STUDY ABROAD

Imagine.

Europe. South America. Asia. Australia. That’s what we ask you to do…and we’ll help you put a dream in your hand!

There are universities on 6 of the 7 continents and you could expand your personal and potential professional life by seeing how other cultures live, learn, and work.

How would a semester in another country look in your resume? You show that you have stepped out and expanded your perspectives! And your employer can see that semester as a value-added part of your liberal arts education.

Your academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office can assist you with courses that will fit within your degree area, or as elective credits.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION

Students are highly encouraged to study abroad to enhance their educational experience, and then their global perspectives. Regardless of major, we can help link you with a program for your interests….and expanding your world.

Semester / Year Study Abroad

All students in good academic standing at the University of Providence are eligible to apply to participate in the institution’s study abroad programs. Please note that GPA requirements may vary by program, but the minimum requirement is 2.5 as well as at least sophomore standing at the time of travel.

Faculty Led Programs

All students in good academic standing at the University of Providence are eligible to apply to participate in the institution’s faculty led travel courses. These courses are topic-specific, credit bearing, and last at least 4 weeks.

Faculty Led Tours

All students in good academic standing at the University of Providence are eligible to apply to participate in the institution’s faculty led travel tours. Trips vary from 7-14 days. Academic credit in the Exploring the Liberal Arts core block is available.

Program Offerings

University Owned Programs
Montana Alliance – Semester in Italy

Bilateral Exchange Agreements
St. Mary’s University College (England)
Karlstad University (Sweden)

Third Party Programs
USAC  (http://usac.unr.edu)
CISabroad (http://www.cisabroad.com)
ISAabroad (http://studiesabroad.com)
GoAbroad.com (http://www.goabroad.com)

Faculty Led Study Tours
EF Tours
CISabroad (http://www.cisabroad.com)
ISAabroad (http://studiesabroad.com)
GoAbroad.com (http://www.goabroad.com)

Click here for descriptions of University of Providence Travel Abroad courses.

Please remember that planning a trip abroad of any kind takes at least a year in advance.

Application Process

For more information about studying abroad, please contact:

Katrina Stark, DM
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Coordinator of Study Abroad
1301 20th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: +1 406 791 5332
Fax: +1 406 791 5990
Email: katrina.stark@uprovidence.edu

Additional Information

Planning Considerations

Courses to Take?
One of the most important elements in choosing a program is to pick one that complements your major and fits with your future goals. You should seek out a program that offers courses you need to continue progressing toward graduation at a steady rate. Before choosing or applying to a program, it is extremely important for students to consider several factors: goals, interests, budget, and more. Picking a place based solely on the travel opportunities it provides isn’t the best way to choose a study abroad experience.

Where do you want to go?
We all know of Paris, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Florence, or London, and it’s tempting to go to a place you’re already familiar with, but it’s also worth considering places with which you’re not as familiar. Cities are great for visiting, but sometimes you get a more authentic cultural experience in a secondary city. Not only is the cost of living lower, but it’s easier to immerse yourself in the host culture when you’re not surrounded by Americans and services catering to a large tourist population.

Living the life!
Consider how much interaction you’ll have with locals. Do you have the opportunity to live in a home stay, apartment or residence hall with local students, or are you only placed with other Americans? Are there opportunities for internships, service-learning, or volunteer activities that will get you out in the community?

Language?
We strongly recommend that you study a local language of the place where you’re studying, even if its not required or that’s not the reason you’re studying abroad. Learning the language is a sign of respect to your local hosts. Talk to your academic advisor about whether you can afford to take the language for elective credits only.

Length of Study?
Some students choose to study abroad in the summer, thinking that it will be less expensive or that they don’t have enough room in their schedule to study abroad in the semester. It is usually less expensive to study abroad during the semester compared to the summer. There are also more opportunities for scholarships, immersion, and wider course selection during semester and academic yearlong programs. Also, no one ever said, “I wish I hadn’t studied abroad as long as I did.”

Time to Play!
The classroom learning is important, but what you get outside of the classroom is just as impactful. When it comes time for the destination, here are some things about which to think: What cultural activities are available to you? What is the nightlife like? How easy is it for you to get on a plane, bus, or train to go travel around the region?