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Study Abroad Cycle: 
Advising > Application > Getting Ready to Go > While Abroad > Upon Return

Millersville University students may study abroad in nearly every country worldwide. Although most students study abroad during their sophomore or junior year, students may study or participate in a professional international experience abroad, any time after completing 24 academic credits of study.


Study Abroad: Types of Programs

Study Abroad encompasses many different kinds of programs. To professional internships to non-credit service learning. In order to better understand the terminology Global Education will use during the advising process, see below for a list of the various kinds of study abroad:
  Traditional Study Abroad:
  • MU Partner Programs: Partner programs have a direct relationship with Global Education. MU has a strong working relationship with these partners, they are site visited, MU students study there regularly and exchange students attend MU from many of these institutions.
  • Affiliated Programs: Affiliated programs are generally run by a third party organization or program provider. Global Education has a direct relationship with the third party provider. Students participating in these programs take their courses at the Affiliates' partner institutions or centers as part of a cohort. MU is connected to three program providers with international institutions.
    • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
    • Academic Programs Abroad (API)
    • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
    • Maryville University's summer MOSAIC program
  • Non-Millersville Programs: If you wish to pursue a study abroad destination beyond the MU Partner Program offerings, you may choose to study abroad through another university’s programs or study abroad company. Non-MU programs must be approved by Global Education before students may apply to the Non-MU program. There are plenty of websites to help you narrow down your country, city, and university of interest. You can search study abroad databases of programs such as www.iiepassport.org or you can research the study abroad options of other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities.
Professional Experiences Abroad There are several ways to gain professional “hands-on” experience in another culture, all while boosting your resume!
  • Internships: International internships are available to almost all majors and minors. Students may intern abroad for a semester or a summer session.
  • Social Work Senior Field Placement: Social Work majors can complete their senior field placement in Cape Town, South Africa, London, England and Dublin, Ireland.
  • Student Teaching: International student teaching placements are possible in various locations, during the second half of a student’s senior student teaching requirement.
MU Guided Programs:
If you are looking for a shorter study abroad experience, or a more guided experience, you can participate in a MU Course/Group Abroad. These are credit or non-credit service learning trips, courses or other guided experiences led by MU faculty or staff who take a group of students abroad. These can be for credit, typically 3-6 credits, or not for credit.
 

Why Study Abroad?

According to the Pennsylvania Council on International Education: 
  • Currently, 6,500 international companies employ 300,000 people within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • In 2010, 40,000 immigrant-owned businesses in Pennsylvania represented 8.2% of the economy of $2.2 billion in annual income.
  • More and more U.S. jobs are linked to international trade, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and health sciences. Pennsylvania is host to top quality, internationally-recognized universities for STEM education.
  • As of 2014, the total number of immigrants residing in PA eclipsed 750,000 for a total population of 5.9%. Growth in the foreign-born population increased 49.6% between 2000-2013. In addition to the creation of new jobs to assist this population, our students must graduate with the skills and compassion to understand the diverse members of society. 
Even if you don't end up staying in PA, a 2013 AIM Overseas report stated 61% of employers agree that an overseas study experience is a positive on a resume. Additionally, 72% of employers agree that knowing a second language adds to the appeal of a prospective employee. The same study reported 95% of students found the exchange experience as useful with regard to their future career plans! 

Professional/Academic Reasons and Earned Skills:
  • Resume or graduate school application
  • Practice/enhance language skills
  • Learn your major content from a different perspective (Education/teaching skills, business methods, etc.)
  • Increase international job prospects or global networking
  • Take classes that are not available at MU
  • Greater knowledge of different cultures
  • Identify/change career objectives
  • Work as part of a team often with members with different perspectives and approaches
  • Function with a high level of ambiguity
  • Communicate through language barriers
Personal Reasons and Earned Skills:
  • Learn to take Initiative; be confident in skills and ideas
  • Handle difficult situations diplomatically
  • Learn self-reliance and function independently
  • Crisis management: identify problems and utilize available (often limited) resources to solve problems
  • Approach issues with open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity
  • Adapt to new environments
  • Demonstrate flexibility
  • Develop intercultural awareness
  • Learn more about your self and how you identify
  • Gain life experience
  • Ability to travel between classes/internships
  • Appreciate friend/family or situation in life more

Study Abroad Eligibility Criteria

To review the full Millersville University study abroad policy, please view the Governance Manual webpage
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 college credits (individual programs may have higher requirements) prior to departure. Credit requirements for faculty/staff-led programs can be reduced. Students may submit their application for the upcoming study abroad term during the semester in which they complete the minimum credit requirements. 
  • Students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at time of application (individual programs may have higher requirements), and maintain their GPA prior to departure.
  • Students must be in good judicial standing. The opportunity to study abroad may be denied based on a student’s judicial standing with the University as defined in the Student Code of Conduct. Judicial standing will be evaluated at the time of the student’s initial application and monitored before his/her departure until the student returns from their experience abroad. A student is required to abide by MU’s Code of Conduct while abroad. Any incidents while abroad that violate MU’s Code of Conduct will be processed by Millersville’s Judicial Affairs Office. If a student is required to withdraw from a study abroad program for academic or conduct reasons, either before or after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. Note: A suspension from MU encompasses all university activities, which includes study abroad.
  • Students must demonstrate the personal maturity, responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and the stress management skills necessary for a successful study abroad experience.
  • Students must pay all applicable fees. This includes but is not limited to application fees, participation fees, and the fee for international health and travel insurance through MU’s insurance provider.
  • Students must successfully complete the pre-departure process after approval is granted by Global Education. For students who do not complete the pre-departure process, Global Education reserves the right to revoke their program approval.  

Study Abroad Timeline

Study Abroad Term: Applications are Available: Applications are Due:
Winter June 1 Mid-September
Spring June 1 Mid-September
Spring Calendar Year June 1 Mid-February
Summer January 1 Mid-February
Fall January 1 Mid-February
Academic Year January 1 Mid-February