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Common Concerns of Parents & Families

Students work closely with their academic adviser, a study abroad adviser, professors in their major(s) and the registrar to have courses pre-approved before departure. Students take 15 to 16 credits abroad and can satisfy requirements for their major(s), minor(s) and/or the Core Curriculum while abroad, to remain on track for four year graduation. Grades earned abroad are not factored into the SNC grade point average. Students must earn a “C” or higher in order to receive transfer credit for courses. Students can be placed on credit probation if they do not complete 15-16 credits during their semester abroad. 

Regardless of the program, students are charged SNC tuition. Room and board are charged at SNC rates only if housing and a meal plan are included in the program. Students remain enrolled at SNC when abroad and are billed through the Finance Department. Additional costs include: a $400 administrative fee, airfare, passport, visa and personal expenses abroad. These costs will vary based on destination and students’ spending habits. All the study abroad program pages include a budget sheet which breaks down the cost of each program.

Financial aid is applied to study abroad for one semester of off-campus study. Tuition-waiver students and students planning to study abroad for two semesters must select an exchange program.

International health insurance is mandatory for all students. Students are automatically enrolled in HTH Worldwide. Students create individual accounts to access their information. 

Safety & Security
Students are not allowed to study in countries where a U.S. Department of State travel warning is in place. Helpful tips, contact information and policies are also outlined in the Study Abroad Handbook, which students are instructed to take with them abroad. Students are encouraged to use U.S. Dept of State: Students Abroad to further prepare. 

Student Support
We assist students in finding a program that meets their academic and personal needs, as well as guide them through the application process, pre-departure and return process. 

Students are responsible for arranging transportation from the airport to their host institution. Options vary by program.

Passport & Visa
Students are responsible for obtaining a passport and visa (if required) for study. 

Housing Accommodations
Each program varies with respect to room and board. Students are generally housed in residence halls, apartments or with host families. 

Responsibility for Learning
A study abroad experience has potential for personal, academic and professional development. Students must have a certain level of independence and be prepared to take responsibility for their travel and their overall experience abroad.

Students are encouraged to inform their family of their itinerary, including arrival and departure dates, contact information abroad, major travels and emergency contact information. 

The best way to access funds while abroad is by using an ATM or opening a bank account in the host country. Credit cards may provide a good exchange rate but are subject to foreign transaction fees. Students are advised to discuss international travel plans with bank and credit card issuers prior to departure. 

In the case of an emergency, we encourage parents to have a valid passport.

Power of Attorney
Students may consider providing Power of Attorney to their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) while abroad.

U.S. Department of State
Students are encouraged to register with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), which includes tips for traveling abroad, information on travel alerts and travel warnings, and document requirements.

See our FAQ web page for additional information.