Office of Global Citizenship
1. Does participation in study abroad count toward Sewanee graduation?
Yes. Our study abroad programs all give academic credit toward graduation. Semester-long ones usually yield 15 or 16 semester hours of elective, major, or minor credit. The European Studies program yields 18. These programs are good matches then for the amount earned by most students in a Sewanee semester (that is, 16 semester hours). Summer programs vary in length and generally have credit values of 4 to 8 semester hours. Four hours is usually for about three weeks of participation and eight for roughly six weeks.
2. How do I start the process of planning for study abroad?
Begin by registering for and attending one of the group study abroad meetings held at the beginning of each semester and announced by e-mails from Shawnee Scissom. At the meeting you will learn about subsequent steps.
3. How do I choose the right program for me?
Consultation with Dean Wilson, the chair of your major department/program, or your academic adviser can help. You can make an appointment with Dean Wilson by completing the request form supplied by Shawnee Scissom. It may also help to study the section of the Sewanee study abroad website which has to do with Selecting A Program. It is often helpful to hear from others who have been on study abroad, but please keep in mind that students generally know a great deal about the one program which they have experienced.
4. When do most Sewanee students participate in study abroad?
Although there are exceptions, the junior year generally works best for most students planning to be away for at least a full semester. There is much more flexibility with regard to participating in summer options.
5. What are the most popular program options for Sewanee students?
Of semester-long programs, there are more Sewanee participants in European Studies (co-run by Rhodes College) which begins in early July and goes into Advent semester than in any other single program and then, in Easter semester, the same is true for the Sewanee Semester in Spain program (although it is smaller since Spanish is required). IES and SIT programs as well as direct enrollment at other universities represent additional popular options.
In the summer Sewanee runs quite a few very popular summer programs— including ones which involve visiting World War II sites or which are in Spain, China, South Asia, Germany, France, Russia, or Belize. In addition, the British Studies at Oxford program, which has students from Rhodes and other colleges of the Associated Colleges of the South has been popular with Sewanee students for years.
6. What if the program in which I want to participate is not on the program list?
The approved list is lengthy and offers many opportunities. Students are very strongly encouraged to choose from among those nearly 400 choices. Given the number of choices and the fact that they have been carefully vetted, it is unlikely that alternative options will be approved; however, you can discuss this further with Dean Wilson if it seems appropriate.
7. How do I pay my bill for study abroad?
In the past, payment has been directly to the program; however, beginning for students going abroad in the Easter semester of 2014, you or your family will need to make payment directly to Sewanee. You will be billed the regular Sewanee charges, and Sewanee will make payment to the program for you. For more information, see Finances and Study Abroad.
8. Can Sewanee financial aid be used to pay for study abroad?
If you have ANY form of financial aid at all and need to use that aid in support of a semester program abroad, you must apply for “portability” following the protocol discussed (and using forms provided here) at the group meeting for study abroad. Deadlines are critically important with regard to making these requests. The Office of Financial Aid at Sewanee does not provide assistance for summer programs, unless a loan seems appropriate and they can help arrange one for you, although a student might check with an individual program office to see if there is any aid available from the specific summer program itself.