Common Questions

Planning your journey can be a confusing process. That's we've compiled a short list of answers to the most frequently asked questions. But don't forget: you can always contact our expert staff to help you along.

  • Are all students eligible for study abroad?

    All undergraduate students, regardless of major, who are in good academic standing, (with at least 2.75 GPA) are eligible. Usually, students who study abroad are juniors or first semester seniors; some programs accept sophomores. If you plan to study abroad as a sophomore, you should have a clear idea of your major or concentration. We do not offer study abroad programs for graduate students.

    See information for students who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy.

  • Do I need to major in a foreign language in order to study abroad?
    No. There are programs for any major and any field of study. Come to the Study Abroad office and browse through the study abroad brochures and catalogs or make an appointment to speak to the study abroad advisor.
  • Are courses taught in the language of the host country?
    Not all courses. Academic options are available at various language levels as well as in English. You can take courses in English or in a foreign language, or you can combine courses, some in English, and some in the foreign language. Most programs have an intensive credit bearing language program in the beginning of the semester.
  • Are all credits earned abroad transferable to Manhattan College?
    Yes, provided you have seen your academic and study abroad advisors prior to applying and enrolling in a program. You must earn a grade of C or better in order to transfer the credits. Credits earned for courses not taught by a Manhattan College faculty member will not be calculated into your GPA.
  • Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?
    Yes, if you have carefully planned your study abroad semester or year. Consulting with your advisors early on is crucial to a successful completion of a program. We recommend that you start planning during your freshman year.
  • How much do study abroad courses cost?
    On average, the cost of studying abroad for a semester is comparable to a semester at Manhattan College.
  • Are there scholarships available for study abroad?
    Unfortunately, not as many as we would like to see offered. However, several of our affiliated institutions such as AIFS, Globalinksabroad and IES offer partial scholarships. Be sure to check with the program you are applying to for their scholarship information.
  • Is financial aid available to those who plan to study abroad?
    If you are currently receiving financial aid, you can apply for your aid package (except Manhattan College scholarships) for your semester or year abroad. You can apply your Manhattan College scholarships only to the Manhattan College-sponsored programs.
  • What if I need to cancel my program? Are deposits refundable?
    Notify the study abroad office immediately if you decide to withdraw from a program. All deposits are non-refundable, but in some cases may be credited to a student account.
  • Is work available abroad?
    Rarely, as most countries have stringent labor laws. On occasions, students might find jobs in interpreting, teaching English or child care.
  • Where do students live abroad?
    Students have the option to live in apartments or with host families; dormitory space is very limited. Arrangements vary according to the country and program.
  • Are there internships available during a study abroad program?
    Many programs offer internship opportunities as part of semester/year abroad study programs. All internship possibilities must be approved by Manhattan College according to the rules and regulations followed for registering internships.
  • What if I am a DACA student?

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy that allows certain U.S. aliens who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation. Manhattan College will neither prevent nor hinder any DACA students from participating in study abroad programs. However, it is the College’s strong recommendation that such students wait to register for a study abroad program until the current United States presidential administration outlines or clarifies its policies regarding DACA students.

    Furthermore, the College cannot facilitate or intervene on behalf of a DACA student’s re-entry to the U.S. should he/her encounter any difficulties. DACA students who opt to register for a study abroad program will do so at their own risk. 

    DACA students can study abroad and return to the U.S. under current procedures when granted advance parole and citing "educational" purposes as the reason for travel. There is a fee involved (currently $360) which is not covered by financial aid. Additionally, advance parole is only valid until its expiration so that a student must plan accordingly leaving ample time for e.g. unanticipated travel delays. Students who fail to return before their advance parole expires run the risk on being denied re-entry. DACA students also need to apply well in advance of their planned trip so that they have advance parole prior to traveling. If there any issuance delays, the student would not be able to travel and would at risk for losing travel and/or lodging deposits or other fees paid in advance. 

    In addition to consulting the guidelines at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service website , DACA students who decide to study abroad should seek counsel outside of the College to ensure they understand the risks and plan accordingly.