Spring 2020 cohort (half)

Where HU Bison Go Abroad

HOW TO STUDY ABROAD FOR CREDIT THROUGH SELECT PROVIDERS:

  1. Register to attend a virtual Study Abroad Information Session HERE.
  2. Meet with academic advisor/ major department and make a list of all unfulfilled graduation requirements acceptable to be taken off-campus
  3. Review RBC Program Provider options HERE and identify those with equivalent courses available.
  4. Select one program that offers 6 or more courses (18+ credits) applicable to your major scheme. Courses listed on provider websites are not always guaranteed once abroad, so it is important to select and gain approval for more classes than you’ll actually take.
  5. Contact the selected study abroad organization directly to request syllabi and/or to ask specific questions about the program selected.
  6. Return to your academic advisor or major department and review/confirm selected study abroad program. Begin the course approval process (video explanation HERE (available shortly).
  7. Schedule a 20 minute Advising Session HERE and pop into the 2nd floor offices of the Bunche Center at your appointed time to discuss your selected program and any questions you may have.
  8. Complete the study abroad provider Bison Abroad Application HERE, which requires:
    1. a pdf upload of a signed course approval form
    2. a pdf upload of the photograph page of your valid passport
    3. one short essay
    4. biographical and program related information
  9. Submit the application for the study abroad program provider by the Program Provider’s application deadline (early October or November).

SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  •  A minimum of 2 semesters of course work at Howard (virtual or in-person).
  • Good Standing on campus (academic, financial & judicial).
  • Faculty approval to earn 12 or more credits abroad.
  • Valid passport prior to the Pre-Departure Orientation.
  • Financially prepared to travel independently for at least 2-months (pre-financial aid reimbursement).
  • Must be able to earn final 15 credits of degree on Howard’s campus.
  • Cumulative GPA must meet program requirement.
  • Foreign language proficiency must meet program requirement.

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  •  A minimum of 2 semesters of course work at Howard (virtual or in-person).
  • Good Standing on campus (academic, financial & judicial).
  • Faculty approval to earn 1+ or more credits abroad.
  • Valid passport prior to the Pre-Departure Orientation.
  • Financially prepared to travel independently for duration of the program.
  • Must be able to earn final 15 credits of degree on Howard’s campus.
  • Cumulative GPA must meet program requirement.
  • Foreign language proficiency must meet program requirement.

TOP 10 BISON ABROAD FAQS:

When can I study abroad?

Students are eligible to study abroad after they have spent two semesters studying on Howard’s campus and up to the fall semester of their senior year.
Note: Students should prepare to study abroad NOW. The more electives, language classes and general courses that you have left on your scheme, the more locations that you have the option of traveling to.

How long can I study abroad?

Through the RBC, Howard students can study for up to 1- academic year and/or during the summer as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

Where can I study abroad?

Howard Students can study abroad in the following regions, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the South Pacific, and the Middle East.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

Studying abroad at Howard can be approximately the same price as staying on campus! The price will depend on the program that you select.

Does my Howard scholarship apply to study abroad?

Yes, during the academic school year. However, these funds are not applicable during summer study abroad. Private scholarships and loans can be used during the summer with advance preparation.

Do I have to know a foreign language to go abroad?

No. You can travel to many different countries and take class in English and classes to learn the local language. However, a few programs do have a language requirement.

Where would I live while abroad?

Howard students have multiple options including, a homestay, an apartment, or on- campus. The choice is generally up to the student and dependent upon what the program offers in any given city.

Do I need a passport?

Should I be worried about my security while abroad?

Howard students must travel to locations that are not listed on the US State Department’s Travel Warning List. Thus, travel abroad is generally safe and students are no more at threat abroad than in the US.

Why should I study abroad?

There are a million different reasons to go abroad, but a few are as follows:

  • To experience & learn a new culture and language
  • To learn about your major/minor from an international perspective
  • To learn about the US from an outside context
  • To experience a new university style/system
  • To make yourself a competitive applicant for future opportunities (jobs, internships, fellowships, graduate school, etc.)