Global Education

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

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Important Things to Know About Study Abroad

Academic credit is available

With proper planning, it's possible to meet general education, major, or minor requirements through a study abroad program that will count toward your Viterbo degree. If you are interested in volunteering abroad, there are some options that are not for degree credit as well.

Foreign language study is recommended, but not required

Fluency in a foreign language is not a requirement for participation. However, language study is encouraged when participating in programs in non-English speaking areas. This credit can be used toward your general education requirements, or if you study abroad in a Spanish speaking country, it can count toward a Spanish Major/Minor or Latin American Studies Minor. However, there are also many programs in a variety of destinations, taught entirely in English.

Financial aid can be used

You may be eligible to use federal and state financial aid to pay for this experience.

Many programs have their own scholarships as well, and there are some places in the world which are seeking to attract international students whose governments may actually provide financial assistance. Figuring out financial aid often brings up many questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding financial assistance.

Advance planning is crucial

Although you may choose to wait unil your your junior or senior year to study abroad, it is important to begin thinking and planning for this as early as possible. If you have an idea what you may want to study early on, that will direct your course selection while at Viterbo. Advance planning may allow you to graduate in a timely manner without extending your study at Viterbo. For some majors (nursing and dietetics), it may be harder to fit in a semester abroad without adding time to your program. If this is your situation, consider Viterbo's short-term courses or a summer program.