Sacred Heart University offers three different types of programs abroad:
Involves taking classes or attending a university abroad. Study abroad includes exchanges, faculty-led, partner universities, and provider programs.
These programs are operated by the Office Of Global Affairs
Involves one-week programs abroad to participate in meaningful community service. Credit and non-credit options are availble.
These programs are operated by Volunteer Programs and Service Learning
Involves one-week programs abroad to promot global health awareness. Programs may count towads clinical hours.
These programs are operated by the College of Health Professions
More About Study Abroad Program Types
There are several types of credit-bearing study abroad options for your to choose. These include
SHU and SHU-Affiliated Programs, CCIS Programs, and Non-Affiliated Programs.
|SHU and SHU-Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
When you study abroad on a SHU Affiliated study abroad program, you are still registered as a SHU student; whether you are here or abroad. You are never “transferring out” of SHU and we make things as administratively smooth as possible. These programs include our own global campuses in Dingle, Ireland and Luxembourg, our faculty-led courses, and our program partners and universities. You can spend a semester, a year, a month, or two weeks abroad earning academic credit and gaining the kind of knowledge only a study abroad experience can provide. Some of the benefits of attending SHU programs (versus attending a non-Affiliated program) are:
|CCIS Study Abroad Programs
Sacred Heart University is a CCIS (College Consortium for International Studies) associate member. CCIS offers study abroad options if you are unable to find a SHU Affiliated program to that fits your needs. You may only apply to a CCIS program if SHU does not offer a SHU Affiliated program in that country.
Policies related to CCIS study abroad programs include:
|Non-SHU Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
If you want to study abroad and receive credit through a non-SHU Affiliated program you must go through Sacred Heart University’s Office of Global Affairs, regardless of the program. If you fail to comply with this procedure, your credits abroad will not transfer back to SHU.
Please note that we cannot "vouch" for a non-Affiliated program in any way (quality, safety, administration, academic integrity of the institution, etc.).
You may already know where you want to go, or you may find that narrowing down the options proves to be challenging. As a general rule, it may be better to stick with a reputable University or College, over an “institute.” If you have no idea where to start looking, here are a few links to assist you (these are not sponsored, endorsed or recommended by SHU):
You will need to research program options thoroughly in order to determine where you want to go. We recommend calling the program(s) to ask questions and contact references. you can also contact the Study Abroad Office at local or well-known U.S. Colleges and Universities. Unfortunately, there is no "master list" of all study abroad programs in the world.
Policies related to non SHU Affiliated study abroad programs include:
If you decide to proceed with your plans to study abroad at a non SHU Affiliated program, you may then mail your completed application to the host program directly. If you need a signature from the SHU Office of Global Affairs to complete your application, please make an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator.
The sponsoring institution will make the final admissions decision. If admitted, the program assumes the responsibility of providing you with the necessary program information. We will not make contact with this university or provide program specific information to you. You are responsible for working with the program directly. If you are not admitted to the program, or decide not to participate, you must immediately notify us immediately.
Even though you would not be participating in a SHU program, there are still several steps you would need to follow:
Any student that fails to comply with any part of this process will not be able to transfer credits from abroad to SHU.