Ithaca College

Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

International Programs

Tanya R. Saunders, Director

The Office of International Programs encourages students to enhance their undergraduate program with a summer or semester of international study. Our staff members can assist students in selecting study programs that fulfill their academic needs as well as their personal interests. With careful planning, students in any major can study abroad.

In addition to sponsoring student exchanges with universities in such countries as the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, and Sweden, Ithaca College administers its own programs in London and Australia. The Ithaca College London Center offers a variety of courses and a number of internships. The Walkabout Down Under program offers students the opportunity to study at several Australian universities over the course of one semester. The College continues to develop new opportunities for students to study abroad.

Through other Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) institutions, and affiliate arrangements with the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, the Institute for the International Education of Students, the Institute for American Universities, and the School for International Training, students may study various disciplines in many countries around the globe. With the permission of Ithaca College, students may also elect to study abroad with programs sponsored by other accredited American colleges or international institutions.

Courses taken through the Office of International Programs that are taught in a language other than English and intended primarily for native speakers of that language will be treated as transfer courses for grading and credit purposes.

Students planning to study abroad, whether through an affiliated or nonaffiliated program, must have the approval of the Office of International Programs. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for general approval to study abroad. Exchange programs have a higher GPA requirement of 3.0, and the Singapore program requires a GPA of 3.2.

Affiliated Programs

• Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) study abroad programs

• Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (CC-CS)

• Institute for American Universities (IAU)

• Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

• School for International Training (SIT)

Study in an Affiliated Program

Students enrolled in affiliated programs are guaranteed academic credit for their study abroad, but petitions for assignment of credit are required to ensure that the credit is applicable to their degree program. Grades received are calculated into students' grade point average, and students are eligible to register in advance for the semester they return from study abroad.

Students applying to an affiliated program should not take a leave of absence. Ithaca College tuition and affiliate program expenses (room, board, and other applicable fees) are paid to Ithaca College, which in turn pays the affiliate. Students studying full time with affiliate programs may be eligible for Ithaca College financial aid. They may also be eligible for federal and state financial aid programs.

Study in a Nonaffiliated Program

There are numerous U.S. college-sponsored programs of study abroad in addition to programs offered by the universities of many countries. The Office of International Programs has a library of materials about both kinds of programs.

Students enrolled in nonaffiliated programs are not guaranteed academic credit for their study abroad unless petitions for transfer credit have been approved in advance for the courses they take. Ithaca College will grant transfer credit only for grades of C- or better, but grades are not calculated into the students' Ithaca College grade point average. Students are eligible to register in advance for the semester they return from study abroad, provided they have taken an approved leave of absence. Students on an approved leave of absence must have a $250 deposit on account at Ithaca College and pay a $415 administrative fee for study abroad to the College. Students studying with such a program are not eligible for Ithaca College financial aid. Federal funds may be applicable to participation in nonaffiliated programs. Students with financial need should inquire directly to the program of interest about extramural scholarships and consult with the Office of Financial Aid.

Students who wish to apply federal funds toward the cost of participation in a nonaffiliated program should submit bills for tuition and fees from the nonaffiliated program to Ithaca College's Office of the Bursar. Payment should then be made to Ithaca College for the full amount due, less any federal funds already posted to the student's account. Ithaca College will then pay the nonaffiliated program. Students who do not receive federal funds should make payment directly to the nonaffiliated program.

Application Procedures for Study Abroad

1. Consult the associate director for study abroad to learn more about options and procedures. Obtain a copy of the Ithaca College guidelines for study abroad.

2. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your plans and select appropriate courses from the program's offerings. Upcoming seniors should also obtain and complete a graduation worksheet in conjunction with the academic adviser.

3. Apply to your chosen study abroad program.

4. Make an appointment with the associate director for study abroad to go over the paperwork required to obtain Ithaca College approval for your plans.

5. The Office of International Programs must be notified of your plans to study on an affiliated or nonaffiliated program by November 1, 2006, for the spring semester, and by April 1, 2007, for the summer/fall semesters.

6. Attend mandatory study abroad orientation sessions. There are several orientations held in April and November of each year. Contact the Office of International Programs for further information.

Study at the London Center

The Ithaca College London Center offers an academic study program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students from Ithaca and other colleges and universities in the United States who want an international study experience of a summer or one or two semesters during their undergraduate years are invited to participate. The London Center's curriculum includes courses in the liberal arts, business, communications, and music that are designed to take advantage of the social and cultural milieu of London. There is also a specialized program in theater arts for students beyond their first year majoring or minoring in this area.

The London Center is housed in a restored Victorian mansion in the South Kensington district of the city. Most faculty members are British and convey a perspective that helps students understand British society and develop cross-cultural awareness. Excursions and visits to various institutions, cultural centers, and museums are an integral part of the curriculum, while presentations by guest lecturers bring students into contact with distinguished individuals from a variety of disciplines.

Students carry a full academic load while studying in London and enjoy many opportunities for class-related trips and other educational travel. The London Center program operates on the following academic calendar.

Special Dates for the London Center

(Note: Dates are preliminary and are subject to change.)

Fall 2006

Academic Program


Mon., August 21


Fri., December 8

Fall Recess


Sat., October 14


Sun., October 22

Final Examinations


Mon., December 11


Fri., December 15

Spring 2007

Academic Program


Mon., January 8


Fri., April 27

Spring Recess


Sat., March 3


Sun., March 11

Final Examinations


Mon., April 30


Fri., May 4

Summer 2007

Academic Program


Mon., May 21


Fri., July 6

Transportation and living costs vary, but London Center students pay normal Ithaca College tuition and fees. Students receive assistance in finding flats in London.

Financial aid arrangements available in Ithaca, including New York State scholarships and rehabilitation grants, are available to students at the London Center. In addition, students may compete for a limited number of supplemental London Assistance Grants. Resident assistant stipends are not available in London and college work-study positions are limited.

London Center Study Abroad Program

Participation in the London Center program, whether for a summer, a semester, or a year, is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students from Ithaca College and other American institutions. A minimum 2.50 cumulative average and approval by the applicant's dean are required for admission to the London Center, in addition to academic and personal references, an essay, and judicial review.

The London Center features a special program in British theater and internships in English, history, art history, theater, business, communications, economics, music education, politics, and social services (health administration, psychology, and sociology). See the Office of International Programs for updated course listings and descriptions.

British Theater

In cooperation with the Department of Theatre Arts, the Office of International Programs offers a theater program in London. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding and experience of British cultural life - both historical and modern - through the medium of the theater.

All students in the theater program take the 9-credit core, consisting of a seminar and a laboratory involving attendance at numerous plays during the semester. In addition, students may take an internship, a performance course (either THPA-23400 Introduction to British Styles of Acting or THPA-34100-THPA-34200 Styles of Acting), or any other course offered at the London Center.

Enrollment Policy

The theater program is designed for juniors and seniors. The theater program is selective, with priority given to theater majors. Applications are available from and should be submitted to the Office of International Programs.


Internships, a special feature of the London Center program, are available in many different fields, each with its own internship coordinator, who locates placement opportunities for students and supervises the internship once secured. Students must submit an application for the internship they seek, but approval does not guarantee a placement. Interns work at a placement site 16 hours per week for the duration of the semester and earn 3 credits. All internships are unpaid.