Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I go?
Almost anywhere! We have more than 100 approved programs in over 60 countries on six continents. To find the program that is right for you, stop by our office in Vulgamore Hall and check our brochures or visit the Study Abroad section of this Web site.
Do I have to be fluent in a foreign language?
No, there are many programs taught in English all over the world.
Will the classes I take abroad count toward my degree?
Yes! All credits come back as Albion credit when you study on an Albion approved program. Some classes can count toward your major as long as you get prior approval from your department chair and the registrar. Also, you can fulfill your global category by studying abroad and keeping a journal that you will turn in when you come back. (Journal guidelines are available in our office.)
Can I use financial aid to cover my expenses?
Yes. You can use 75% of your Albion Scholarship and 100% of any need-based financial aid toward the actual cost of your program. You can also check with the Financial Aid office to check on student loans to cover the cost of airfare, passport, and other fees related to your program. There are also grants and scholarships available. Check this link on our site for more information.
Do I need to have a certain GPA to study abroad?
Yes. You must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA to apply to study off-campus; some programs have higher GPA requirements. You must also have successfully completed the Writing Competency Exam before you leave to study abroad.
Where will I live?
Housing options vary by program, with some offering a room in a residence hall, some with a host family, and some a shared apartment. Meals may be in a dining hall, or you may have access to your own kitchen to prepare your own meals.
What is the application deadline?
Generally, spring programs have a deadline in the fall preceding the semester you study abroad. Summer, fall, and academic-year programs have a deadline of early spring. Japan Studies spring-only has a deadline of a full year before you leave for your program, while Japan Studies yearlong and London School of Economics have a deadline in January.