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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it expensive to study abroad?
That depends. Studying abroad can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you make it. Factors to consider include program type and the cost of living in the place where you will study. However, the single biggest factor is usually how much independent travel you do on weekends and breaks. 
 
Does financial aid apply?
Yes. Students participating in an approved study abroad program continue to receive the same forms of federal financial aid they would receive to study at Marymount. If you do not currently qualify for financial aid, you may qualify while studying abroad because of additional costs associated your program. Students should speak with the Office of Financial Aid for more support.
 
Are scholarships available for studying abroad?
Yes. Some are specific to certain majors, or countries, or study abroad programs; others are open to a wide range of study abroad participants. See our comprehensive Scholarships & Funding Options page for more information about financing your study abroad experience.

Will my classes transfer back to Marymount?
Yes. If a you are studying through a Marymount faculty-led program, you will receive direct Marymount credit for the courses you take while abroad.  For all other programs, the classes that you take while abroad – which must be selected in advance and pre-approved by your academic advisor before you depart – will return as transfer credit on your Marymount transcript. Transfer credits do not impact your GPA, but they do count towards your overall credit requirements for graduation.

If I study abroad will I still graduate on time?
You should. We work hard to make sure that studying abroad will not delay your graduation. With reasonable planning and close collaboration with your academic advisor, any Marymount student can have a great international experience and still graduate on time.

When should I study abroad?
Most programs allow students to study abroad in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.  Marymount students can study abroad at any point while they are enrolled as a full-time student at Marymount with the exception of the final semester before they graduate, as long as they are in good academic standing.  It is important that your academic advisor be closely involved in the process of deciding when you will study abroad.

Am I eligible to apply to study abroad?
Students are considered eligible to apply for a study abroad program if they meet all of the following conditions:
  • GPA level required by the program 
  • Completion of program's course prerequisites, if applicable
  • Favorable letters of recommendation
  • In good academic standing, both at the time of application and at the start of the program
  • Not the subject of disciplinary action including probation at the time of application or at the start of the program
If I am an international student at Marymount, am I eligible to study abroad?
Yes!  However, you may not study abroad in your home country.
 
Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
No. Most of the program providers/institutions we work with allow you to take courses in English, either in English-speaking countries or in specially-designed programs in non-English speaking countries. That said, Marymount does encourage students to take some or all of their courses in another language to develop their foreign language skills!

Can I study a foreign language while abroad?
Yes! Study Abroad is a great time to learn a new language or become more fluent in one you are already studying. There are language intensive programs available for interested students.

How long can I study abroad?
With a wide variety of program options, Marymount has options as short as a week or as long as a year. Note that a very high percentage of study abroad participants report that they wish they had gone for a longer term!

Where will I live?
Housing options vary by program. Typically students choose between dormitories, shared apartments or home stays with local families.

Can I work while I'm abroad?
This depends on the flexibility of your visa. Check with the consulate of your host country to be sure.