Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a program?

Clark University currently offers over 50 programs in 30 countries and there are a few factors to consider when choosing the best program for you. Talk to your parents, faculty and LEEP advisors for assistance with finding the best fit for you!

Here are some other considerations you should take into account:

  • Academics: How does study abroad fit into your academic time frame and plans?
  • Timing: Do you want to study abroad for a semester, year, or during the summer?
  • Language: Do you want to increase your foreign language proficiency or learn a new language? Programs to increase your foreign language proficiency
  • Experiential Learning: Do you want to participate in an internship or community engagement in your host culture? Programs are available for active learning or internship projects.
  • Housing: Do you want to immerse yourself in the culture of a foreign country by living with a family, or would you prefer living in a dorm?
  • Finances: Living, visa, and transportation expenses vary from country to country. Know what you can afford.
  • Affiliation: Does Clark have an affiliation with the program you've selected?

Programs can be further broken down by the academic environment. Some of our programs offer direct enrollment into a host university, meaning that you will take courses with host students just as if you were normally enrolled there. Other programs, have courses specially designed for visiting students. Hyrbid programs offer a mix of direct enrollment and specialized courses.

You may want to research other components of different types of programs.

 

Note also that Clark is affiliated with the programs mentioned on this website and all information pertains to Clark-affiliated programs. 

There are plusses and minuses to all of these different academic formats and learning styles. The Study Abroad Office can help you choose the best format for you during the advising and application process.

 

What is the difference between a Clark-affiliated program and a non-Clark program?

 

A Clark-affiliated program:

  • Allows you to reamin enrolled as a student at Clark
  • Allows you to use most financial aid and scholarships (with the exception of Work Study)
  • Allows you to use a trusted partner that Clark staff has vetted and deemed appropriate for Clark students

 

A non-Clark program:

 

If you cannot find a program within the list of Clark-affiliated programs, you may choose to apply for a non-Clark program. A non-Clark program is AND other program that is NOT listed as a Clark-affiliated.  If you choose a non-Clark option:

 

  • You must take a leave of absence from Clark
  • You will not be able to use your financial aid or scholarships through Clark
  • You will be responsible for ensuring courses you take abroad will transfer back to Clark
  • You may still apply for the Fifth Year Masters program, but the cost is pro-rated due to the fact that the student will not meet all the requirements. See the Graduate Admissions website for detailed information.

 

What are the requirements for approval to study abroad?

  • A minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0.  Students with below a 3.0 are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • A declared major and a faculty advisor within that major.
  • A passport valid for 6 months beyond your expected date of return from studying abroad
  • Good academic and social standing at Clark University
  • Program-specific requirements such as academic year, GPA, language proficiency, specific course completion, language forms, etc.
  • You should be mindful of any Clark-specific, program-specific and country-specific requirements.
  • Note: While we do not recommend that students study abroad during their senior year, it is possible to study abroad during senior year on certain programs. Because of Clark's residency requirement during the senior year, you may not take a foreign leave of absence to study at a non-Clark program. Read more about specific requirements.

Do I need to speak another language?

 

No.  Programs are offered in many languages, and English language programs are not limited to the United Kingdom or Australia. You can enhance your major in English-language courses in places such as the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Italy, or Namibia!  However, you may want to take your classes in both English and the host language.  There are programs for most levels of most languages.  You will also need to determine the language requirements for each program.

 

What are the costs involved?

Study Abroad can be an affordable option with the right planning.  Students should start planning as early as possible, talking with their parents and their adviser in the financial aid ofice.  Students on Clark-affiliated programs generally pay their tuition to Clark and housing and food costs to their program. Exceptions to this apply and you should be sure to check all costs associated with your specific program.

The following costs are billed by and paid to Clark University for students studying on Clark-affiliated programs:

  • $100 Study Abroad Application Fee
  • $1000 Administrative Study Abroad and Study Away Fee
  • Clark Tuition (with exception of CAPA London Internship)
  • International Travel Medical Insurance (Approx. $50/month; only for programs which do not carry their own comprehensive international insurance)

*Generally all Clark scholarships and financial aid are applied to the cost of study abroad on a Clark-affiliated program. Check with your Clark financial aid counselor and your Clark student accounts counselor for specific information on your personal situation.

Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their on travel arrangements, passport and visa (if required), personal expenses, books, and expenses during breaks. Clark also recommends that students apply for scholarships to help with extra costs incurred while studying abroad. In general, studying abroad is more expensive than studying at Clark.

Can international students study abroad?

International students may study abroad, but International Student Scholarships awarded by Clark cannot be applied to off-campus programs. This includes Study Abroad Programs as well as our programs in the United States. Exceptions may be requested through a petition to the Dean of the College.

International students studying abroad in their home country should request for credit transfer through Academic Advising.

Can I fulfill a PLS or a requirement for my major while I'm abroad?

Yes, with pre-approval. An approval form is provided as part of the application process.

  • PLS Requirements - The course abroad must fulfill the same parameters as they would for a course at Clark. Courses must be pre-approved through the Acting Director of Academic Advising, Jennifer Plante.
  • Major Requirements - Courses which are taken in order to fulfill a major requirement must be PRE-approved by your major advisor or the Chair of the Department. Applicants should obtain a copy of the course description or the course syllabus to share with your advisor.

Are there programs for particular majors?

Clark has an exchange program with the University of East Anglia, and we generally advise English majors to attend this excellent institution, which also has a very good Environmental Science and Art History program. Psychology majors should attend the University of Stirling or University of Sussex. Sussex has an excellent Pre-Med program as well. Keep in mind that students in other majors can attend these universities as well. Murdoch University in Perth has excellent programs in Environmental Studies, Media Studies and Management. The School For Field Studies programs are also very good for students interested in Environmental Science or Sustainable Development. TheJewish Studies in Prague semester is specifically geared toward students interested in the history, culture and arts of Central European Jews in the 20th century. The Service Learning program in Cape Town, South Africa, is especially focused on providing students with a framework to fulfill their educational and personal goals, while also giving back to the communities in which their learning takes place. Sociology and International Development majors will find this program rewarding as well as challenging. The new program at The Burren College of Art, Ireland, is meant specifically for the serious studio art student.

Major and Minor/Concentration requirement approvals are granted by the individual department.

How much credit will I earn on a Study Abroad program?

You have the opportunity to earn a semester or year's worth of credit on all Clark-affiliated programs. Generally a full course of study abroad will translate to 4 Clark units per semester. However, students should understand the conversion of credits from their host program abroad to Clark's system of credits. The program abroad and the Study Abroad Office will be happy to assist the student if they have questions.

Are there options for studying abroad other than semester or year-long programs?

Yes.

  • You can apply to the May Term Program in Luxembourg to earn one Clark unit.
  • You can earn up to two Clark units during the summer studying with another university. Before you begin your program you must apply for transfer credit from Clark through the Study Abroad Office.

Is there support and information for LGBTQ students?

Yes. Gender identity and preference, and tolerance for diversity on these issues vary greatly from country to country and city to city, just as they do in the US. It is important to do your research before you select a location or program to study abroad. The US State Department offers an informative website for LGBTQ travelers. It is recommended that all Clark students read this information to develop an understanding and sensitivity. A number of our programs have specific information on how their program supports LGBTQ students. This can be found on the individual program pages on our website. Direct links are provided at the bottom of the pages. The Study Abroad staff welcomes students to schedule an appointment to discuss this personal issue in greater detail if they would like additional information and support.