As American businesses expand overseas, the need for culturally adept employees, those who know about and are able to work across cultural boundaries, is increasing. Rapidly expanding technology and transportation connect all corners of the globe and to remain competitive among your peers from overseas, you need to be able to negotiate within a worldwide context. You can also strengthen your foreign language ability, increase your knowledge of a particular discipline, and enhance your classroom learning with experiential learning. Better still, through an overseas experience, you can gain a more global perspective that may allow you to see the rest of the world with “new eyes.” If you take the time to include overseas study as part of your education, you may also reap the benefits of cross-cultural living within the boundaries of the U.S. Studying abroad may also help you succeed in our exceedingly multicultural American society. Many students describe overseas study as a lifechanging experience. It will affect the way you relate to your own culture as well as to the rest of the world.
VU students planning to spend a year or semester abroad have several options:
VU students planning to spend a summer abroad also have several options:
VU and non-VU Summer Programs have their own policies and procedures. Specific information is available from
If you do not find a program on the VU list of Overseas Program Providers (available on our website) suitable to your interests, you may petition the Office of International Studies (OIS) for approval. The Petition for Overseas Program Approval can be downloaded from our website or obtained directly from the OIS.
No. The opportunities for study abroad are not limited to language majors or those with knowledge of foreign languages. All programs provide language training while some offer courses taught in English even in non-English speaking countries.
Working with a representative of the Office of International Studies, you must complete a Prior Approval Form. The Prior Approval Form designates courses approved by the appropriate faculty for transfer credit.
In 2001, Villanova University adopted a tuition policy governing its semester study abroad programs. Under this policy, you will be billed by Villanova University for the total cost of VU tuition for each semester overseas. Non-Tuition costs such as room and board are not paid to Villanova University, but are instead paid to the overseas university or program in which you enroll. In general, these room and board costs tend to be about the same as they would be at Villanova. Keep in mind, though, that several factors have to be taken into consideration, such as geography, travel, expenses, and fluctuating exchange rates when calculating additional costs. Please note that the above tuition policy does not affect summer study abroad. All summer program fees are paid directly to the program, whether you enroll in a VU Summer program or a non-VU Summer program.
Students who elect to study abroad on a Villanova approved program remain enrolled at Villanova and therefore have access to privileges such as email, Novasis, and online registration. Most importantly, coursework successfully completed overseas transfers to your Villanova transcript and counts towards graduation. Credit earned abroad is applied towards major, minor and core requirements as approved prior to departure. Charging normal Villanova tuition for overseas study allows us to cover the cost without raising the general tuition, imposing fees, or cutting other programs. It also makes study abroad ‘transparent’ in that you pay the same tuition at home and abroad, allowing you to choose your overseas programs based on academic rather than financial factors.
Yes: because you pay Villanova tuition, you remain a fulltime student, and all financial assistance applies. Whether you have grants or federal aid that money is credited to your account as if you had stayed at Villanova. In addition, Villanova University academic scholarships are applicable for study abroad semesters except for Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange and Augustinian Relative Grants.
All eligible students may apply federal, state, and institutional financial aid for a year or semester abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to cover non-tuition costs. For more information contact the Office of Financial Assistance, 610.519.4012.
The full tuition policy, a cost estimate worksheet, and scholarships information for overseas study is available on the Office of International Studies’ website.
All Villanova students considering overseas study are required to attend a group information session. At this mandatory information session, you will receive information on how to research programs that will meet your needs and goals. These meetings are typically held four days a week, twice a day in order to accommodate the busy student schedule. You should make an appointment for your information session by calling 610.519.6412 or stopping by the Office of International Studies on the 2nd floor of Middleton Hall.