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Advising on Education Abroad

Why Should You Encourage Students to Consider Study Abroad

  • Students with an informed global perspective will help internationalize your classroom.
  • Interest in opportunities abroad can create majors or minors in your academic area.
  • After they return, students tend to participate in department activities.
  • Students who study abroad are often more articulate and confident and can add depth to course discussions.
  • Global Outlook is among the top 5 attributes employers place the highest value on when hiring.

A Guide for Advising Students through the Study Abroad Process

  • Familiarize yourself with programs that CSB/SJU offers.
    • With 19 Semester programs, you will find the course offerings in the Academic section for each semester program.
    • CSB/SJU also offers 30-40 Short term experiences each year ranging from credit bearing: Faculty-Led, Research, or Internship options along with many non-credit options
  • It is never too early to talk to students in your classes or during an appointment on how students will fit international in their 4 years here at CSB/SJU.
    • Students can participate in Alternative Break Experiences during their first year (deadline mid October every year) or
    • participate in a short term experience right after their first year (deadlines vary) or
    • apply during first year (deadline mid January every year) to go abroad for a semester abroad during their second year at CSB/SJU.
  • Strive to have students make a four-year plan with study abroad semester or short term regardless of major.  Have questions call 320-363-5952 or email CGE with questions.
  • Advisees will come up with many reasons not to study abroad click here to combat some of these common perceived Barriers to Study Abroad
  • Have all students regardless of interest attend a Study Abroad 101 session to explore all international experiences found at CSB/SJU.
  • Encourage students to attend the fall Study Abroad Fair to meet with representatives from specific programs and talk to faculty directors and students returning from abroad.
  • Have advisees read about students' experiences abroad via our student abroad Ambassadors.
  • Once a student has a clear sense of where they want to study abroad and has more questions encourage them to meet with one of our Education Abroad Advisors.
  • If your advisee is interested in a non-CSB/SJU-sponsored program, please encourage the student to review this page and meet with CGE staff for approval.
  • Courses taken through CSB/SJU programs count as resident credit and factor into the student's GPA; courses taken through External programs count as transfer credit.

Please feel free to contact the staff in Center for Global Education (CGE) anytime with questions you may have about education abroad opportunities