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Study Abroad Policy
Overview
The College of Mount Saint Vincent encourages students to participate in study abroad programs. The College offers a number of study abroad options, including semester long programs for study in London, Saint Petersburg, and Florence. 

The College also participates in several study abroad consortia, including the College Consortium for International Studies, the International Partnership for Service Learning, and the Lower Hudson Valley Catholic College and University Consortium. The College also offers a variety of faculty led study abroad programs during the Summer Sessions and the January Intersession. These 2 to 4 week programs have included destinations in China, Russia, Italy and Japan.

Eligibility
Study abroad is normally limited to juniors and first semester seniors. Students should consult the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies for specific requirements. To be eligible for study abroad, students must have an index of at least 2.8 and must obtain the approval of their academic advisor, the chair of their major department, and the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. 

Process
The process is begun with the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. The student presents the reasons for going abroad, since these reasons will influence the choice of country and courses to be taken. Consideration is given to major and foreign language ability, when applicable. A major focus is the opportunity to learn about the people, society, and culture of another country.

Students review programs, courses, cost, and requirements with the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, the chairperson of their major department, and their academic advisor.

A student is given a Study Abroad packet to be completed and used as the contract between the student and the College of Mount Saint Vincent for transfer credits. Transferable courses will be those courses which are comparable to the College of Mount Saint Vincent courses, as well as courses relating to the culture and society of other peoples, e.g. Art of Rome; Societal issues in England, etc. For semester long programs, students are expected to be full time students in their studies abroad. Completed contracts are filed with the office of the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Usually 12-15 credits per semester can be transferred. 

Before leaving for the semester or year abroad, students make a tentative schedule with their academic advisor for the semester of their return to the College. Information on many programs can be reviewed in Founders Hall, Room 105 and discussed with the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. All students are encouraged to investigate the many possibilities for an international experience in studying abroad.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad Programs
Enrollment in a full-time, semester-long program of study that is approved for credit by the College may be considered enrollment in the College for purposes of a student applying for federal student financial assistance.