Tanya R. Saunders, Assistant Provost of International Programs and Extended Studies
The Office of International Programs encourages students to enhance their undergraduate program with a summer, semester, or year of international study experience. Our staff members can assist students in selecting study programs that fulfill their academic needs as well as their personal interests. With careful planning, students in any major can study abroad.
In addition to sponsoring student exchanges with universities in such places as Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, and Sweden, Ithaca College administers its own program in London. The Ithaca College London Center offers a variety of courses and a number of internships. The College continues to develop new opportunities for students to study abroad, including faculty-led programs.
Through affiliate arrangements with a number of other institutions of higher learning and study abroad program providers, students may study various disciplines in many countries around the globe. Consult the Office of International Programs website for a current list of affiliated study abroad options. Note that the list of affiliates is subject to review, and affiliated options may be changed without notice.
With the permission of Ithaca College, students may also elect to study abroad with non-affiliated programs sponsored by other accredited U.S. colleges or international institutions.
Students planning to study abroad, whether through an Ithaca College program, an affiliated or a nonaffiliated program, must have the approval of the Office of International Programs. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required for general approval to study abroad, however, many programs have a GPA requirement of 3.00 or higher.
Study in an Affiliated Program
Students enrolled in affiliated programs are guaranteed academic credit for their study abroad programs, but petitions for assignment of credit are required to ensure that the credit is applicable to their degree program. Grades received are calculated into students’ grade point average, and students are eligible to register in advance for the semester they return from study abroad.
Students who withdraw from an affiliated study abroad program must be attentive to refund deadlines, both those of the affiliate and those of Ithaca College, as there may be serious financial implications involved in withdrawing from a program near or after the start date of that program. Students are responsible for informing both the affiliate organization and the Office of International Programs should they withdraw from a planned study abroad program.
Students who attend programs recognized by the College as affiliated study abroad programs are subject to the following refund policy:
- If a student withdraws from the program before the actual start date of the program, consideration for any refund will be based on the policies assessed by the affiliate program. The student will be responsible for paying any remaining fees, charges, or withdrawal penalties assessed by the affiliate organization.
- A student who withdraws after the start of the program will be subject to the Ithaca College refund policies. Further information can be found online: Student Billing Services (http://www.ithaca.edu/studentbilling/) Student Financial Services (http://www.ithaca.edu/finaid/policies)
Students applying to an affiliated program should not take a leave of absence. Students participating in affiliated study-abroad programs will be required to pay the Ithaca College tuition charge. In the event that the affiliate program tuition charge is greater than Ithaca College tuition, students will be billed by Ithaca College for the additional amount. Students will also be billed by Ithaca College for the room and board charges associated with the affiliated program and a fee for international health insurance. Students will remit payment directly to Ithaca College for tuition, room and board, and the health insurance. Ithaca College reimburses the affiliate program for these charges after payments and financial aid have been applied to the students’ Ithaca College accounts. Students studying full-time with affiliate programs may be eligible for Ithaca College financial aid. They may also be eligible for federal and state financial aid programs.
Study in a Nonaffiliated Program
There are numerous U.S. college-sponsored programs of study abroad in addition to programs offered by the universities of many countries. The Office of International Programs has a library of materials about both kinds of programs.
Students enrolled in nonaffiliated programs are not guaranteed academic credit for their study abroad unless petitions for transfer credit have been approved in advance for the courses they take. Ithaca College will grant transfer credit only for grades of C- or better, but grades are not calculated into the students’ Ithaca College grade point average. Students are eligible to register in advance for the semester they return from study abroad, provided they have taken an approved leave of absence. Students on an approved leave of absence must have a $400 deposit on account at Ithaca College and pay a $415 administrative fee for study abroad to the College. Students studying with such a program are not eligible for Ithaca College financial aid. Federal funds, however, may be applicable to participation in nonaffiliated programs that are run by Title IV-eligible institutions. Students with financial need should inquire directly to the program of interest about extramural scholarships and consult with the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students who wish to apply federal funds toward the cost of participation in a Title IV-eligible nonaffiliated program should submit bills for tuition and fees from the nonaffiliated program to Ithaca College’s Office of Student Financial Services. Payment should then be made to Ithaca College for the full amount due, less any federal funds already posted to the student’s account. Ithaca College will then pay the nonaffiliated program. Students who do not receive federal funds should make payment directly to the nonaffiliated program.
Application Procedures for Study Abroad
- Consult an adviser in the Office of International Programs to learn more about options and procedures. Obtain a copy of the Ithaca College guidelines for study abroad. (http://www.ithaca.edu/oip/docs/study_abroad/sa_guide/study_abroad_guide.pdf)
- Meet with the academic adviser to discuss plans and select appropriate courses from the program’s offerings. Upcoming seniors should also obtain and complete a graduation worksheet in conjunction with the academic adviser.
- Apply to the chosen study abroad program.
- Make an appointment with an adviser in the Office of International Programs to go over the paperwork required to obtain Ithaca College approval for the plans.
- The Office of International Programs must be notified of plans to study in an affiliated or nonaffiliated program by November 1, 2016, for the spring semester, and by April 1, 2017, for the summer/fall semesters.
- Attend mandatory study abroad orientation sessions. There are several orientations held in April and November of each year. Contact the Office of International Programs for further information.
Study at the London Center
The Ithaca College London Center offers an academic study program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students from Ithaca and other colleges and universities in the United States who want an international study experience of a summer or one or two semesters during their undergraduate years are invited to participate. The London Center’s curriculum includes courses in the liberal arts, business, communications, music, and sport studies that are designed to take advantage of the social and cultural milieu of London. There is also a specialized program in theater arts for students beyond their first year majoring or minoring in this area.
The London Center is housed in a restored Victorian mansion in the South Kensington district of the city. Most faculty members are British and convey a perspective that helps students understand British society and develop cross-cultural awareness. Excursions and visits to various institutions, cultural centers, and museums are an integral part of the curriculum, while presentations by guest lecturers bring students into contact with distinguished individuals from a variety of disciplines.
Students carry a full academic load while studying in London and enjoy many opportunities for class-related trips and other educational travel.
Transportation and living costs vary, but London Center students pay regular Ithaca College tuition. Students receive assistance in finding flats in London.
Financial aid arrangements available in Ithaca, including New York State scholarships and rehabilitation grants, are available to students at the London Center. In addition, students may compete for a limited number of small supplemental grants and scholarships. Resident assistant stipends are not available in London, and college work-study positions are limited. Students who wish to do work-study in London must apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa, and pay the $500 visa application fee set by the British government.
London Center Study Abroad Program
Participation in the London Center program — whether for a summer, a semester, or a year — is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students from Ithaca College and other U.S. institutions. A minimum 2.50 cumulative average and approval by the applicant’s dean are required for admission to the London Center, in addition to an academic reference, an essay, and judicial review.
The London Center features a special program in British theater and internships in a number of fields, including but not limited to English, history, art history, theater, business, communications, economics, music education, politics, and social services. See the Office of International Programs website for updated course listings and descriptions.
In cooperation with the Department of Theatre Arts, the Office of International Programs offers a theater program in London. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding and experience of British cultural life — both historical and modern — through the medium of the theater.
All students in the theater program take either a 9-credit or 6-credit core class option that involves classroom lectures and attendance at theatrical performances. In addition, students may take an internship, a performance course (either THEA 23000 or THEA 33200), THEA 13700, or any other course offered at the London Center.
Theatre Program Enrollment Policy
The theater program is designed for juniors and seniors. The theater program is selective, with priority given to theater majors.
Internships, a special feature of the London Center program, are available in many different fields, each with its own internship coordinator, who locates placement opportunities for students and supervises the internship once secured. Students must submit an internship application in addition to the application for admission to the London Center. Interns work at a placement site 16 hours per week for the duration of the semester and earn 3 credits. All internships are unpaid. Students wishing to do an internship will need to apply for and obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa from the British Consulate. The Office of International Programs and the London Center will provide guidance to those students requiring a visa.
Study at Ithaca-Sponsored Sites
Ithaca College has exchange agreements in Australia with Griffith University in Brisbane and, La Trobe University in Melbourne. Both universities have a wide range of course offerings, and students from any major will find classes to suit their program of study.
Ithaca College is a partner in the Killiam Fellowships Program. This program provides exceptional undergraduate students from select universities in Canada and the United States with the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Ithaca College students may apply for this very competitive program, which awards $10,000 for a full year of study and $5,000 for a semester. Students choose from approximately 15 possible Canadian universities.
Ithaca College has a number of exchange relationships with institutions in China. Beijing Sport University and Chengdu Sport University offer limited coursework in English, with a focus primarily on sport and exercise related fields, but also offer programs in economics and management, journalism, and foreign language. Students attending the University of Hong Kong may select courses from those offered either by the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Arts, which may be appropriate for students in a wide variety of majors. Students attending Hong Kong Baptist University may select courses only from those offered by the Department of Physical Education. Additional partnerships have recently been formed with China West Normal University, Fudan University (School of Economics), and Shanghai Normal University.
Ithaca College has an exchange agreement with SRH University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg. This program offers a 3-week summer session program for Business students in English, as well as full semester exchange. Coursework offered in English during the academic year is limited, depending upon the field of study.
The Ithaca College Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) has an exchange agreement with the Institute for Technology in Carlow, Ireland. The program features an athletic training program of study and clinical education component.
Ithaca College has exchange agreements with Akita International University and the University of Tsukuba. These programs are open to all Ithaca College students. The programs can be for a spring semester or a full year and are ideal for students wishing to learn Japanese and deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture.
Ithaca College has signed an exchange agreement with Hanyang University in South Korea. This exchange program is open to all Ithaca College students. Some courses are available in English, and programs for students interested in studying the Korean language and learning about Korean culture are offered. No prior Korean is required. Summer sessions are available on this exchange program.
Ithaca College has an exchange agreement with the School of Information and Communication and the School of Business at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Students who will be juniors and seniors at the time of the exchange in Singapore are eligible to apply to this rigorous program. Program prerequisites include evidence of good judicial standing at Ithaca College, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to adhere to behavioral norms and a personal code of conduct appropriate for this Southeast Asian society.
Ithaca College has an agreement with the University of Valencia, allowing two students to be exchanged from each campus every year. Valencia is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The university has nearly 60,000 students and a wide range of course offerings suitable for almost any major. This program is specifically intended for students with advanced Spanish language skills, because all courses are taught in Spanish and participants will be in classes with native Spanish speakers.
Ithaca College and Jönköping University in Sweden have an exchange agreement. This program is open to all Ithaca College students, but courses must be chosen either from the School of Health and Welfare or the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University.
Ithaca College is pursuing a number of international connections throughout the world. Please contact the Office of International Programs for the latest information on new programs.