it was about the same.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Semester Program)

    Macquarie University is located 11 miles from the central hub of Sydney. Students will be living on a beautiful, sprawling campus that serves more than 22,000 students from across Australia and the world. There are extensive course options available, and Macquarie is renowned for its academic excellence and eclectic student life. Students will take from three to four classes, which will award them a total of 12 to 16 credits.

    Students will live in Macquarie University Village (MUV) housing that had previously been the Olympic Village during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Each condo-type unit consists of five private bedrooms, each with a private bath. The shared facilities consist of a large, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room. There is also a front and back yard area for each unit. Hundreds of Americans and international students live there.

    Program Dates:

    Semester One (spring semester): Mid-February to early July

    Application packets can be downloaded from the Study Abroad home page at the start of the fall semester. Application deadline is mid-October.

    Semester Two (fall semester): Late July to early December

    Application packets can be downloaded from the Study Abroad home page at the start of the spring semester. Application deadline is late February.

    All courses will equal 4 credits, and students are not issued mid-term grades. Academics in Australia tend to be more rigorous than at US institutions, and many returnees tell us that coursework was the same or more difficult than at Monmouth. The biggest difference is that there is much less continual assessment at Macquarie University. Most classes require one or two major tests and one or two papers. Some classes can have as little as one test and one paper to assess a student’s knowledge.

    There is very little on which to base a grade, and many students do not know how to judge their progress with such little assessment. This can obviously be a source of stress if the student’s personality doesn’t fit with this method. Students earn 3 credits for each class taken, and the extra one credit from each class is given as a free elective. Students can take three courses for 12 credits or four courses for 16 credits.

    LORENZO DE' MEDICI: (Fall or Summer)

    All classes are 3-credits and there is an amazing array of class choices in many disciplines. Students are required to take one 3-credit Italian language class during the fall semester.

    CADIZ, SPAIN:

    All classes will equal 3 credits and are taught in Spanish (except for beginners). Course offerings will be for beginners to advanced, and students can fulfill a 6-credit GU/CD requirement during this summer program.

    How do academic systems abroad differ from our own?

    Students are expected to do more self-study and pace themselves accordingly. There are less quizzes/small papers/projects and, therefore, less continual feedback. Most courses require one or two major papers and one exam that may count for a large percentage of the final grade. Few students report being given any actual mid-term exams, and the practice of providing mid-term grades is largely done to satisfy American institutions and students. For many Americans, the lack of continual assessment can be a source of stress. It's best if students are aware of these differences from the start.

    Why do we want our students to study abroad?

    The world is fast becoming “one place” in the sense that borders are blurred and the notion of sovereignty is being transformed. Politics, business, and culture are becoming “global.” Pedagogically, it is very important to prepare students to live, work, and transact in a multicultural, global environment. Moreover, an active, well-planned study abroad agenda enhances the general prestige and reputation of the university. It becomes an important recruitment tool for admissions, resulting in more and better-qualified undergraduate applicants.

    Students who study abroad are likely to show employers that they are flexible, can handle ambiguity, are self-starters and adventurous, can work with people from different backgrounds, are sensitive to cultural differences, and often know a second language. This all adds up to stronger job candidates than students who don’t go abroad. The ability to "step-out-of-the-box" shows maturity and initiative that many employers are eager to find in employees.

    What about a pre-departure orientation?

    The Study Abroad Office provides students and their parents with essential information pertaining to their upcoming study abroad at a comprehensive evening orientation. This is mandatory for students, and we encourage them to invite their parents and families ... and most do. We also handle all administrative issues, such as sending the host institutions photos for IDs abroad, group flight arrangements, liability waivers, good-bye parties, return parties and evaluations, passport information, insurance, health, safety and wellness and much more. Also, all study abroad students are required to sign a FERPA release online. We also prepare students for their return by giving them important information related to their future housing, parking, and financial aid needs.

    How much additional traveling do students typically do?

    They tend to travel a lot! Most of the students who have attended Regent’s College have visited five to 10 countries. They have a week long mid-semester break in London & Florence and a two-week break in Sydney. Our former Australia students have traveled extensively throughout that continent and also to other South Pacific locales, such as New Zealand, Fiji, and Thailand. The Cádiz students have many excursions including weekend trips included in the tuition. All programs offer ample free time for students to travel on their own.

    Does someone stay in touch with our students while they are abroad?

    Yes, the Study Abroad Office corresponds with students throughout the entire semester. We send them important information and keep them abreast of all new Worldwide Cautions. We also send presents such as Monmouth memorabilia & Halloween treats. The students tell us that they really appreciate these little thoughts from "home." We are also there to help them with problems that may arise during the study abroad experience.

    Who do I call with additional study abroad questions?

    For general questions contact Robyn Asaro, Assistant Director of Study Abroad at 732-263-5377 or rasaro@monmouth.edu.or. For academic or advising questions contact Chris Hirschler, Faculty Director at 732-571-4494 or chirschl@monmouth.edu