It is never too early to start thinking about study abroad. Start your first-year learning more about programs by visiting sa.wustl.edu, Study Abroad Fairs, and information sessions. Sophomore year is when most students apply for semester abroad programs.
Each program has its own requirements. Visit the program pages to learn more. All students must have a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic and behavioral standing with the university.
Students study abroad at all different times in their college career. Discuss studying abroad with your academic advisor and study abroad staff to determine the best semester or summer to study abroad.
Check out this document to see when you can study in Florence: When can I study abroad?
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Anyone can study abroad. You should work with the Coordinator of Special Programs to determine a program in which you can complete the most requirements. Special needs students should disclose these needs at the time of your study abroad appointment to help the coordinator identify programs that are the best fit.
In the Florence Semester Program, students must be major or second major in the SFS. In the Florence Summer Program, students can be from any school or any major, even university students from outside of WashU.
Check out this document for more details: When can I study abroad?
For the Florence Semester Program, students need at least one semester of Italian before going abroad. For the Florence Summer Program, students do not need any prior language experience. For other WUSTL or Alternative programs, refer to the program details on sa.wustl.edu.
Semester students are required to take 1 semester of Italian Language before the program begins. This course must be taken through the Italian Department as a regular semester course at Washington University in St. Louis. The course cannot be taken pass/fail, it must be taken for a minimum grade of a C for it to meet the prerequisite.
Yes. Students may participate in more than one study abroad program; however, no more than a total of 15 units will be awarded as transfer credit. The Florence programs are WashU credit, not transfer credit. Students can participate in the Florence Summer and Florence Semester Programs.
Example: A student can do a WUSTL summer study abroad program and the Florence Semester Program.
Example: A student can do the Florence Summer Program and an Alternative semester study abroad program.
Students pay normal WU tuition for the Florence Semester Program or WUSTL semester programs. Housing costs differ depending on the program. You will also have to factor in airfare, local transportation, meals (most programs do not have meal plans so you have to cook for yourself or eat at restaurants), and personal expenses. Cost estimates for each program can be found on the individual program pages.
Yes. Talk to your Study Abroad Coordinator about scholarship opportunities.
All Sam Fox students are automatically enrolled in GeoBlue insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) billed directly to WebSTAC, and has the option to set up providers before you go abroad. The cost is approximately $50 per month.
Students who go to the Florence Semester Program attend the preparation seminar the semester before they go. This is a 1 credit class that discusses such topics as culture shock, country specific information and study abroad logistics. Students who go to the Florence Summer Program attend two mandatory preparation meetings in the Spring before they go.
The Florence Program has an on-site orientation arranged by the Sam Fox School and our partner school in Florence. This is a mandatory orientation.
Florence semester program: Yes.
Florence Summer Program: Yes if you hold a non-US passport. No if you hold a US passport.
WUSTL or Alternative Program: refer to the program details.
A good place to start is the Country Reports provided by the U.S. State Department at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/irf/rpt/ or the World Factbook published by the CIA: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/. You can also get guidebooks such as the Culture Shock! Series. You can also ask for a list of current students that have studied abroad in Florence. They can tell you about the country and program from a student experience.
Not necessarily. You should choose the living situation or program that gives you the most control over your food choices. This is a good topic to bring up with a study abroad advisor.
See Florence Summer and Florence Semester Program pages for details. See program details for WUSTL or Alternative Programs. Housing options typically include apartments, homestays, dormitories, or student apartments.
The academic schedule differs across programs, but most of the programs have some sort of fall or spring break, in addition to national holidays. Students usually find time to travel around classes, during breaks, or on weekends.
On Sam Fox Programs, credit is WU credit, not transfer credit. On WUSTL Programs, it is typical that credits come back to WU as transfer credit. You should check program details. On Alternative Programs, credits will come back to WU as transfer credit, however, the grade will not be counted in your WU GPA.
No. You must take Italian for a grade, earn at least a C or better. See the language policy for further detail.
The career services office is still at your disposal while you are abroad. You should connect with your career counselor before you go abroad so they can better assist your while you’re away. Our study abroad students often apply for internships from abroad, and use skype to interview. Its best to start your portfolio and/or website before you go abroad, and bring all the files you need with you to be able to work on it. Art students, contact Jen Logan Meyer for career services. Architecture students, contact Martin Padilla for career services.
Architecture students study abroad in the fall semester of senior year, so you may be preparing to apply to graduate schools while you’re abroad. The faculty with you in Florence is well equipped to help you refine and prepare your portfolio for application and give some guidance about what schools to apply to. You should contact them for guidance. You can also be in touch with faculty mentors on campus to get help with grad school applications. Being abroad can offer less obligations on your free time, making it easier to prepare grad school applications. Being abroad has not been found to be an additional burden on students applying to grad school.