At the Center for International Education (CIE) at Salem State University, we understand that it is a big decision for a student to spend a semester or summer abroad, and that it is a decision made in large part with parents’ support. Here is some general information about our programs. Staff at the CIE are more than happy to include parents in the conversation.
Why Study Abroad?
Students will earn credit toward their degree
The experience increases students’ chances of graduating when expected, or even early
Students become more motivated when they return to campus, and their grade point average usually improves
The programs abroad help students gain career skills, increases employability
Internships and service-learning opportunities can count for academic credits
Study Abroad is highlighted in a student’s resume
Study Abroad Costs
There are a wide range of programs, some of which are expensive, but in some cases, studying abroad can be LESS than spending a semester on campus!
Note: costs are approximate, final costs can vary according to program and housing options.
Salem State University
Approx. $5,000 (dorm)
University of Oviedo, Spain
$2,200 (homestay, incl. meals)
University of Mannheim, Germany
Approx. $2,000 (apartment)
How Can I Pay?
In most cases, whatever financial aid a student receives to study at Salem State, the funds can be used to cover the cost of a study abroad program. All students using financial aid will meet with an advisor to discuss their individual aid packages.
Example: A student receives a Pell grant in the amount of $3,000. They study abroad at the University of Oviedo in Spain for one semester, which costs about $3,700. The student may use the Pell grant to cover the costs, and then will need the remaining $700 out of pocket.
Scholarships & Grants
Qualifying students may apply for additional scholarships and grants to study abroad. These are not guaranteed, but the CIE staff will help students to find these opportunities and to apply.
Is It Safe?
Salem State study abroad and the university’s risk management team monitors activities around the world
The study abroad office uses an online tool to track students while abroad, which helps the university know who is where, when, and how to contact them and their emergency contacts (you!)
For most programs, there is a full staff at the location who provides the students with emergency action plans
How Will Your Student Be Supported?
Study abroad staff works with the students from start to finish – from the time students even think about studying abroad, all the way through to when the student returns from a program.
While your student is abroad, there will be staff at the location who will assist them while there. They will provide:
On-site orientation, group excursions, health support services in case they fall ill, and any sort of additional assistance a student may need to succeed while abroad