Parent FAQs

How much is it going to cost for my son or daughter to study abroad?
Will all grades/credits be accepted by the home university?
What are the deadlines?
How long is a study abroad program and when do students typically study abroad?
What kind of health and safety insurance is provided while abroad?
Is it safe for my son or daughter to study abroad?
How do I contact someone in the Office of Multicultural and Global Education?
Who is responsible for making travel arrangements?
What are the housing options?
Will the student be able to communicate without having a firm grasp of the language?
How much money is needed when studying abroad?
Where can the student exchange money?
How should I ensure that my son or daughter has access to money overseas?
What are the common means of transportation while abroad?
What documents are needed to travel abroad?
How can we keep in touch with the student while they are abroad?


How much is it going to cost for my son or daughter to study abroad?
Quinnipiac University adopted a tuition policy governing its semester study abroad programs. Under this policy, QU students' study abroad payment includes, but is not limited to: a registration fee, QU's full-time tuition, the cost to live in the QU Commons Residence Hall, less the dining service fee, and an obligatory overseas emergency and medical insurance fee. If the QU approved study abroad programs cost exceeds the sum of QU's tuition and housing, the difference will be paid to QU by the student.

When studying through a QU-approved study abroad program, the student is responsible to pay any refundable security deposits, program application fees, and/or program withdrawal fees directly to the study abroad program. Depending on the study abroad program, students may also be expected to cover the cost of additional expenses including, but not limited to: airfare, visa, meals, academic materials, public transportation, personal travel, etc. Inclusions and exclusions vary by program. Keep in mind, though, that several factors have to be taken into consideration, such as location, travel, expenses, and fluctuating exchange rates when calculating additional costs. Please note that the above tuition policy does not affect non-QU summer study abroad. All non-QU summer program fees are paid directly to the program. However, all summer and semester students are required to pay QU's overseas emergency and medical insurance fee.

Will all grades/credits be accepted by the home university?
The courses/classes the student plans to take abroad must be pre-approved by their faculty advisor and associate dean and submitted to OMGE by the deadline to ensure the maximum amount of credit for the courses taken will be received. For QU students studying abroad, the credits and grades for approved courses taken abroad become part of the students' academic transcript, and all grades will be included in the calculation of the students' GPA. Grades are the exclusive prerogative of the faculty members teaching the courses. If students have questions about grading in any particular course, they must consult the faculty member teaching that course. Questions involving grades issued for study abroad course undertaken through other institutions should be directed to those institutions. QU will not change grades issued by another institution.

What are the deadlines?
Oct. 15 -- Program acceptance for Spring/Winter semester programs abroad
March 15 -- Program acceptance for Summer/Fall semester program abroad

How long is a study abroad program and when do students typically study abroad?
The program duration depends on the program chosen. Study abroad programs generally range from two weeks to three months for summer sessions and three months to one year for school year programs. Students generally go abroad during their sophomore or junior year, although this is not a rule. Students will need to consider their academic progress (i.e. what courses he/she has already taken, what he/she will take while abroad, and what he/she will need to take upon return) in order to remain on track and graduate on time.

What kind of health and safety insurance is provided while abroad?
Quinnipiac provides comprehensive health, security and accident insurance for all students attending pre-approved overseas study programs. We work to provide a safe and healthy environment to all of our students studying abroad. Quinnipiac partners with Gallagher & Koster and International SOS in order to offer all of our students high quality, comprehensive health and security insurance policies which will cover them throughout the duration of their academic program abroad.

  • Study Abroad Gallagher and Koster Accident and Sickness Health Insurance: This plan covers the student in case of accidents, illness and/or medical emergencies. The student most likely will have to pay up front for medical services; however, after the student submits a claim, the reimbursement will be processed. Please refer to their site for a more in depth explanation of this coverage.
  • International SOS Global Medical and Security Assistance: This plan is to be used in case of political unrest in the country and/or a natural disaster (such as tornado, tsunami, earthquake etc.) Please refer to the International SOS website and key in Quinnipiac's group membership number (111BSGC000011) to access the information that International SOS provides.

Is it safe for my son or daughter to study abroad?
All students must take part in a mandatory pre-departure orientation provided by the Office of Multicultural and Global Education. During this orientation, the OMGE briefs students regarding safety and health risks, as well as offers suggestions on how to avoid these risks. Learn more about health and safety issues for students on study abroad programs.

How do I contact someone in the Office of Multicultural and Global Education?
The OMGE is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may leave a message anytime and your call will be returned. Our office telephone number is 203-582-8425. You can also e-mail omge@quinnipiac.edu or fax us at 203-582-8796. In case of an emergency after normal business hours, contact the OMGE emergency number 203-800-5612.

Who is responsible for making travel arrangements?
Some study abroad program as mentioned previously may include air and land transportation if the travel falls within specified program dates. This may include transfers to and from the airport and even local transportation if the students housing is not near the host campus. It is also a good idea to make flight arrangements well in advance, especially during busy travel months. Any additional travel plans that the student chooses to make are generally not included in the program fee, however there may be optional tours that are available for an additional cost through the sponsoring institution. If the student plans to travel between different countries while abroad, be sure he/she applies for the appropriate visas and clearances in advance.

What are the housing options?
The housing options depend entirely upon the program that is being offered. Many students are expected to live on campus in either single or double occupancy dorm rooms. Others may have the option to live off campus in apartments or participate in a home stay and live in the home of a nearby family. It is also a good idea to find out what is included in the housing package (meals, linens, etc.) so your child will not be caught off guard with any unexpected expenses. Students are required to reside at the study abroad program resident/program housing options.

Will the student be able to communicate without having a firm grasp of the language?
It is possible that wherever the student goes, he/she will be able to find someone that speaks even a little English, but it is always beneficial for the student to make every effort to learn the local language, or at least some key phrases, as it will enable him/her to make the most out of the study abroad experience. If your child is not comfortable with the language, a program should be selected where the courses are taught in English. Another option is to enroll in an intensive language class prior to departure.

How much money is needed when studying abroad?
The amount of money that will be needed for the trip depends on the expenses that the student may be required to pay while abroad. It is a good idea to create a budget prior to departure that separates any known living and school expenses such as food, transportation and text books from general spending money that can be used for independent travel, tourist attraction entrance fees and souvenirs. Keep in mind that having a budget does not mean that the student needs to have to carry cash around for each of these expenses--just know about how much is allotted to each so money for meals is not spent carelessly on souvenirs!

Where can the student exchange money?
To obtain foreign currency, any of the following can be used:

  • Airport Exchange Bureau: Currency exchange offices are available at almost all international airports. Although the rates may not be the lowest, it is probably the most convenient location to exchange money when the student first arrives. Note: because the destination airport is certain to have a large supply of the local currency, its rates for exchange may be lower than the rates at the student's home airport, which may only have a limited supply of the foreign currency.
  • Banks/ATM/Credit Cards: After the student has had a chance to get accustomed to his/her new surroundings, a national bank or an ATM machine can be found, which are known to offer the lowest exchange rates. Using a credit card can also secure a decent exchange rate and is often safer than carrying around a lot of cash. American Express, Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted around the world. Keep in mind, however, that using an ATM/debit card may incur additional bank/commission charges.

With all the money changing options available, the best thing the student can do is to be an educated traveler. Know what the current exchange rate is and be able to calculate how much should be receive in return for each transaction. Also, be safe when carrying money and do not carry all of it at once.

How should I ensure that my son or daughter has access to money overseas?
First, check with your local bank on what they recommend. Generally speaking, your son or daughter will not need to open a bank account overseas, as most international banks accept U.S. ATM cards. ATM cards and credit cards usually have the best exchange rate, so students can save by using them. It is recommended to use cards sparingly in countries with widely fluctuating exchange rates. The cost for charged purchases reflects the rate at the time the account is billed, not when the item is purchased. While credit cards are widely accepted in most countries abroad, students may be tempted to overspend if they rely solely on credit cards. Furthermore, certain establishments will not accept credit cards, so it is important to always have some cash on hand. It is important to note, however, that credit cards are a convenient way to shop abroad. Students do not have to worry about handling large amounts of cash and usually receive very favorable exchange rates.

Students may also use an ATM card in many overseas locations to obtain money in the local currency from a bank at home. Similarly, students can obtain cash from credit cards at either ATMs or local banks. It is a good idea to check with your card company to see if the card's Personal Identification Number (PIN) will work in the destination country. Also check to see if a new PIN for the credit card is needed since some countries use a different number of digits in their PINs.

What are the common means of transportation while abroad?
The chosen program may have an orientation package or session, which will explain the various means of transportation available in that particular location. In Europe, train or subway are popular options. In other countries, taxis or mopeds may be the cheapest and most direct choice. Wherever the student goes it is a good idea to know the local taxi rates and to negotiate a fair deal prior to departing. Also, make sure the student is informed about local driving laws for car and moped rentals and check to see if his/her current car insurance will cover international rentals. For independent travel in Europe, check out the Rail Europe for information on rail passes and car rentals. Visit http://www.raileurope.com for details. All information about travel and transportation can also be found at your travel agency.

What documents are needed to travel abroad?
The actual documents your student will need vary depending on the location of the program. Be sure to contact the hosting institution for official pre-departure information. In all cases, fill out any applications and make all necessary appointments for each document well in advance as it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete the process.

  • Passport: The most widely used form of identification used for international travel is a passport. Almost all foreign countries require that visitors have a passport. For more information regarding the application/renewal process, visit the Department of State's Web site
  • Visa: A visa is a permit from an international country that allows visitors to enter and leave their borders and may be required for the chosen program or by any countries that the student plans to visit while traveling independently. Visas often list planned travel dates and do expire, so be sure to have these dates available when applying. For more information about visas and how to apply, visit the Department of State's Web site. Please note: a visa must be obtained prior to departure, so check with the hosting institution as soon as possible to verify if one is needed.
  • International Certificate of Vaccinations: The student may be required to obtain a number of different vaccinations prior to entering a foreign country. The list of required vaccinations and facilities that can provide these vaccinations should be obtained from your study abroad program.

How can we keep in touch with the student while they are abroad?
Postal mail, telephone, SKYPE and e-mail are all available means by which to communicate with students abroad. While rates may be higher to connect overseas, the services work very similar to those here in the United States. Be sure to find out the appropriate access numbers for the United States as they vary from country to country.

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