Get Informed

Get Informed

Before diving into your study abroad experience, it's important to first know what it takes. Carefully read the information below, and remember, Siena's study abroad staff is always happy to answer any additional questions.

Eligibility

How do I know if I'm eligible to study abroad?

Chelsea gets informed BEFORE scuba diving off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Chelsea gets informed BEFORE scuba diving off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • ALL majors are eligible to study abroad; it's just important to start planning early. Be sure to discuss your study abroad plans during your very first meeting with your academic advisor. Have a chat with your parents too.
     
  • You must be a junior or first semester senior during the semester/year abroad (exceptions are sometimes granted for specific majors/programs). Qualified transfer students should complete one semester at Siena before applying to study abroad.
     
  • You must schedule an interview with a Study Abroad Advisor. You can book an appointment by emailing international@siena.edu or by calling us at 518-786-5047. We look forward to meeting you!
     
  • You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 at the time of application. Note that many programs (including most programs in English-speaking countries) require a GPA of 3.0 for admission. Please don't worry if your GPA isn't quite high enough when you come in for your first meeting! Study abroad can be a great motivator for improving grades, and we are more than happy to give you strategies for making your study abroad dream a reality.
     
  • You must be in good disciplinary standing with Siena College based on a review of your disciplinary record and current probationary status, if applicable. We certainly recognize that each case is unique, so please don't let that little slip-up during freshman orientation keep you from paying us a visit.
     
  • You must have a declared major...well, before we'll let you get on the plane anyway. Undeclared students are encouraged to visit our office. Sometimes the study abroad advising process actually helps you make up your mind!
     
  • Athletes are eligible/encouraged to study abroad, but must first discuss their plans with their coach. We are happy to help you find a program that will further your academic and professional goals, while you also stay sharp and in shape for the next competitive season.

Finances & Credits

Tuition and Fees

The Siena College Office of Business Services handles nearly all payments to our approved programs. You are billed by Siena College as usual, and all financial aid and scholarship awards are therefore applicable to these approved programs.

This arrangement not only allows you to maintain financial aid and scholarship money, it also provides a key service in assuring prompt and accurate payment of international invoices. Through this arrangement, you'll maintain full Siena student status, retain student e-mail accounts and access to the web, participate in the housing lottery, have access to academic advisors and administrative staff, and be allowed to web register for courses from abroad.

Even if you do not receive financial aid, a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed.

Approved Programs

Universities and study abroad programs which appear in the programs section of this site constitute "approved programs," i.e., those institutions endorsed by Siena College. You are allowed to maintain financial aid and scholarship monies when attending these approved programs.

If you, for a valid and demonstrated reason, express interest in a university which does not appear on the approved program list, you will need to petition the Director of International Programs for authorization to attend; scholarship and institutional grant monies may not apply, however.

Billing

Most bills are paid through Siena College. Should you receive a bill, it should not be paid without first conferring with the Associate Director of Business Affairs, who handles all issues related to study abroad billing. This will avoid duplication of payment, which is often difficult to refund. The exception to this is the initial application fee and any refundable damage deposits, for which you are responsible.

All billing due dates are based on the program due dates, which are often earlier than Siena's due date. Siena will not pay the program until payment is received by Siena in full.

All account balances must be paid in full in order to receive transcripts, and in order to register for classes the following semester.

Program Costs

Program costs are generally the same as if you were still a resident student at Siena College. In general, you will continue to pay tuition, room, and activity fees through Siena. If a meal plan is included in the study abroad program, then you will be billed for meals too.

If you plan to attend a program with charges in excess of Siena's costs, you will be responsible for paying the difference.

You will continue to receive the financial aid package to which you would have been entitled if you had remained on campus, but only if you attend an approved program. Siena's Office of Business Affairs makes the appropriate payments to the program.

All travel and incidental expenses are your responsibility, unless specifically provided for by the host institution.

Cancellation

In the event of voluntary withdrawal by a student, fees paid out by Siena to a foreign university or study abroad program are not refundable.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Funding Opportunities

Don't let a perceived lack of funds spoil your dreams of studying abroad. We're here to help!

Make an appointment today to discuss the many scholarship opportunities available to help make your study abroad dream a reality. From small grants available through your local Rotary Club to big national scholarships, to aid and assistance from your chosen study abroad program, there is money out there!

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Substantial funding for students who are recipients of a Federal Pell Grant. Preference given to students who study in non-traditional destinations. Deadline: late february for fall semester; October for spring semester.

Boren Scholarship for International Study

Boren Scholarship provides up to $10,000 per semester to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, in exchange for the student’s commitment to seek work in the federal government. The scholarship promotes long-term linguistic and cultural immersion; therefore, proposals for 2 or more semesters are preferred. Deadline: January for fall and spring semesters.

Bridging Scholarships

Supplemental funding from the Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project for study abroad programs in Japan. Deadline: April for fall; October for spring semester.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes

Scholarship covers all costs and provides group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks in the summer. The languages offered are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Deadline: December for summer semester.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Study in Germany

Scholarship for academically competitive students for funding for study abroad, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. Deadline: January for fall semester/academic year.

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education General Study Abroad Scholarship

Supplemental funding for study abroad in Asia or the Pacific Rim. Deadline: November for spring semester; March for summer; July for fall semester.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Please visit the Center for International Programs for more information about this excellent scholarship opportunity.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

General and dedicated scholarships for summer, semester, and academic year study abroad. Deadline (for all programs): November

Global Studies Foundations Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad

Supplemental funds for academic studies abroad and for foreign language training abroad. The GSF prefers to fund study in strategically significant countries and languages. Upon return, students are expected to share their experiences through public presentations. Deadline: July for fall/academic year.

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

Substantial funding for juniors or seniors with an interest in economics and international finance who will study abroad in Japan for an entire academic year. Application must be completed along with Bridging Scholarship application. Highly competitive. Deadline: April for academic year beginning in fall.

Rotary District Grants

Your local Rotary Club may have funds available to support your study abroad plans. Start at the above link, and then take the time to get in touch with the members of your local Rotary Club. Deadlines will vary.

Other Resources

The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota provides students with excellent tips/hints for financing study abroad. Check out these useful resources:

The Institute of International Education (IIE) also maintains an excellent database of study abroad scholarships and grants:

For First-Year Students

Plan Ahead

The earlier you begin planning to study abroad, the better off you'll be later! Check out our very helpful Study Abroad Tips for Freshmen, and start planning today!

For Current Study Abroad Students

Return/On-Campus Housing

If you desire on-campus housing upon return to Siena, you should contact Community Living. Community Living will contact each student abroad with updates and important housing information.

Course Changes and Confirmation

If you elect to take a course while abroad that was not pre-approved by the Assistant Dean of your School (on your Study Abroad Equivalency Form), you MUST e-mail the appropriate Assistant Dean listed below, so that the new course may be evaluated and your registration updated. This will facilitate proper and timely transfer of credit.

Extending Your Stay Abroad

You may choose to remain abroad for an additional term. Arrangements should be made through the Center for International Programs.

Library Resources

Many of the resources of the Standish Library are available to you while abroad. 

OFF-CAMPUS DATABASE ACCESS

Use this link to access the library research databases while abroad. After you click on the database name you will be required to login using your regular network credentials.

Registration for Siena Courses

Via e-mail, the Registrar communicates with all students, including those abroad, concerning upcoming online registration. While abroad, you register online at the time appropriate for your class year as determined by the Registrar. All students abroad are expected to abide by the same norms as students on campus. Only in very exceptional circumstances will a student be exempted from online registration. Visit the Registrar's Office for more information.

Web for Students has made it easy to check the status of the CAPP report. You are responsible for contacting your academic advisor/obtaining your pin at registration time.

For problems regarding technical aspects of web registration contact the Siena College ITS Help Desk. The Assistant Dean of your respective School may also be of some assistance.

Transcripts

Arrange for your transcript to be sent to the Study Abroad Office at Siena College upon completion of the semester abroad. In order to assure proper credit allocation for courses taken abroad, they must have been pre-approved by the Assistant Dean. Without pre-approval, course acceptance is not guaranteed.

If you believe there is an error in reporting a grade on your transcript from abroad, you must deal directly with the foreign university or study abroad provider and follow their appeals process.

Have your transcript sent to:

Br. Brian Belanger, Director of International Programs
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211 USA

Voting While Abroad

Don't ditch your civic duty while abroad! To arrange for an absentee ballot, consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

More Useful Information

The U.S. Department of State has created a useful, highly informative, user-friendly website dealing with study abroad. You may access it by going to Students Abroad.  It will help you find answers to questions our website might not have covered.  For additional useful information, visit the Tips for Traveling Abroad page.

For Faculty & Staff

Collaboration

The Center for International Programs highly values the input of Siena's talented faculty and staff. We look forward to collaborating with and supporting those members of the faculty/staff who are interested in leading international academic study tours and service trips.

Consult our handbook, Short-Term Study Tours: Guidelines for Faculty, for full details.

International Faculty Development Opportunities

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) provide faculty and administrators with access to rich academics, diverse intercultural experiences, and innovative approaches to learning and problem-solving that enhance syllabi, internationalize curricula, and increase global understanding on campus. Siena College faculty members may be eligible for special scholarships/financial aid. Contact the Center for International Programs for more information.

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

SIT Study Abroad is launching a new series of faculty seminars abroad beginning in 2016. Each seminar will explore critical global issues, by drawing on the rich academic resources of SIT program sites. SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad offer each participant the opportunity to become deeply engaged in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other knowledge sources. Some seminars will include hands-on field work. Participants can expect to examine topics through multiple rich and nuanced perspectives, benefitting from SIT Study Abroad’s experiential learning approach.

 

For Parents

Why should my child study abroad?

We know it can be tough to say "bon voyage" to your child for a whole semester or academic year, but in our interconnected world and in a job market that is becoming increasingly competitive AND global, helping your son or daughter realize his/her dream to study abroad can truly be the gift of a lifetime. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Personal: When students study abroad and fully immerse themselves in another culture, they not only return home with expanded ideas and knowledge of other peoples and cultures, they also gain a new awareness and understanding of themselves as young adults. A long-term study abroad experience can result in greater flexibility and adaptability, self-confidence, maturity and independence.
     
  • Academic: At Siena, we provide each student with highly personalized advising before, during and after his/her study abroad experience. We make sure that studying abroad gives our students the opportunity to gain credit towards their academic degree(s) in programs and foreign colleges and universities that live up to Siena's standard of excellence. Our students discover new approaches to teaching and learning, gain understanding of the higher education system of another country, and acquire real-life experience and hands-on learning that no traditional classroom can match.
     
  • Professional: Study abroad helps students develop cross-cultural awareness, which is critical to working on increasingly diverse, global teams; it also fosters the ability to bring global thinking skills to bear on complex issues. When students study abroad, they often develop strong foreign language skills, which are needed in our increasingly multilingual workplaces/world. By studying abroad, students also demonstrate travel experience and a predisposition to global mobility.

Health & Safety Abroad

At Siena, your child's safety and security is our top priority. For that reason, we only partner with highly trusted study abroad program providers and universities. We maintain consistent, open communication with these partner institutions, working together to ensure the health, safety, success, and satisfaction of each student. Our approved programs list is regularly reviewed, and if we determine that a program location is no longer safe for our students, it is immediately removed from the list.

Once your child travels abroad, local, expert staff oversee the day-to-day onsite operations, which includes monitoring student safety and handling situations related to illness and emergency.

Typically, the staff of our approved programs works closely with the U.S. Department of State and with local authorities to assess and manage risk. We highly recommend that students take advantage of the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program too.

Insurance

Before studying abroad, all students are required to purchase an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which functions as a recognized identification card abroad, student discount card, and provides basic insurance coverage for emergency medical care and accidents through April Travel Protection

Although the ISIC provides students with a valuable safety net, and should give you some peace of mind, we strongly encourage you to maintain your child's domestic health coverage while he/she is abroad. Many U.S.-based health insurance companies will reimburse for medical expenses incurred abroad, but policies and procedures will vary. Contact your insurance company for full details.

Pre-Departure Information

If your son or daughter is preparing to study abroad, or even if he or she is already off traveling the world, you may find our Study Abroad Pre-Departure Handbook very informative.