Before you embark on one of our programs, make sure you are familiar with the policies and procedures you need to follow.
From meeting application requirements to securing travel documents to obtaining cell phone access in a host country, everything you need to know is outlined in this section.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Applications will be considered complete and will be reviewed once the following are submitted online:
Please note some programs may require a personal interview as part of the application process.
For specific deadlines, refer to individual program descriptions.
Places in CGE programs are limited. All application materials must be received by the application closure date to be considered.
Admission to programs offered by the Center for Global Education (CGE) is by application.
Applications may be accepted after the application deadline based on availability and at the discretion of the program director and/or the Center for Global Education.
Incomplete applications (application itself has incomplete sections, required application documents are missing, letter of recommendation is missing, etc.) will be considered pending and held up until the application deadline. Pending applications will be held after the application deadline only if the program has not reached enrolled capacity.
Student eligibility for acceptance to and participation in a Center for Global Education program is determined by a variety of factors. Students must meet the stated minimum program requirements for the program to which they are applying, which may include, but are not limited to, GPA, pre-requisite courses and language proficiency. Students must demonstrate a history of maturity, adaptability, self-discipline and strong academic motivation.
Some programs may allow students who do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements to be accepted on a conditional basis. It is the student’s responsibility to prove that they have satisfied all of the eligibility requirements for their program prior to departure. If the conditions are not met, the Center for Global Education reserves the right to withdraw the student’s acceptance. In addition, the Center for Global Education reserves the right to reject applicants who fall below one or more of the eligibility requirements after initial acceptance to a program. Applicants who fall below or fail to meet any of the eligibility requirements after having initially been accepted to a program will be subject to the CGE’s payment policies (see Payment Obligations section).
In addition, the Center for Global Education will review a student’s disciplinary record when making admissions decisions. Factors that will be taken into account during this review process will include, but not be limited to, the nature and scope of the student’s disciplinary violation(s) and the timeframe of the violation(s). Students with sanctions of disciplinary probation, suspension from the University Residence Halls, or expulsion from the University Residence Halls may not participate in a Global Education program. The Center for Global Education reserves the right to deny acceptance to students who have problematic disciplinary histories or where the University is in the process of investigating or responding to an allegation of a violation of University policies.
Depending on the program, a student may be required to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit. The deposit will be applied towards the total program cost and is due 10 business days from the date of acceptance into the program. Your place in the program will be held as soon as your non-refundable program deposit is paid. If you have not paid the deposit by the stated deadline, you risk forfeiting your place in the program. If a deposit waiver was granted and the student withdraws from the program, a $500 charge will be added to their student account.
The cost of Drew’s shortTRECs vary by program. What is included in that program cost will vary by program, too. Most program costs include tuition, housing and educational and cultural activities. Airfare and meals may or may not be included, depending on program location. Please see the individual program descriptions for details.
Drew students participating in a longTREC will be charged Drew tuition plus the cost of housing and meals of their chosen program.
When participating in Drew’s longTREC London Semester, you will pay on-campus Drew tuition. In addition, there is a program fee which covers the cost of a furnished flat in central London; a Travelcard for local transportation for the entire semester; cultural programs and field trips; and access to local health services. International transportation, meals, books and incidental expenses are not included.
When participating in a longTREC with one of Drew’s Global Partners, you will pay Drew tuition to Drew. In addition, you will be billed by Drew according to the financial procedures outlined below.
Drew will pay the cost of the program to your program sponsor. You will be responsible for any non-refundable advance deposit required by your program sponsor. Drew will pay the balance of the program costs and credit your account for any deposit paid in advance.
* These figures reflect the approximate percentage of the Drew comprehensive fee that covers similar costs.
The program fee is charged to the Drew student account when the student has registered for the associated course(s) for the program. Full payment is due by the start date of the program.
In order to participate in a shortTREC, you must be registered for the appropriate course. For January and spring break shortTRECs, you must be registered no later than December 1. For summer shortTRECs, you must be registered no later than May 1. If you are not registered by these dates, you will be withdrawn from the program and will forfeit your $500 deposit.
In order to register, your account must be clear with the Office of Student Accounts. Please think carefully before paying your $500 deposit to hold your place in a shortTREC, especially if you have an outstanding balance on your student account. If you are not able to register for the shortTREC by the registration deadline, you will forfeit your deposit and be withdrawn from the program.
Students who wish to withdraw from a nycTREC or longTREC are subject to Drew’s Institutional Refund Policies.
Students who wish to withdraw from a shortTREC before the program start date must notify the Center for Global Education via e-mail.
If a student withdraws from a shortTREC on or after December 1 (for January or spring break shortTRECs) or May 1 (for summer shortTRECs), for any reason, the student is responsible for paying 100% of the program fee.
Students who wish to withdraw from a nycTREC or longTREC London Semester are subject to Drew’s Institutional Refund Policies as they relate to tuition charges.
Students who wish to withdraw from a longTREC partner program are subject to Drew’s Institutional Refund Policies less any unrecoverable program partner fees.
Students enrolled in a shortTREC or longTREC London Semester are automatically covered under Drew’s insurance policy with Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA). EIIA’s International Insurance Program allows students to receive a refund for any of the covered reasons described in their trip cancellation or trip interruption coverage. It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the terms of this coverage and what it does and does not include and evaluate whether the coverage meets their individual needs. Students should discuss with their parents whether they wish to purchase additional trip interruption/cancelation coverage at their own expense from an independent travel insurance provider.
Students who withdraw from a program may not apply their non-refundable deposit to another program.
CGE reserves the right to cancel or suspend a program as deemed necessary. In such a case, accepted applicants are given a full refund of all fees paid.
CGE makes every effort to ensure that programs operate as described in the published material. However, circumstances occasionally dictate that changes are necessary or advisable. Such circumstances may include but are not limited to staffing, excursions, immersion activities, academic options and/or housing options. CGE cannot guarantee any course selections made by students. Course availability may be changed by the partner program and/or CGE at any time. No refund or reduction of fees will be made as long as the altered arrangements are similar to the original arrangements as deemed by CGE. Determination of similarity will be made at CGE’s sole discretion.
All deposit payments must be submitted to the Center for Global Education.
Deposit payments can be made by check to “Drew University” or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) in person (at the Center for Global Education) or by phone at 973-408-3438. Cash is not accepted.
The balance due must be paid to the Drew Student Accounts Office (by check or cash), or in the Student Account Center on TreeHouse prior to the start of the program.
For shortTRECs: Students who are matriculated at time of participation in a shortTREC are eligible for scholarships to help defray the cost of the program. Graduated seniors, Pathway students and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for scholarships. On average, scholarships cover 25 percent of the program cost. Students apply for these scholarships at the time of application to the shortTREC. Recipients of these scholarships will be notified shortly after acceptance to the program.
For longTRECs: Students will continue to be eligible for financial aid while studying on a longTREC, whether the Drew London Semester or a longTREC Global Partner Program. This includes federal and state loans and Drew merit scholarships and need-based grants. It does not include work study. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Drew tuition, cost of housing and meals for the program in which you are participating and an allowance for books, travel and personal expenses.
Drew merit scholarships can be used up to their full semester value for the London Semester. Similarly, merit scholarships that are a part of a need-based financial aid package may be used to their full semester value for a longTREC Global Partner Program. However, if your merit scholarship exceeds your financial need and you enroll in a longTREC Global Partner Program, the value of the merit scholarship will be the greater of half of the original semester award or the difference between tuition at Drew and the cost of the Global Partner Program.
If you currently receive financial assistance from Drew, you must reapply for financial aid each year; participation in a global education program does not change this requirement. Applications should be submitted to Drew’s Office of Financial Assistance according to the usual regulations and deadlines.
For nycTRECs: All financial aid to which a student is normally entitled may be applied in to the semester in which a students participates in a nycTRECs. Participation in a nycTREC does not affect a student’s financial aid.
You must possess a valid passport in order to participate in a Center for Global Education program outside the United States.
It is your responsibility to secure any required visa documents when participating in a program outside of the United States. The Center for Global Education will provide general instructions; however, program participants are fully responsible for researching specific requirements for their selected destination. Ultimately it is your responsibility to meet the deadlines and submit the completed application in sufficient time for successful processing before your departure. Failure to comply with international immigration requirements may inhibit you from entering the host country. Additionally, it is your responsibility for researching and abiding by the immigration requirements of any country you will travel to or through during your program. The Center for Global Education cannot intercede if you do not obtain the appropriate visa and/or are denied a visa.
The Center for Global Education requires you to have a local service phone number available to your program director and/or program staff for emergency contact purposes. Relying on WiFi spots for communication is not dependable and will not ensure that your program director and/or program staff can reach you in the event of an emergency. Students may choose to acquire a cell phone prior to departure or once they arrive at their program destination. We encourage our program participants to research their options and choose the best provider to meet their needs.
If you fail to secure a locally serviced phone plan during your program and/or do not provide that information to the program director and/or program staff, you will be in violation of program policy and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Participants must arrive on the specified program arrival date and before any cut-off time. If you cannot arrive on the specified program arrival date, you must e-mail the Center for Global Education.
Some programs include transportation from the arrival airport to the program site or assigned housing. Students who fail to arrive when airport pickup is available are responsible for their own transportation to the program site or assigned housing. These students are also responsible for making contact with the Director and/or program staff in order to meet up with the group and gain access to their housing. Students arriving prior to the program arrival date and/or staying past the program end date are responsible for securing and paying for their own accommodation. A student whose scheduled flight has been delayed must contact the Director, program staff, or the Center for Global Education. Such students will be reimbursed for transportation to the program site or assigned housing with a valid receipt.
Orientation meetings, both before the program begins and once on site, are mandatory for all CGE program participants. Failure to participate in orientation meetings may jeopardize your participation in the program. Orientation meetings will cover topics such as Health and Safety, Housing and Academics. For this reason, it is essential that you attend all orientation meetings.
Your program includes organized excursions as part of your academic and cultural experience. These activities are required components of the academic program and therefore attendance is mandatory unless otherwise specified by your program director. Excursion itineraries are based on availability and are subject to change.
Any travel outside the officially sponsored program activities is considered independent travel. This includes travel before, after, or during the program dates.
Students who plan to travel independently outside the host city or country, or on an overnight trip, at any time within the official dates of the program must notify the program director in writing. Students must provide a copy of their travel plans, flight information, hotel or hostel information and emergency contact numbers. Students are fully responsible for advising their parents and/or guardians of their travel plans.
Under no circumstances should independent travel interfere with the student’s program obligations.
You are fully responsible for planning and managing all personal travel plans, including understanding the safety situation in any place you visit. Your Director and/or program staff may not be able to come to your aid should you need support outside of your host city.
Students participating in Center for Global Education programs are not permitted to operate motor vehicles (including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, or off-road vehicles) while participating in a global education program. Unfamiliar roads, signage and road conditions and limited knowledge of local traffic laws and local rules of the road, can increase risks while driving abroad. Driving on an unfamiliar side of the road or an unfamiliar side of the car can also increase risk of injury or accident.
We recommend the use of public transportation at all times.
For insurance purposes, participants are prohibited from participating in any of the following activities while enrolled in a global education program: skydiving/parachuting, hang gliding, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, pot-holing, ziplining, motorcycle riding and scuba diving—unless scuba diving is assigned as part of the curriculum of study for course credit.
For most programs, you will be given access to the Housing and Dietary Preferences Form upon acceptance to your chosen program. You should review and complete the form thoughtfully so that your program director can make the most suitable housing assignment for you. The Center for Global Education, along with the program director, reviews the Housing and Dietary Preferences Forms and makes assignments based on your requests and within the limits of the on-site housing arrangements. The Center for Global Education cannot guarantee housing preferences. Once CGE assigns housing, there will be no changes except in limited or special circumstances. CGE reserves the right to fill any empty housing space with additional program participants at any time.
Students are expected to stay in the official program housing for the full length of the program and must vacate the accommodations on the last official day of the program. If circumstances require an early departure, students must first obtain permission by notifying, in writing, the program director. No refund will be given for early departures. Specifics of move-out procedures will be provided on-site. If you wish to arrive at your program site early or stay beyond the program end date, you will be responsible for securing and paying for your own housing. You must adhere to proper check-out procedures when vacating program housing, including turning in keys; removing personal items, waste and debris; and leaving the housing unit in essentially the same condition it was upon move-in. Your program director may check housing as deemed necessary throughout the session without prior notice.
Upon moving into housing, you may be required to complete and sign an inventory checklist, an accurate and complete record of the contents and conditions of rooms and any shared common areas. At the end of the program, when you check out of your program housing, the Inventory Checklist and housing inspection will serve as the basis for billing as appropriate. All damage, even unintentional, will be billed to your student account. If responsibility cannot be determined in the case of housing shared by two or more program participants, the cost will be split equally among all residents. If excessive cleaning and trash removal is required at the end of the program, you will be responsible for all additional costs incurred. The program director, without liability and at your expense, will dispose of any personal items left in program housing at the end of the program. The program director will make every effort to inform you of any fees or charges that will be billed to you; however, the program director reserves the right to inspect housing and assess charges after your departure.
You will receive and are expected to conform to the local rules and regulations of your housing assignment during your program. The following are general terms and conditions that apply to all Center for Global Education programs (apartments, youth hostels, host families, hotels, university housing, etc.). All program participants are subject to Drew’s Student Conduct Policy and Procedures, regardless of housing arrangements.
Peaceful and Quiet Environment: Remember that you are a guest in your host country and that rules of etiquette and common courtesy may be different from those in your home country or on Drew’s campus. It is important that you be respectful of your neighbors and your hosts; refrain from excessive noise and commotion; abide by any local curfews or noise ordinances; and be discreet and quiet in your buildings and surrounding neighborhoods. Keep in mind that at all times, you represent your program, Drew University and your home country during your time abroad and are expected to conduct yourself accordingly.
Each CGE participant will be issued keys to housing upon check-in. Under no circumstances may you share or copy your keys. If you lose or damage keys during the program, you will be responsible for the cost of replacing keys and/or all associated locks. You are also required to follow any additional security procedures as dictated by your specific housing facility. If your housing facility uses a security code, you may NOT share this code with anyone who does not live in the building. You must physically escort any visitors to and from entryways and housing units.
Students are fully responsible for their personal belongings and will not receive compensation from CGE for any theft or damage of those belongings by a third party or other CGE program students. Students are encouraged to investigate obtaining insurance and coverage for personal property, such as electronics, through their parent’s homeowners insurance or temporary policies. Students are strongly encouraged to leave expensive jewelry or irreplaceable items at home.
Housing arrangements have been carefully chosen to support the academic and extracurricular goals of individual programs. Students are required to use the program housing arranged by Drew. Students may not arrange for their own housing or choose independent housing, unless the student can demonstrate compelling circumstances to the Center for Global Education’s satisfaction and have secured written approval in advance from the Center for Global Education.
As a participant in the program and in furtherance of your education, you are also responsible for researching and understanding issues that relate to health, political, legal, cultural and religious conditions in your host country.
While you participate in a CGE program, you are responsible for your actions and behavior abroad. You agree to be tolerant and respectful of your fellow participants, housing partners, academic partners, faculty and staff, local residents and local authorities. It is required and is assumed that you will have read, understood and agreed to all of the policies, obligations and requirements of the CGE program, as evidenced by your signature on the Liability Waiver and your acknowledgement of receipt of the CGE Policies Overview. You are responsible for communicating information to the program director as well as any interested parties outside of CGE (such as family, friends, etc.) including: confirmation of your arrival; your local phone number and address; updates on your health status or any medical situation; and your travel itineraries.
The most important factor in a safe study-abroad experience is sensible, cautious behavior. You are responsible for planning for your own safety by educating yourself and gaining a full understanding of the safety situation and laws of your host country and other travel destinations. For information on general safety, consult any documentation received during orientation, Country Information for the program location posted on the Bureau of Consular Affairs – U.S. Department of State website (www.travel.state.gov), as well as any current U.S. Department of State-issued Travel Alert.
Your responsibility also extends to managing and maintaining safe, appropriate relationships with roommates, other program participants, faculty, staff and local residents. Actions that jeopardize your welfare or that of fellow participants, staff and faculty will not be tolerated and will be addressed immediately according to the Discipline Process section.
As a CGE Program Student, you agree to abide by all U.S., international and/or local laws prohibiting discrimination, harassment, verbal abuse, physical abuse/assault and bullying of any kind. This includes the use of any web-based media or electronic communication to harass, bully, intimidate, threaten, or cause another individual to feel threatened. Victims of such abuse should take any and all available measures to contact CGE for assistance. Such measures may include:
If you are involved in or found responsible for an assault or abuse of a fellow CGE Program Student, CGE staff, faculty, or a third party, you will be subject to CGE’s discipline policy (see the CGE Discipline Procedure) as well as local and U.S. law.
You are fully responsible for your personal health, well-being and actions. This includes situations where you may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal). If you are under medical treatment, take medication, have addictions, or have any medical conditions, you take full responsibility for all consequences of these conditions. You further understand that you should carefully assess, in conjunction with your parents and/or guardians, your maturity and ability participate in an international program. Actions that demonstrate that you are unable to accept this responsibility and effectively manage your condition(s) may result in disciplinary action. If you have reason to doubt your ability to adhere to this requirement, CGE recommends that you seek the advice and approval of your doctor before confirming your participation on a CGE program. You are responsible for completing the Travel Health Form.
Drew University is insured through Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA). Drew’s membership in EIIA’s International Travel Program includes broad internationally valid health insurance coverage to students participating in a global education program. Students traveling abroad on a shortTREC or the longTREC London Semester are automatically covered under this insurance policy. No “activation” is necessary. Students traveling abroad on a longTREC partner program are not covered and should consult with the program provider. It is critical that students maintain appropriate health insurance while traveling overseas and if there any questions, they should consult with CGE staff.
For a complete description of coverage, please review the EIIA International Travel Program (www.eiia.org/ForeignAssist) Brochure and Insurance Summary.
The Center for Global Education maintains clear, consistent policies in regards to alcohol and drugs. You are also subject to your host country’s laws regulating alcohol consumption and illegal substances. If you violate the laws of your host country or any country to which you may travel while participating in a program, neither the Center for Global Education nor the Embassy/Consulate will intercede on your behalf. If you are dismissed from a program for drug- or alcohol-related reasons, you may not receive academic credit.
Students traveling abroad remain subject to Drew’s student conduct policies as well, including restrictions on the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Any incidents involving alcohol or drugs will lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the Disciplinary Procedure section. Sanctions may include being sent home from the program. Specific sanctions from the host country for alcohol- or drug-related legal violations may also occur. Drew does not encourage the use of or condone any behaviors that are detrimental to the health and welfare of the individual, the Drew program and its local partners, or the local community.
Alcohol may be consumed, but not abused, by students who are of legal age in their host countries. If you choose to consume alcohol, you do so with the knowledge that you are responsible for your actions at all times. The Center for Global Education prohibits the use of alcohol that is illegal in the host country and the illegal distribution of alcohol to students who are not of legal drinking age in their host countries.
The CGE will impose serious sanctions on any student who commits an alcohol infraction, including drunkenness and/or any abuse of alcohol. Participation in any program-sponsored event while under the influence of alcohol is not permitted. If you arrive at a program-related event or activity under the influence of alcohol, as determined by the program director or related program staff, you will be asked to leave immediately.
“Alcohol abuse” includes, but is not limited to, the following signs or incidents:
Involvement in an incident related to or a consequence of alcohol use including, but not limited to:
The Center for Global Education has a zero tolerance policy for purchase, possession, use, or distribution of any drugs considered to be illicit, illegal, or a controlled substance. Any violations will be grounds for dismissal. Students are further cautioned that the possession of drugs is often dealt with harshly by local, host-country law enforcement and neither the University nor the U.S. Embassy can obtain release from jail.
The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are seriously detrimental to one’s health and well-being. Drew urges students involved with either to obtain the necessary assistance from medical professionals and counselors. Please contact the University Counseling and Consulting Services on the Drew campus or the appropriate office on the coordinate campuses for possible treatment and assistance locations providing alcohol detox and drug rehabilitation, as well as the associated counseling.
The Center for Global Education strongly encourages you to notify the program director and/or staff if you have been involved in any traumatic physical or emotional experience, or have been the victim of a crime. Your program director and/or staff will assist you with obtaining professional care or support as needed.
If you feel that you may have a problem with the use or abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances, the program director and/or staff will assist you in identifying available local resources.
You are responsible for understanding the scope of support available to you through your program, local authorities, and the U.S. Embassy, and for soliciting those resources in appropriate situations to support your safety and that of fellow students.
Drew University will take disciplinary action if you engage in activities that:
You are responsible for any fees incurred due to extenuating circumstances, damages, theft, or other financial loss. You are responsible for paying any fees, costs, or services.
Your program director and/or program staff will document all incidents where a student is involved in a possible violation of the University Student Conduct Policies and Procedures. The incident will be addressed through the Procedures for Student Conduct Policy Violations found in University Student Conduct Policy and Procedures. In its sole discretion, Drew reserves the right to expel a student from the program.
If a student is dismissed from the program, repayment for costs or fees incurred by Drew and any personal financial obligations, are the full responsibility of the student. The student will not be entitled to refunds of any kind. With the exception of immediate dismissal, a student may be given two to four days to leave the program, vacate assigned housing and organize transportation home. Note that in some countries and under some visas, if students are no longer eligible for the program, visas may become invalid and students may need to leave the host country within a certain time period or risk immigration violations.
Information concerning disciplinary actions may be shared with the program director and/or staff and the director of the Center for Global Education.
All courses must be taken for credit and a grade. Taking a course Pass/No Pass is not an option.
As a participant in a longTREC partner program, you are expected to be enrolled in a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 credits per semester.
Your anticipated courses must by pre-approved in order to receive transfer credit by completing a “C.L.A. Pre-Approval for Course Credit for Study Abroad” form. To complete the form, you must obtain approval signatures from your faculty advisor, department chairperson (for any courses you wish to count towards your major/minor requirements) and the Drew University Registrar. Once abroad, you must obtain the same approvals for any changes to your preapproved course selection.
You will receive credit for courses in which you earn a grade of C- or better. Course titles, credits and grades appear on your transcript, but grades do not count towards your Drew GPA. Participation in partner programs is limited to a total of two semesters.
Drew limits the number of transfer credits allowed toward graduation to 80 credits. Those who already have substantial AP and other transfer credits should check with the Registrar and their advisor(s) to be sure that they will have the 48 Drew credits required for graduation.
During your semester abroad, you will enroll in STAB 301, which will serve as a placeholder until the Registrar’s Office receives your transcript certifying successful completion of the program of study.
Drew’s Add/Drop Policy is applicable to all nycTRECs and longTRECs.
Awarding of credit to students who withdraw from a shortTREC while the program is in progress will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Students who wish to disclose a disability and seek accommodations are instructed to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources in advance. Students participating in a CGE program abroad should make this contact prior to leaving the U.S. and will be asked to complete the Request for Accommodation letter.
The earlier students communicate any special needs, the better the Office of Accessibility Services, the CGE and students can evaluate options for onsite support, which may vary from support services available in the U.S.
Drew believes that the experience of studying off-campus is an important component of a liberal arts education. It is not a “break” in the progress towards your degree, but rather an integral part which will expose you to different ways of thinking, develop your awareness of critical issues and ideas, and provide you with a better understanding of yourself in relation to the world in which you live.
While off-campus study can be exciting and rewarding, it does present special challenges. Programs, particularly international ones, require intellectual and emotional maturity. It is an experience unlike that of on-campus study or a tourist visit. If you are mature and academically committed, with an open mind towards other peoples and cultures, you are a good candidate for an international or off-campus program.
An advising session can help you to determine the type of program which will best suit your needs, guide you in your research of programs, clarify the policies and procedures applied to off-campus study, aid you in the completion of required application forms, and give you a chance to ask any questions that you may have. We can also provide you with the names of students who have participated in the program in which you are interested to learn about their experiences.
Please schedule an appointment by contacting the Center for Global Education at email@example.com or 973-408-3438.
Selecting an appropriate program is an important decision, and requires a considerable amount of time and energy. Advance planning, thoughtful consideration of your interests and objectives, and consultation with your faculty advisor and the Center for Global Education staff can help facilitate the process.
In order to choose the right program, ask yourself:
Why do I want to participate in a global education program? Choosing a program will be easier if you have some clearly defined reasons for wanting to engage in such an experience. Off-campus study is not intended to be a break from your academic plans, but an integral part of them. If your goal is to simply take some time away from Drew or to travel to an exotic destination, you may want to consider other options. Think carefully about what you hope to gain from such an experience and identify programs which will meet your academic and career goals and objectives.
What are my educational and career objectives? A global education program can complement your on-campus course work by providing the opportunity to conduct interesting research, to develop fluency in a foreign language, to explore a different culture, or to gain experience through an internship. Consider how such an experience might contribute to your own academic and professional development, and seek programs to further your objectives. In doing so, pay close attention to the range and level of courses a program offers.
What program length is suitable for me? Global education programs vary in length from one week to an entire academic year. Judge for yourself what program length bests suits your needs and interests. It is important to consider the differences among one month, semester, and year-long programs. The experience each one offers is simply not the same.
Where do I want to study? Your academic and professional interests will influence your decision regarding program location. If you want to study Eastern religions, your obvious choice would be countries in Asia. If your goal is to study a foreign language, you can choose a country in which the language is spoken. On the other hand, remember that your program location does not necessarily determine the courses offered there. For example, not all programs in Italy focus on Italian language; many include topics ranging from Art History to Economics. You can study French not only in France, but also in Belgium and Senegal. Internships in Washington, D.C. are just as valuable for an English major planning for a career in writing as they are for a political science major seeking experience for a career in government.
Take a moment to think about whether you prefer to study in a large city or a small town. World capitals such as Rome and London have their special attractions, but may be dominated by tourists. Small towns usually provide more opportunities to get to know people in their regular, daily lives. Also consider where you are most comfortable. Chances are if you do not enjoy the hectic pace of Manhattan, you probably would not like living in a major metropolitan center. Remaining open-minded about your program location will increase the options available to you.
What is my budget? Please be aware that global education programs carry some additional expense for which you should plan. Besides Drew tuition, costs to consider are travel, room and board as well as personal expenses. Other expenditures, for things such as non-program sponsored travel, entertainment and souvenirs, will vary depending on the exchange rate, living standards in the chosen country, and your own personal tastes.
Do I have special needs? If you have special needs that require accommodation, please advise the Center for Global Education.
Make sure that your passport will be valid for travel well beyond the duration of your trip and, if necessary, meets the validity criteria for a student visa as is determined by the U.S.-based embassy of your host country. For more information on applying or renewing your passport, visit the State Department web site at http://travel.state.gov/
If you need a visa to study abroad, it is critical that you begin the process immediately. This can be a time-consuming process so it is important to make your appointment with the consulate as soon as possible and gather the necessary documentation as early as you can.
Depending on where you are traveling, you may need certain immunizations and medications to prevent the contraction of diseases. Drew University Health Services (ext. 3414) can provide health-related advice and administer the vaccines and medicines you may need while abroad. To obtain Center for Disease Control health information for specific destinations, visit http://www.cdc.gov/travel
Prior to the start of your program, you will be required to complete and submit a number of materials. Please refer to your Application home page and the specific program in which you will participate.
Greetings from “The Forest”! We hope that you are enjoying your international or off-campus program experience. The Center for Global Education has created this list of frequently asked questions to assist you during your time off-campus. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
How do I register for courses for the following semester from abroad?
If you have internet access, view course listings on the Registrar’s home page. Once you have chosen your classes, you can fax your registration form to the Registrar at (973) 408-3044. You may also register by sending an email to the Registrar’s Office. Make sure you send a copy to your advisor, as well as any instructors who must provide a signature for course admittance. Please be sure to keep a copy of your registration for your records.
What do I need to do if I want to stay another semester?
If you want to spend another semester abroad, you need to:
How do I get credit for classes if they differ from those I got Pre-Approved?
Once you know which courses you are taking, forward a copy of your course list to the Registrar’s Office. For courses that differ from those indicated on the Pre-Approval Form, you will need to include a course description. You must also send a copy to the specific department chairs to ensure that you will receive credit for courses you would like to apply towards major or minor requirements.
What do I do if I want to leave the program early?
Choosing to leave a program early is an important decision. There are many things to consider. Check with your program sponsor regarding credit transfer or refund policies. For students studying on Approved List programs, the sponsor’s policies will replace Drew refund policies. Talk with your program director or on-site faculty to determine if leaving the program is the best decision.
If you decide to withdraw, you will need to inform your program sponsor as well as notify our office. If you would like to return to Drew immediately, you will also need to contact the Registrar, Housing and Financial Aid offices. Note that this option is only available before the start or at the beginning of the semester.
If you are planning on taking courses at another university or taking a semester off, you need to contact the Student Life Office to complete Leave of Absence paperwork.
What are the phases of emotional adjustment I can expect to go through?
A person can go through multiple incremental adjustments and set-backs on their journey to cultural adjustment.
For Study Abroad Emergencies during Office Hours, please call the Center for Global Education at (973) 408-3438.
For After-Hours Study Abroad Emergencies please call Public Safety (973) 408-3379. This number is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The Public Safety Officer staffing this line will be able to put you in touch with someone who can assess and address the emergency and assist you.