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Lehigh University Study Abroad: About Us

QuestionWhat are my options for study abroad?
AnswerLehigh offers summer, winter, semester and year-long programs all over the world for all majors.

QuestionDo I have to wait until my junior year?
AnswerNo!  There are study abroad possibilities for students freshman through senior year.  For example, you can go on a 3-week winter, or 5-week summer, program with Lehigh professors and students starting freshman year.  (How does New Year's in Spain or Costa Rica sound?)  And as early as your second sophomore semester, you can go on semester or year study abroad programs.

QuestionHow much does it cost?
AnswerFor semester and year programs, you pay regular Lehigh tuition - and if you have any sort of financial aid, it travels with you.  Housing and meals are usually billed to you by your program.  You are responsible for the cost of travel, and in most cases, low fares can be found online.  Please see further information on the Financial page.

QuestionMy major has pretty specific requirements.  Can I still study abroad?
AnswerWe can help you find a program to fit your major - including all you engineers!  It's important to plan early, even if you're not 100% sure you want to go.  It's also important to keep your grades up and save electives, when you can.

QuestionWhen should I start planning for a semester or year abroad?
AnswerNow!  Start thinking about where you want to go, when, and for how long.  Discuss your interest in gaining an international experience with your academic advisor and the Study Abroad Office as early as freshman year.  Attend a general information session to get started!

QuestionHow do I know the program I've chosen is a good one?
AnswerLehigh approved programs have been requested by and/or approved by Lehigh faculty to provide students with a high-quality academic opportunity and a cultural immersion experience.  These programs are conceived of as an integral part of a Lehigh undergraduate education.  Students remain fully enrolled at Lehigh, earn Lehigh credit, may utilize Lehigh financial aid and scholarships, and benefit from the involvement of the faculty and staff at Lehigh before, during, and after their time abroad.

Studying abroad is a special opportunity and you should research programs carefully in order to make the most of it.  Programs that are affiliated with universities in the host country are often the strongest academically and the best integrated into the local culture.  Consider how the reputation of the program you choose may impact your credentials for graduate school or employment.

QuestionDo I need to be fluent in another language?
AnswerNo.  In fact, studying abroad is one of the best ways to acquire new language skills.  In countries where English is not the primary language, programs are designed for students with varying degrees of language skill.

QuestionAre programs ever cancelled?
AnswerFor answers on program cancellation go to Cancellation page.

QuestionWhat can be petitioned?
AnswerIf you need to petition your GPA, disciplinary history, or program, see Petitioning.

QuestionAre there any scholarships available for traveling abroad?
AnswerYes, there are fellowships and scholarships available. For information visit the site for the scholarships.




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