International education enables a student to pursue an educational experience designed to help him or her understand other cultures and societies and/or global and transnational issues and processes.
What will this experience bring to my son or daughter?
International education gives a student a competitive edge in the employment marketplace and allows him or her to be effective in our ever-changing, global society. Study abroad, in particular, enriches a student's education through alternative learning experiences not available at the home institution. It stimulates the mind and fosters a better understanding of other cultures. Students gain maturity, self-confidence and independence. Being immersed in another culture, students come to appreciate diverse perspectives and become well-rounded. More importantly, the experience is a life-altering event that will positively change the student's life forever.
By participating in this study abroad program, will my son or daughter graduate in four years?
It is always our goal to have the study abroad experience complement the student's experience at Hartford and not to extend their stay. Students should meet with their advisors to plan a program abroad that fulfills their requirements. Most international education opportunities overlap with requirements necessary for graduation.
Is there a system in place to ensure college credits when studying overseas?
While studying abroad on an approved program in the fall or spring semesters, students will be registered as University of Hartford students. All credits earned while studying overseas will be entered on the transcript. The credits will count toward the overall degree requirements and the grades WILL be calculated into the cumulative GPA. Students must meet with their academic advisor prior to departing to determine which classes they can take abroad that will fulfill specific requirements
Will a passport or visa be needed for overseas travel?
A U.S passport is required for any international travel. A student visa is also required for many countries. Information regarding passport and visa information for U.S. citizens is available from the U.S Department of State. We also suggest that at least one parent or guardian secure a passport in case of an emergency with your son or daughter abroad.
Are there any other forms that need to be completed prior to departure?
In general, students need to make arrangements to have appropriate health forms and inoculations completed prior to departure. Students should visit their doctors and dentists before they leave.
There are also a number of forms students are required to submit to the Study Abroad Office before they leave for the semester. Students are notified of these forms and deadlines by the Study Abroad Advisor via email.
What is my role as a parent in this whole process?
It is important for parents to understand the full process of the program and have a basic understanding of certain things. Those include:
• The difference between domestic travel and study abroad
• The program structure (i.e. duration, location, etc.)
• How credits are earned and counted towards the degree
• The costs and how to finance the program
• Safety issues
• What appropriate documents are necessary
• Health preparations
• How to get in touch while abroad
• What to do in case of emergency