Why Study Abroad?
Succeed in school. Develop professional skills. Grow as a person.
There are many reasons why you should study abroad, and they all fit into three important categories: academic, professional, and personal.
*STUDENTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD BY JUNE 17, 2020*
According to research, study abroad alumni have higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than their peers who do not study abroad. Plus, study abroad alumni earn graduate degrees at a higher rate than their peers. These trends hold true across gender, socioeconomic, and racial demographics.
In short, students who study abroad achieve at higher rates than those who do not. Part of this success might be attributed to the cognitive growth students experience when they travel internationally.
In addition to succeeding at higher rates in college, study abroad alumni also get a quicker start to their careers. According to one study, 90% of study abroad alumni got a job within the first six months of their graduation – compared to just 49% of overall college graduates. Plus, the starting salaries of students with international experience averaged $7,000 a year more than the average starting salaries of students without such experience.
Thus, study abroad can be a springboard to professional success. In part, this might be due to the practical experience students get in transferable skills like communication, tolerance, adaptability, and problem solving. Of course, international experience is critical in today’s global economy.
Study abroad alumni report an increase in self-confidence, maturity, and greater independence. Their international experiences lead to a more sophisticated worldview, and an appreciation for foreign cultures. They report a broader diversity in their friendships. And, to their surprise, they often report a deeper appreciation for their own culture.
Plus, traveling abroad will challenge you. Many participants report learning as much about themselves as they learn about the course material.
Studying abroad is more than just a fun thing to do. It changes you in ways that enhance your academic, professional, and personal skills.
*Studies referenced can be found at https://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/About/Why-Study-Abroad
Join FGC in its inaugural study abroad experience! In the B6 semester of Summer 2020, FGC students (18 years or older by June 17, 2020) can earn six credit hours during the FGC at Harlaxton College study abroad program.
HUM 2390: Themes in the Humanities
This course will explore the hero’s journey as depicted throughout the humanities (e.g., in painting, drama, poetry, film, etc.). Of course, due to the program’s abroad component in the U.K., the focus will be on British heroes like King Arthur or Robin Hood, as well as historical figures like Queen Elizabeth I. Students will also have the opportunity to examine more modern heroes like Harry Potter or Dr. Who.
CRW 2001: Creative Writing
Students will learn to write short fiction and creative nonfiction pieces, as well as poems and shorter dramatic works. Sample readings will focus on representations of British heroes and accounts of journeys (think Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in The Hobbit or Harry Potter’s many battles with Voldemort), allowing each student to realize her/his own personal heroism on this journey abroad. The course will specifically focus on helping students represent their own journeys abroad through more traditional genres like ballads, but also more modern forms of creative composition like social media stories and/or short films!
Although this faculty-led program will call Harlaxton College its home for two and a half weeks, students will also have opportunities to explore nearby cities. As a program, we will collectively travel to Nottingham, Lincoln, York, and Cambridge. Finally, we will spend the last three and a half days of the program in London.
The FGC at Harlaxton College program package rate is $5,000.00. Program costs include accommodations at Harlaxton Manor, airfare, tuition, textbooks, accommodations and admission to sites during program-sanctioned excursions, transportation for program-related activities while in the UK, and most meals.
Additional expenses for students include additional personal travel on weekends, some meals (especially in London), and any souvenirs.
Students accepted into the FGC at Harlaxton College Summer 2020 study abroad program will be required to attend two mandatory orientation sessions:
- General Study Abroad Orientation: Monday, January 14, 2020
- Program-Specific Orientation: Monday, April 8, 2020
Students unable to attend orientation sessions should alert program leaders immediately.
Harlaxton College is owned and operated by the University of Evansville (Indiana). UE was founded in 1854, and is an accredited private liberal arts institution.
UE is nationally ranked in numerous categories, and its Study Abroad program at Harlaxton College has been ranked #1 by Best College Reviews.
Florida Gateway College is partnering with Harlaxton College to bring our students a similar high-quality educational experience in one of the world’s most fascinating countries.
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Financial Aid Information
Finances are often the major hindrance keeping students from participating in study abroad programs.
Before students rule out their ability to participate in the FGC at Harlaxton College Summer 2020 study abroad program, they should make an appointment with one of FGC’s financial aid specialists to discuss how their current financial aid packages could be used to pay for study abroad.
Building 14, Room 147
In addition to financial aid, students can apply for study abroad scholarships such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Click here for scholarship requirements. Financial aid specialists can also help students find scholarship opportunities for help funding study abroad programs.
All students participating in the FGC at Harlaxton College Summer 2020 study abroad program will need a valid passport. Note that it could take 4-6 weeks to receive a passport, so get started early! Additionally, students should be sure to check that their passports are valid at least six months after the study abroad program ends (current passports should be valid through January 2021); if not, students will need to renew their passports before departing on the program.
Check here for information concerning how to apply or renew a passport. The video below also provides information on applying in person for a passport, which students will need to do if applying for their first passport.
To find local acceptance facilities, click here.
Health & Safety
While studying abroad, FGC faculty and staff will be sure to provide up-to-date information concerning safety risks in the areas in which you will be studying. It is important for you to take precautions when it comes to health and safety as well. Check out the following resources for information on how to stay aware of safety risks and how to manage your personal health:
- Centers for Disease Control
- US Department of State
- Travel Advisories
- US Embassies Abroad
- Help for Americans Abroad
- World Health Organization
- Overseas Security Advisory Council
- US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
Before departing the US, students may want to sign up for the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP), offered by the US State Department. This app will alert students of security risks in their area and could assist in an emergency.
Students will be covered for major health emergencies under Harlaxton College’s health insurance policy through EIIA. Check out EIIA here. Official policies will be distributed upon acceptance into the study abroad program.
Student Conduct Abroad
Participating in a study abroad program is an important privilege. By participating in FGC’s inaugural study abroad program, students become ambassadors representing Florida Gateway College, north central Florida, and the United States at large. As such, it is important that students conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
Students are expected to follow the laws of their host country as well as those of the United States while abroad. As student ambassadors, students are also bound by Florida Gateway College’s student code of conduct, which can be found here in FGC’s Student Handbook.
Students who fail to conduct themselves per these rules and laws will face expulsion from the study abroad program. Information on warning and expulsion procedures can be found in the Study Abroad Handbook.
Do you think all of this sounds like a great way to expand your academic horizons? Check out the application and application procedures below.
Completed application packets are due on or before October 1, 2019.
Students accepted to the FGC at Harlaxton College Summer 2020 program will receive an additional list of deadlines for submission of information including but not limited to Statement of Intent, proof of passport, program paperwork, etc.
Students accepted to the study abroad program should note the following payment of fees deadlines:
October 1, 2019 $50.00 (application)
November 1, 2019 $1,250.00
January 6, 2020 $1,250.00
March 2, 2020 $1,250.00
May 1, 2020 $1,200.00
In order to participate in the FGC at Harlaxton College Summer 2020 study abroad program, students must submit a completed application below before October 1, 2019.
Completed application packets will include the following:
- A completed application form
- A 500-word personal essay (topic is on the application form)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- One from an FGC instructor
- One from another non-family source (another instructor/teacher, work supervisor, church leader, mentor)
- $50.00 non-refundable application fee (pay to the Cashier; specify that the funds are for “Study Abroad 2020”)
**Before applying, be sure that you will be 18 years or older before June 17, 2020**
Application packets will be reviewed by a committee and accepted students will be notified via FGC email after October 15, 2019.