Thinking about a summer study abroad program? This guide will help you decide if a summer program is the best option for you, as well as provide you with information about how to choose and get credit for the program.
Did you know that the vast majority of our students who study abroad do so for a semester or academic year? This is why:
There are two types of summer study abroad programs Affiliated and Recommended.
Affiliated Programs: Students transfer credit and grades back to Gettysburg College. These credits DO NOT count toward the overall limitation of credits able to be transferred into Gettysburg College once a student has matriculated (check with the Registrar for specifics on this policy as some caveats apply). In some cases, Financial Aid may be used for summer study on Affiliated Programs.
Recommended Programs: This is not an exhaustive list of summer study abroad programs, but ones OCS feels comfortable recommending. To look for more programs please visit StudyAbroad.com or IIEPassport.org.All course work needs to be pre-approved by the appropriate Gettysburg faculty.)
Students transfer credit back to Gettysburg as transfer credit (no grades). Credits count toward the overall limitation of credits able to be transferred into Gettysburg College once a student has matriculated (check with the Registrar for specifics on this policy).
Aside from course offerings and location, these are other important points to consider:
Duration - Programs range in length from about 3 weeks to 15 weeks. They may start as early as the middle of May or as late as the beginning of August.
Cost - Program costs vary dramatically. They can be as little as $3,000 and as much as $16,000. There are scholarships opportunities for summer study abroad. Read the fine print when looking at program costs to see what is included in the fees and how much additional money will be needed out of pocket (are meals, travel, insurance, etc. included or extra?).
The Registrar’s Office handles the transfer of credit for summer study abroad programs. If you are doing an Affiliated Program, you need to pick up and fill out the yellow form from the Registrar. If you are doing a Recommended (or other) Program, you need to pick up and fill out the green form from the Registrar.
If you have read through this information and feel that you need additional guidance, please make an appointment with an OCS advisor.