Skip to content

Students Frequently Asked Questions

As American businesses expand overseas, the need for culturally adept employees, those who know about and are able to work across cultural boundaries, is increasing. Rapidly expanding technology and transportation connect all corners of the globe and to remain competitive among your peers from overseas, you need to be able to negotiate within a worldwide context. You can also strengthen your foreign language ability, increase your knowledge of a particular discipline, and enhance your classroom learning with experiential learning. Better still, through an overseas experience; you can gain a more global perspective that may allow you to see the rest of the world with “new eyes.” If you take the time to include an overseas study as part of your education, you may also reap the benefits of cross-cultural living within the boundaries of the U.S. Studying abroad may also help you succeed in our exceedingly multicultural American society. Many students describe the overseas study as a life-changing experience. It will affect the way you relate to your own culture as well as to the rest of the world.
QU students planning to spend a year or semester abroad have several options through our approved program partners. This includes, but is not limited to Quinnipiac’s direct semester program located at University College Cork in Ireland. QU students planning to spend a summer or winter session abroad also have several options. Quinnipiac University faculty members lead international summer/winter and spring break programs to several different locations every year. Each programs have their own policies and procedures. Specific information on programs is available at the Office of Global Engagement.
Semester abroad and short-term partner programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to begin the process. Faculty led programs GPA requirement is set by the faculty member overseeing the trip.
No. The opportunities for education abroad are not limited to language majors or those with knowledge of foreign languages. All programs provide language training while some offer courses taught in English even in non-English speaking countries.
Working with the Office of Global Engagement, you must complete a prior study abroad course approval form. This form designates courses approved by the appropriate dean for transfer credit.

To ensure appropriate credit transfer, it is your responsibility to confirm the final course schedule for each semester abroad with the Quinnipiac’s Registrar after registration has been completed at the overseas institution.

Credit for work completed within a semester program overseas will appear on your QU transcript and become part of your GPA. For non-QU Summer/Winter programs student will not be given a letter grade, you will receive transfer credit for all courses in which you receive a grade of equivalent to a “C” or higher. 
1. Quinnipiac University adopted a tuition policy governing its semester study abroad programs. Under this policy. A student’s study abroad charges include, but is not limited to: QU tuition/fees and standard room (QU meal plan is not charged and the student is responsible for this separately)
 A. If a student is selected for a QU exchange program abroad, charges include: study abroad tuition/fees (housing fees will be paid by the student directly to host institution) (QU meal plan is not charged), and an obligatory overseas emergency and medical insurance and security assistance plan
B.  When studying through a QU approved study abroad and/or exchange program, the student is expected to cover the cost of additional expenses, including but not limited to airfare, refundable security deposit, application fee, withdrawal fees, visa, meals, academic materials, lab fees, public transportation, personal travel, internet usage, etc.  Inclusions and exclusions vary by program. Keep in mind, though, that several factors have to be taken into consideration, such as geography, travel, expenses, and fluctuating exchange rates when calculating additional costs.
C. Please note that the above tuition policy does not affect non-QU short term study abroad programs. All non-QU short term partner program fees are paid directly to the program. Quinnipiac University requires that all students studying abroad purchase international medical and security assistance and accident sickness plans.
Students who elect to study abroad on a Quinnipiac approved program remain enrolled at QU and therefore have access to privileges such as email, MYQ, and online registration. Most importantly, coursework successfully completed and approved overseas transfers to your Quinnipiac transcript and counts towards graduation. Credit earned abroad is applied towards major, minor and core requirements as approved prior to departure.
Please refer to the question above “how much will it cost to study abroad.”
Option 1: QU will bill the cost of the study abroad semester program to the student and the student can utilize any loans toward the cost. Scholarships or grants are not applied in Option 1.

Option 2: Pay QU's tuition/fees and housing. All financial aid that the student is awarded (grants, scholarships, loans, etc.) are applicable for Option 2.
Yes: because you pay Quinnipiac tuition, you remain a full time student, and all financial assistance applies. Whether you have grants, federal aid, or even University scholarships, that money is credited to your account as if you had stayed at Quinnipiac. All eligible students may apply federal, state, and institutional financial aid for a year or semester abroad.
All Quinnipiac students considering studying abroad are required to attend an education abroad information session. At this mandatory information session, you will receive information on policies, procedures, and deadlines. Also, student will learn how to research programs that will meet their needs and goals. These meetings are typically held at start of every semester.  It is crucial for students to schedule a meeting with their academic advisor to discuss their interest in studying abroad and to determine how they will fulfill graduation requirements through education abroad. The earlier you plan, the more likely you will be able to fit in an educational experience abroad.