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FAQs for Students

When can I go and what are the requirements?
  • You must have sophomore status/30+ credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • You cannot be on judicial probation
  • You cannot be on academic probation
  • Faculty or Staff Confidential Reference
  • Study Abroad during the fall, spring or summer
Where can I go?

Monmouth University currently offers six semester-long programs in which students can earn 12-16 credits. You can choose to study abroad in:

  • London, England at the University of Westminster (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • Florence, Italy (offered in fall only) at Lorenzo de Medici (Fall semester)
  • Sorrento, Italy at Sant’Anna Institute (Spring Semester)
  • Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina at the University of Belgrano (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • Strasbourg, France at the European Study Center (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • The Argentina, England, France and Italy semesters run along similar academic schedules as our own. In Australia and Argentina, the fall semester begins in late July and runs through late November; the spring semester begins in late February and ends in late June.
  • Monmouth University currently offers two summer programs in which student earn 6 credits. You can choose to study abroad in:
  • Cádiz, Spain at the Universidad de Cádiz (Summer – 6 weeks)
    • Spanish courses range from beginner to advanced. Classes are kept small and intimate for optimal language learning.
  • Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de’ Medici (Summer – 4 weeks)
    • For students studying in Florence, Italy, classes are taught in English, except Italian Language courses. Course offerings for the summer program are in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Political Science, Studio Arts, and Italian Language.
How much will it cost?
  • Monmouth University semester programs have the same tuition and fee costs as on-campus. Room and board rates are also similar.
  • Airfare and spending money will make up the bulk of your expenses outside of tuition and room and board.
  • Check out the ‘Study Abroad Costs‘ page in the Student Portal.
Can I Use Financial Aid?
  • Your current financial aid travels with you for the Monmouth semester programs. This means you can use your Monmouth grants and scholarships, as well as federal and state grants, scholarships, and loans.
  • Athletic scholarships CANNOT be used toward a study abroad semester during the academic year, but they can SOMETIMES be used for the summer Spain/Italy programs. We recommend that you speak with your coach about this.
  • If you study abroad on an approved outside program, those costs can be used to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid; you cannot, however, apply your Monmouth University grant or scholarship toward these outside programs.
  • Airfare and spending money are considered legitimate educational expenses, and students are usually able to borrow for them, if necessary.
  • You should contact Nancy Hanson in the Financial Aid Office to explore your options for financial aid.
Can EOF Students Study Abroad?
  • EOF scholarship recipients’ financial aid packages will be the same for Study Abroad as if they were living in Monmouth University housing for the academic year.
  • EOF scholars are personally responsible for their $250 deposit.
  • There is no EOF funding available for summer Study Abroad programs.
  • EOF scholars wishing to study abroad MUST obtain permission from the EOF Director.
Why would I want to do this?

Not only will you be continuing on your way to a Monmouth University degree, but you will greatly enhance your sense of independence, self-confidence, and intercultural communication skills.

  • Live and learn with other Monmouth University students, students from other American universities, and students from other countries!
  • Prepare to be a global change agent in the 21st century.
  • Develop intercultural competencies to be able to work effectively and efficiently in across cultures.
  • Acquire new skills and gain an edge in the global job market.
  • Explore your own potential.
  • Become more independent, adaptable, and confident.
  • Improve your language and communication skills.
  • Stay on track for graduation by earning MU credit for international courses.
Who Helps me plan this?

The Global Education Office (GEO) is located in the Student Center, Lower Level. Our team is comprised of both staff and study abroad alumni willing to help and guide you to make your study abroad experience a reality. You will also want to let your academic advisor(s) know as soon as possible if you’re interested in participating in a study abroad program. Along with your advisor you can plan for the best semester to go abroad.

What is my first step?

Be sure to attend a ‘Study Abroad 101’ information session held on Wednesdays at 2:45PM – 3:45PM

  • Spring 2024 – Pozycki Hall, Rm. 204, Jan. 31 – April 17
Can a student of any major participate in a Global Program?

Yes, a student of any major can participate in a study abroad experience. For some students, however, it may require more careful planning. For example, if you are an education major, it may be better to go abroad during your sophomore year when you are still taking many of the General Education requirements. Or, you can ‘save’ a few elective credits or General Education requirements, such as the aesthetics or social science requirements. Generally, these types of courses are easier to find abroad than your major requirements. Check with the Global Education Office for class offerings abroad.

How far in advance do I apply?

You should begin the academic planning for study abroad from the time you enter the University as a first-year student. It’s important to work with your advisor regarding available courses well before the departure semester.  You would apply for a spring program at the start of the prior fall semester and for fall and summer programs at the start of the prior spring semester. Check your Monmouth e-mail often for study abroad-related information and due dates.

How will I be graded?

Commencing Summer 2020, all students participating in the Monmouth specific Study Abroad programs will have all grades listed on their transcript, and those grades calculated into their grade point average (GPA). Institutional credit will be granted for all earned grades.

Does study abroad satisfy my Experiential Education requirement?

Yes, provided that you enroll in and pass a minimum of 6 credits.

What types of classes can I take?

Just about anything you need to fulfill your curriculum requirements for your Monmouth degree. You can take General Education courses, as well as major and minor requirements. However, it may be easier to find general education courses and electives abroad than courses to fulfill your major, depending on what that major is.