The Study Abroad Program at Stevenson University provides an educational experience that engages students in their personal, social, and intellectual growth by providing opportunities to explore and learn while studying with Stevenson faculty outside the United States. Stevenson's faculty leaders plan trips that include courses and programs abroad. Faculty leaders guide you on the trip and teach the courses for which you will earn Stevenson University credits.
By immersing themselves in foreign cultures, students will foster understanding, appreciation, and respect for human diversity. Study abroad can be transformative and can prepare students for success in an ever-changing world.
Please consult with your academic advisor about upcoming study abroad opportunities and look for announcements about planned study abroad programs. Individual faculty leaders arrange and conduct each unique trip, so be sure to contact the appropriate faculty leaders for complete information.
When abroad, it is important to remember that you are an ambassador of Stevenson University and of the United States—you should act accordingly. Students are expected to act in a manner that positively reflects the values and beliefs of Stevenson University at all times. Before leaving to study abroad, your faculty leaders will instruct you on proper conduct while abroad, and all students are expected to read and understand SU's travel policies before studying abroad.
Availability and public consumption of alcohol may be greatly increased or decreased in the country students are visiting. The rules about alcohol, including legal drinking age, vary between countries. Students are expected to know and follow their faculty leaders' rules and the host country's laws regarding alcohol. Students should remember that they are responsible for their actions at all times and neither Stevenson nor the U.S. embassy can protect students from the legal consequences of actions committed overseas.
Illegal Drug Use and Other Crimes
If arrested on illegal drug charges or charges of other crimes, students are subject to the host country's laws. Neither Stevenson nor the U.S. embassy can protect students from the legal consequences of actions committed overseas.
Students should consult the U.S Department of State website when considering foreign travel. Specific travel information and advisories will be available at your faculty leaders' required pre-departure orientation meetings.
Health & Safety
Health and Safety Abroad
Traveling to certain regions may require an increased awareness of food and water safety. For students traveling to these regions, your faculty leaders will give you information about food and water safety. While abroad, students can contact the on-site manager with questions or concerns about food and water safety.
Food and Water Safety
- Hot beverages (coffee, tea, etc.), canned, and bottled beverages are usually safe.
- Avoid raw or undercooked food, salads, uncooked vegetables and fruit, non-pasteurized milk and dairy products, raw meat, and shellfish.
- Vegetarian dietary needs may not be easily met. Students should discuss their dietary needs with their physicians before they leave the United States.
- Students with eating disorders should speak with their physician before traveling as many cultures have a different attitude towards food that could prove to be stressful for visiting students.
- Students should consult guidebooks for the country where they will be studying.
Physical Exams and Vaccinations
Students traveling to any region of the world should consider their physical health before traveling. It is recommended that students schedule appointments with a physician and a dentist to discuss the trip, especially if there are pre-existing medical conditions. Students should also be aware that traveling to certain regions may require getting vaccinations ahead of time.
- A physical exam is recommended before studying abroad.
- A visit to a physician and a dental check-up is recommended before studying abroad.
- A consultation with your physician regarding inoculations for specific countries is recommended before studying abroad. Your faculty leaders will also provide information about inoculations.
- Students may need to obtain official documentation of prescriptions in order to take medicine into another country. Please contact your faculty leaders for more information.
Students should consult the U.S Department of State website when considering foreign travel. The Department of State has a specific page for Students Traveling Abroad. Specific travel information and advisories will be available from your faculty leaders at the required pre-departure orientation meetings.
No Barriers to Study
No Barriers to Study
Formally founded in 1988, No Barriers to Study (NBTS) is committed to facilitating study abroad opportunities for college and university students with disabilities.
The NBTS is a consortium of college and university professionals from the areas of disability services, international programs, study abroad, diversity, and other interested groups. The NBTS group meets twice a year to discuss issues and concerns regarding disabled students studying abroad, and collaborative assistance among the various members is given to help make desired and necessary changes to policies, procedures, and best practices to improve study abroad experiences for students with disabilities. The organization has focused on a variety of intrinsic, environmental, and communication obstacles that face students with disabilities as they study abroad.
Increasing numbers of students with disabilities are enrolling in American colleges and universities and expect their higher education institutions to provide full access to educational programs, services, and activities. In addition, institutions of higher education are asking students to internationalize their experiences as a means of enriching their education and preparation for a professional career. As these two movements continue, it is inevitable that more students with disabilities will be seeking to study abroad and seek access to sites abroad. Therefore, education abroad and disability service providers will need to be prepared to handle situations of access abroad for students with disabilities. The professionals from these two entities can be more effective at assisting students with disabilities to study abroad if there is collaboration of efforts and resources.
In NBTS meetings, which all hold a common theme of sharing information, members share best practices, worst practices, case studies, and resources.
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