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Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for study abroad seems overwhelming, with so much paperwork and coordination required for an application.  We are here to support you!  Read through our answers to some of your questions, and feel free to email us with any other questions you may have!


1. What kinds of classes should I take?

Students must research study abroad programs and meet with their academic advisors prior to studying abroad to see what courses may transfer into their academic plans. Liberal Education classes, General Electives, and Major Electives are usually easiest to transfer. Some departments also transfer in Major-Specific courses. For major-specific courses, students will need to meet with their Department Chair to receive departmental approval.

2. Will I receive Saint Rose credit?

Yes! Students who are enrolled in study abroad with a College-affiliated program receive Saint Rose credit, which helps them to progress toward the achievement of their degree plan.

3. Will study abroad delay my graduation?

No. Students who study abroad receive Saint Rose credit as if they were studying on campus! It is important for students to speak with their advisors to see what classes will be compatible. You can also visit ISA's Field Specific Recommendations for ideas on courses to take.

4. Can I do an internship abroad?

Yes, you can! There are credit-bearing internships available at certain ISA locations, and students can also do non credit-bearing internships and service learning at various sites. For more information, contact the Center for International Programs or visit ISA's Field Specific Recommendations.

5. Is it possible to only study abroad for 1-2 weeks?

Yes. Check out our faculty led programs in the Internal Programs!


Financial Aid

1. How much does it cost to study abroad?

The cost for study abroad depends on the study abroad location; however, on average, students can expect to pay $1500 - $2000 more than what it typically costs to be a full-time Saint Rose student who lives on campus. This amount does not include discretionary spending money.  Some overseas tuition and fees are more expensive than Saint Rose tuition and fees; as a result, students will be required to pay the differential.

2. Will I keep my Grants/Loans/Scholarships?

Yes! Students who are enrolled full time in a College-affiliated study abroad program receive Saint Rose credit and pay Saint Rose tuition. As a result, they are able to keep the majority of their grants, scholarships, and financial aid. Students also may be eligible for federal and state funds.

Please note: Students are only eligible to receive federal loans during summer sessions, as we do not offer College grants/scholarship in the summer.

3. How can I budget for study abroad?

Budgets for study abroad will vary depending on the type of program and location. Check out these blogs at Global LEAD and DU Study Abroad for tips and suggestions.

4. Does work study carry over?

Work study DOES carry over - contact our staff for further information. (Note: RA positions do not carry over).

5. Will my tuition charges change if I decide to study abroad?

If you are participating in a Saint Rose-affiliated program, you will be billed our regular tuition charges. However, if your program has a tuition rate that is greater than our standard tuition, we will pass that extra cost along to you, and it will appear on your student bill as a tuition differential charge.

6. What about fees?

During the semester that you will be studying abroad, you will be billed for an administrative fee, which will be listed on your account as an “Off-Campus Program Fee.” You will also be responsible for the Student Records and Technology fees. If you are studying abroad during the fall or spring semester, the Student Activity and Health Service fees will be waived (these are not charged to any students during summer terms).

7. Will The College bill me for room and board?

The College will bill you for the room and board costs charged by your Study Abroad site. These costs will be reflected on your semester bill, and you will pay these costs to Saint Rose. Saint Rose will then pay your study abroad site for your room and board. Please note: All students are required to pay the refundable housing deposit directly to their study abroad program.

8. When reviewing the study abroad program information, I noticed a certain amount for program costs. Is this the amount I should expect to pay?

No, the program cost that you see on each individual program's website is not necessarily the amount you will pay for your study abroad experience. As noted earlier, you will pay Saint Rose tuition and fees, not the program's tuition and fees. You will, however, pay the program's direct cost of room and board. Please note that if your program has a tuition rate that is greater than our standard tuition, we will pass that extra cost along to you, and it will appear on your student bill as a tuition differential charge. To avoid a tuition differential charge, consider programs that cost $17,000 or less.

9. How many credits must I take to receive my financial aid & scholarships while abroad?

During a semester abroad, you must be enrolled in 12 or more credits (as a full-time student) to receive College grants/scholarships. In addition, students must be making satisfactory academic progress to receive these funds. Students may also be eligible for federal and state funds but they must check with financial aid.

10. If I receive an athletic scholarship, will I be able to keep this scholarship?

Usually, yes, if you go during your "off season." Your coach or the Director of Athletics will make this decision.



1. Are there any scholarships specifically for study abroad?

Yes. See types of scholarships below.

2. Where can I apply for scholarships?

Students may apply for scholarships within their study abroad programs, through Saint Rose, or through an external organization.

3. What are the deadlines?

It varies by location, but the deadline for most scholarships is 4 to 6 months before the program begins. Check the individual scholarships below to find more information.

4. What kinds of scholarships are there?

There are three different types of scholarships:

1. Program Scholarships

- International Studies Abroad (and some ISA Host Universities offer scholarships)

- Studio Art Centers International

- Spanish Studies Abroad

2. Saint Rose Scholarships

- Sister Ann Tranelli Study Abroad Award

This award was established in December 2000 in honor of Sr. Anne Tranelli, CSJ, and her longstanding role in the Hispanic community and at The College of Saint Rose. The award was established in order to make a study abroad experience in a Spanish-speaking country financially possible for more students.

ELIGIBILITY: (1) Applicants must be studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and (2) Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.

- Arcomano Texier Endowed Award

This award was established in 2013 in memory of Marion, a Spanish major and the President of the Saint Rose Spanish Club, who spent the formative year of 1945 abroad in Mexico, while a student at Saint Rose.  

ELIGIBILITY: (1) Applicants must be studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, (2) Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, and (3) Applicants must have a major, minor, or concentration in Spanish.

3. External Scholarships

1. Fund for Education Abroad

Students must plan to study abroad for a minimum of four weeks, and students must commit to support education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return.

These scholarships are for Freshmen and Sophomores.

Special Rainbow Award for LGBQT students

Offers 10-15 awards up to $10,000

2. Boren Scholarship

Open to students who are studying a critical language (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu). Students must do service with the government after they graduate (e.g. Peace Corps), and the Boren organizations helps students secure governmental positions upon graduation.

$8,000 scholarships for an 8-week summer program (STEM majors only)

$10,000 for a semester

$20,000 for a full academic year

3. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Rotary's mission is to promote world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. As such, students may apply for one of two grants: (1) District Grant - to fund international service projects and individual scholarships for academic study abroad, or (2) Global Grant - to fund humanitarian project proposals and individual scholarships (with restrictions). Also open to graduate students.

4. Gilman International Scholarship

A popular scholarship, the Gilman scholarship is only open to US citizens who are studying abroad for four or more weeks in one country, and is limited to students who are eligible for Pell Grants in their financial aid packages. In order to apply, students must receive credit toward their academic degree program through the study abroad experience.

Award amount is up to $5000

5. IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding

This is a resource for students to research potential scholarship opportunities through different providers or foundations. 

The College of Saint Rose The Center for International Programs