Frequently Asked Questions
Myth 1: "Studying abroad is very expensive. It's only for rich kids."
Reality: Studying overseas can fit any budget. Some programs actually cost less than remaining at Shippensburg for a semester while some cost more. The choice is up to you. Our office can help you find the program that fits your budget.
Myth 2: "You have to have a 4.0 GPA to study abroad. I have only average grades - I would never be accepted."
Reality: Most programs have a GPA requirement of 2.5, and this is flexible depending on a student's particular circumstances. We try to find reasons to accept you into our programs, not reasons to turn you down. We are more interested in your level of maturity than your GPA.
Myth 3: "If I study overseas, it will delay my graduation; I will never finish in four years."
Reality: If you choose your program and courses carefully with your advisor, you will be on track for your degree when you return from overseas. Course selection is done prior to your departure so you will know what your program will include. All credits taken abroad through our programs will transfer back to Shippensburg University.
Myth 4: "Studying overseas is a frill. My parents work hard enough just to send me to college. I can't ask for a semester abroad."
Reality: Studying abroad can no longer be considered a luxurious extra in your basic education. Employers look with favor on students who have lived outside the U.S. since this demonstrates an ability to cope with new experiences and, in many cases, competency in a foreign language. Studying overseas will enhance your resume.
Myth 5: "I don't speak a foreign language. I guess there are no programs for me."
Reality: We have more programs in English-speaking countries than anywhere else. You can choose from numerous programs in England, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, some programs in non-English-speaking countries are taught in English and are open to everyone.
Myth 6: "I'm on financial aid. I can never hope to go abroad."
Reality: This will not hold you back. Most grants and loans can be used for studying overseas. The only financial aid that does not travel is college work study and tuition waivers. In some countries, you are permitted to work part-time and earn while you learn. Most overseas semesters begin later than Shippensburg, so you can stay at your summer job and earn additional money well into September or October.
Myth 7: "I'm a Business (Biology, Computer Science, Math, etc.) major. I can't study overseas."
Reality: Any major can study overseas! Most of our programs are at large and comprehensive universities offering more courses than are available at Shippensburg, and you can find many courses in your major field.
Myth 8: "I can't swing an entire semester overseas. There's probably no program for me."
Reality: We offer short-term programs ranging from two to six weeks in the summer and during Spring Break. You can earn from one to six credits during these study periods.
Myth 9: "It's no big deal to go overseas. I'll think about it in the fall of my senior year."
Reality: The earlier you begin to plan, the easier the process will be and the more certain you will be of acceptance into your first-choice program. Freshman year is the best time to start working towards the goal of overseas study because you must plan which courses you will take at Shippensburg and which courses you will take overseas. By studying abroad in the second semester of your sophomore year, you can complete many of your General Education requirements.
Myth 10: "Nobody will help me. The process is too complicated."
Reality: Meet with a study abroad advisor by calling (717) 477-1279 for an appointment. You will find out that this is the greatest myth of all.