Students who wish to study abroad shoud speak with their advisors as early as possible in their undergraduate career in order to make sure they will still be able to graduate in time. Most students reserve their liberal arts requirements for their time overseas, though sometimes courses taken overseas can be applied towards major requirements. Some students are limited as to when and where they can study abroad due to major requirements and/or financial reasons. We encourage students to attend information sessions held at the beginning of every semester as well as to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor should they have any questions regarding the study abroad process or if they need assistance in determining which program may work best for their situation.
Once a student has decided on a study abroad program, they must apply at least one semester in advance of the semester/summer they wish to be abroad. Upon acceptance into a program, students MUST make an appointment with the Office of International Programs to make sure that all necessary paperwork is in order (concerning financial aid, billing, housing, credit transfer, etc.). Students are also required to attend two or three IC study abroad orientation sessions, held at the end of each semester, before they depart.
Orientation sessions are held at Ithaca College to ensure students have been given general information regarding their time abroad, such as logistics regarding grades, billing, etc., as well as how to manage their money, health and safety concerns, packing suggestions, issues regarding culture shock and sustainable travel. Students will always receive additional orientation information specific to their destination country by the program provider or by Ithaca College in the case of the London Center and short term programs.
Billing and payment procedures
Billing and payment procedures for tuition and room and board vary depending on the type of program a student participates in, i.e. affiliated or non-affiliated.
All housing options are carefully selected by each individual program provider keeping in mind security concerns, convenience, cost, services offered, and its contribution to an intercultural experience. As you can imagine, housing arrangements can vary widely. Students may live in local residence halls; flats or apartments; with other U.S. undergraduate students; or with students from the host country. They may also live with local families in homestays which will offer students a unique perspective into the country's culture.
Passports and Visas
Students who do not yet have passports should apply for them as early as possible (http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html). In almost all cases, students will also need to apply for a visa in order to study overseas for several months. The visa application process varies widely by country and can be quite an ordeal involving possible fingerprinting and eye scanning and possibly sending passports to Embassies/Consulates. In some cases, students must visit Embassies/Consulates in person. Visas may or may not also cost additional fees. The process can take anywhere from a week to several weeks and it is the responsibility of the student to submit all necessary paperwork on time.