What should I do first?
Your first step will be to attend one of our mandatory information sessions. They are held each Thursday at 1:00pm in Sawyer 1023.
What are the requirements to study abroad?
- You must be a currently enrolled student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (some programs have higher GPA requirements).
- You must have sophomore or junior standing by the time you plan to go abroad.
- Students with less than 30 credits (first year students) OR students within 30 credits of graduation (seniors) may only study at our Madrid campus.
- You must not have transferred in to Suffolk with more than 60 credits.
- You must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with the university.
Where can I study?
Suffolk has study abroad programs in 25 countries. Some programs are open to all majors, others are open only to Arts & Sciences students or only to Business students. To determine which majors are available at any of our programs, please refer to our majors chart.
What can I study?
To build a schedule, you will need to review the courses on offer at each program site via the link on the program page. You will meet with your academic advisor to discuss your schedule.
What are the application deadlines?
The deadline for studying abroad in the Fall or Academic Year is March 15. The deadline for Spring semester programs is October 15, and for Summer programs is March 15.
What is the application process?
You will need to fill out the Suffolk Study Abroad Application, and for some programs, also fill out the program’s application form. All applications should be submitted to the Suffolk Study Abroad Office for processing. Once your application is complete, you should receive a decision from the overseas program, in approximately 2-5 weeks depending on the program. While abroad you are registered both at Suffolk and at the school overseas. A review of a student's academic background and University record is required as part of the Suffolk University Study Abroad admissions process. To be considered for admission to our programs, students should have, at the time of application, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, however some programs may require a higher GPA. Meeting or exceeding the minimum cumulative GPA requirement, however, does not guarantee admission to a program. Admissions decisions are based on a full review of the file, including the academic recommendation, the personal statement, and academic and disciplinary records. Once admitted, students who are not in good standing or determined by the University not to be in compliance with any academic requirement or other rule, requirement or procedure of the University may be precluded from participation in a Suffolk Study Abroad Program. All admission decisions are final.
How long can I go abroad?
Students can go abroad for a maximum total of two semesters and a summer. Suffolk faculty-led program options may be as short as three weeks or as many as 8 weeks.
Where will I live?
Housing options vary by program. Students are housed in either dormitories, shared apartments, or homestays. Not all housing options are available at every program and no housing preferences are guaranteed. Refer to the program page for more details on housing options at specific programs.
How much will it cost?
Tuition charges for all Suffolk study abroad programs are Suffolk tuition fees (up to 17 credits). Students who wish to take more than the equivalent of 17 credits will have to pay an additional per-credit charge. Housing fees vary by program and estimates are given on each programs’ information page. More detailed fees are distributed at advising appointments.
Can I use my financial aid?
You may use financial aid, with the exception of work study, on any Suffolk study abroad program. If you are using financial aid to pay for your housing fees, you must fill out a consortium agreement which is available at the Financial Aid office. You do not need this form if you are using financial aid for tuition fees only. Students going on non-Suffolk programs are unable to take institutional aid abroad.
If I go to a country where the native language is not English, will I have to know how to speak the language?
Classes at our Study Abroad programs are generally taught in English. Some require that you take a language course as part of your course load while abroad (Italy,Japan, and Spain programs). While this is not required at all programs, we do recommend that you study the language while you are abroad in order to help you communicate outside the classroom and make the most of your experience!
Do I need a visa?
Most programs do require a visa, however this varies by program and by your own citizenship. Note that obtaining the visa is the responsibility of the student. Please refer to the visa section of our website for more information.
Can I work while I am abroad?
In most cases the answer is no. If you are not a citizen of the country you are studying in, and are on a visa, you usually are prohibited from working while you are abroad. Some countries do allow you to work while you are abroad, but the number of hours you can work is strictly limited. Check with the consulate of the country you will be studying in.
Can I go on a program that is not approved by Suffolk?
We do not assist students with the application process or selection of non-Suffolk programs, however, for risk management purposes, we do still require that students submit a Suffolk study abroad application form. Credits from non-Suffolk programs are considered transfer credit, and students will pay all fees directly to the non-Suffolk program. You are not registered at Suffolk during your semester abroad in this case. Institutional financial aid is not portable for non-Suffolk programs.