» Study Abroad Information for Families

Students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or academic year on over 80 programs in 40 countries. Two semesters before going abroad, students must attend a First Steps information session to learn about the process to study abroad and how to search for a program. Next, they can open an application and will have an individual advising appointment. Applications are due two semester prior to going abroad. All students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and be free of any Disciplinary Holds in order to be eligible.

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+ - Programs and Credits

All program information is available on the Global Gateway, the application online portal. On the Global Gateway you can search for a program by recommended major, location, financial aid applicability, or a number of other features. View the User Guide for information about navigating the Global Gateway.

Chapman students receive Chapman credit and grades for their semester or academic year abroad. Students must remain in full time status while abroad. All courses taken abroad will be pre-approved for credit by Chapman.

+ - Cost & Financial Aid

Cost

While abroad, students remain enrolled at Chapman University and pay their regular Chapman tuition, room and (sometimes) board through the Chapman University Business Office. There is also a $500 study abroad fee.

  • All program charges (except items such as application fees, optional meal plans, and optional excursions) are billed to Chapman, and therefore any fees noted in individual program catalogs are not relevant to your student.  Chapman fees include many services provided by the host program or institution, such as comprehensive health insurance, in-country orientation, cultural activities, field trips, etc.
  • Students are held to the program provider/host institution's refund policies if they do withdraw from their program after accepted.
  • Airfare (for most programs), housing deposits, baggage insurance, administrative fees, textbooks, course fees, passport fees, visa fees and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student.
  • Study Abroad Budget Worksheets are available to help you and your student plan the cost of a semester abroad.
  • Students and families can also download the Ultimate Student Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad to learn how to budget and save up for study abroad, using forms of payment while abroad, handling money emergencies and scams abroad, and budgeting for cell phone use abroad.

Financial Aid

  • Because students remain enrolled at Chapman while abroad and are paying Chapman fees, Financial Aid can be applied to the program and is processed internally. However, programs have two classifications as to which type of aid can be applied:
  • All Current Aid Programs: Chapman students can utilize their entire financial aid package, including federal, state, and institutional funding (with the exception of work/study, tuition exchange funds, and tuition discount funds).
  • Federal/State Aid Only Programs: Chapman students can utilize only their federal and state financial aid to the program (with the exception of work/study, tuition exchange funds, and tuition discount funds). Students can use federal/state aid toward all semester and academic year programs.  If a student receives Chapman aid and participates on a Federal/State Aid Only Program, Chapman aid is re-instated the semester they return to Chapman.
  • In addition, veterans and dependents of veterans have the ability to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The bill can be used to pay tuition for all approved study abroad and faculty-led programs where credits earned apply toward graduation requirements.  All semester abroad students complete an Academic Planning Form before departure to request course pre-approvals to fulfill Chapman requirements. Students receive Chapman credit and grades for all courses taken abroad through Chapman. Disclaimer: It is the student's responsibility to understand their eligibility to use the GI Bill and coordinate the application of funds. Any amounts payable are reduced if the student is not eligible at the 100% payment tier. The VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless the student is required to study abroad as part of their academic program. This includes Chapman's $500 Study Abroad Fee billed to students during regular billing for the semester abroad. See Post-9/11 GI Bill – Study Abroad Program Information.
  • Students are welcome to apply for study abroad scholarships outside of Chapman.
  • If a student receives an outside scholarship, they must work directly with the scholarship provider directly for the timing and payment method. Note that the scholarship cannot be sent to Chapman and applied toward the Chapman bill.

+ - Pre-Departure Information

The Center for Global Education hosts an optional Family Pre-Departure Meeting the semester before students go abroad. This is typically held for one hour in the evening. Students will be sent a link to a recorded version of the presentation they can share with their family. Parents and families may attend to learn information such as finances, expectations, safety, health, culture shock, and tips for parents. This is a general presentation for all parents of study abroad students, not about specific program details.

Students accepted to study abroad receive extensive pre-departure and on-site orientations. Students attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation the semester before they study abroad which covers general information, including a health and safety presentation coordinated by the Dean of Students office. They will receive a Pre-Departure Handbook at this time to read and take abroad with them. In addition, they must take an assessment to ensure that they understand the material. Part of the orientation consists of information related to health and safety issues, simple precautions they may take while away, and more details on handling issues of security, safety, illness, injury, and emergencies. Feel free to ask your student to share this information with you.

In addition, many representatives from our program providers will host optional program-specific meetings at Chapman. Students will be notified of these optional meetings by email.

Once a student arrives on-site at their program location, they will receive an orientation to acclimate them to their general surroundings and give them practical information.

+ - Health and Safety

Please see the following article, "Parents Speak Up on Rising Concerns of Terrorism and Study Abroad" from GoOverseas.com. Learn safety tips and read about how other parents of study abroad students are reacting to terrorism abroad.

Parents or Guardians’ concern for the safety and well-being of their student abroad is natural and shared by Chapman University.  All program locations abroad are in safe locations, however students do need to take precautions just like they would at home. The CGE carefully monitors the economic and political situations of the host countries via announcements issued by the U.S. Department of State and communication with program providers and/or host institutions. The university has protocols in place for dealing with emergencies, natural disasters, illness, events or situations that may affect individuals or groups.

Students attend pre-departure orientation meetings prior to going abroad and will learn about health and safety issues. In addition, once they arrive they will also receive a health and safety orientation for the specific location.

All students who participate in an international program are covered by ACE International Travel Assistance Insurance. ACE provides (a) medical benefits, (b) emergency medical evacuation services, (c) an accidental death & dismemberment benefit, and (d) miscellaneous assistance services associated with foreign travel.  A convenient, online enrollment form can be found at: Chapman ACE Insurance. In addition, students are required to maintain domestic insurance while abroad. This can be independent insurance, coverage under a parent's plan or the Chapman University Wellness Plan.

Please refer to the Health and Safety student webpage for more information on how your student can stay healthy and safe while abroad and what you can do to support them. Health and safety information can also be found in the Student Handbook, which is distributed at the Pre-Departure Orientation to students.

+ - Disabilities and Mental Health Abroad

Chapman University encourages students from all backgrounds and identities to partake in study abroad. Students with disabilities or mental health issues are encouraged to disclose this information to the Center for Global Education early in the study abroad process. The American Disabilities Act is not applicable overseas and certain accommodations may not be met when a student studies abroad. For example, extended test time accommodations in the U.S, may be different. However if students disclose early, we can work with them and our study abroad programs to determine before they depart the types of services that will be available.

Similarly, mental health perspectives, medications, and counseling availability may not be at the same level abroad that a student receives in the U.S.  For example, certain medications at home may be illegal abroad. The Center for Global Education can facilitate a conversation with our partners abroad and work with your student to determine the best fit program and location. Please visit Diversity and Access Resources for more information.  Students are welcome to make a "mental health checkup" appointment at Chapman's Student Psychological Counseling Services if they would like to speak in confidentiality with a mental health professional regarding any concerns they may have before departure.

+ - Student Visas

Each country has its own immigration and visa policies for students. Students may need to obtain a visa from the Consulate or Embassy in the United States. This stamp allows students to stay in the host country for a certain amount of time. Each country has different rules and it is STUDENTS’ responsibility to know and understand these rules. Plan early, some visa applications can take up to 4 months to process! A passport valid for one year after returning home is needed prior to applying for a visa.

Due to legal reasons, the staff of the Center for Global Education cannot provide information about how to obtain a Visa for a foreign country.

For all visa-related questions, please contact the study abroad program provider or host institution (contact numbers below)

For country-specific information, visit travel.state.gov.

+ - Returning Home

Students are going to experience a huge personal growth in the semester they are abroad. While they are excited to share their experiences back home, students often find returning home to be difficult. This is known as reverse culture shock. SIT Study Abroad has developed a study abroad Readjustment Manual for Families to guide you through your student's reverse culture shock.

Study abroad alumni are encouraged to attend the Lessons from Abroad Conference held every year in the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and throughout the U.S. This is a unique opportunity for Chapman students who have participated in both short and long-term academic abroad programs. The conference features workshops on how to articulate the study abroad experience to potential employers and how to work or study abroad after graduation. Students will also have the opportunity to network with professionals in internationally-focused jobs.

In addition, the Center for Global Education and Career Development Center host the workshop, "Branding Your International Experience" every semester for students to learn how to articulate their experience abroad in job interview.

A note on transcripts: Chapman will receive a student's overseas transcript within 2-4 months of the program conclusion. Chapman will then update the student's transcript with grades and credits earned from abroad.

+ - Who to Contact

If your student has questions regarding the study abroad program, including pre-departure information or withdrawing from a program, the student must contact the Center for Global Education at 714-997-6830 or globaled@chapman.edu.

In emergency-only outside of regular University business hours, please contact Chapman University Public Safety: 714-997-6763. They will be in contact with our staff.

If your student has questions regarding billing or financial aid, it is best to contact those specific offices directly.  Please visit the Business Office Staff and Financial Aid websites for specific contact information.

For questions regarding housing while abroad, provider applications, visas, arrival information, and other program details, please contact the program provider/host institutions directly.

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