Study Abroad

Education Abroad

Quinnipiac students participate in semester, short-term, and faculty-led programs abroad in various countries such as Ireland, Australia, Costa Rica, Spain, Nicaragua, Italy, China and South Africa to name a few. Administered by the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement (DCGE), study abroad programs promote a deeper level of understanding of the world by providing an opportunity to live and learn in a new culture. All students are advised to plan early for study abroad and to discuss with their academic adviser to determine whether they can fulfill their graduation requirements through a study abroad program. Students also must attend an information session in the semester prior to the study abroad experience.

For more information, contact the DCGE or visit the website.

Semester Abroad Policies

  1. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Students must not have any pending conduct sanctions.
  3. The study abroad program must be preapproved by the Quinnipiac University Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.
  4. Students must maintain full-time status (12–16 QU credits) while abroad. Some countries limit enrollment to 12 QU credits.
  5. Students studying abroad are required to obtain approval from their academic advisers and respective dean(s) for all courses listed on the Study Abroad Course Preapproval Form. In addition, nursing and health science students are required to sign a statement of understanding prior to receiving approval to study abroad.
  6. The cost of study abroad includes, but is not limited to: a registration fee, Quinnipiac’s study abroad tuition and residence fees (less the dining service fee) and an obligatory overseas emergency medical insurance and security assistance fee. If the cost of the study abroad program exceeds the sum of Quinnipiac’s tuition and housing, the difference will be paid to Quinnipiac by the student. The student is also responsible for paying any refundable security deposits, program application fees and/or program withdrawal fees. Additional expenses include but are not limited to: airfare, visas, meals, academic materials, lab fees, Internet usage, public transportation, personal travel, etc.
  7. Students are required to live at the study abroad program residence facility.
  8. Students who receive financial assistance at Quinnipiac may apply their financial aid for study abroad, including federal aid, state grants, college grants and scholarships. Work study cannot be applied.
  9. Withdrawal from a program initiated by the student, Quinnipiac, the program affiliate and/or the host institution will result in a loss of fees and tuition in accordance with Quinnipiac’s refund policy. Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the student may be subject to action based on Quinnipiac’s Student Conduct System.
  10. For Quinnipiac students studying abroad, the credits and grades for approved courses taken abroad become part of the student’s academic transcript and all grades are included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Grades are the exclusive prerogative of the faculty members teaching the courses. If students have questions about grading in any particular course, they must consult the faculty member teaching that course. Quinnipiac will not change grades issued by another institution.
  11. Students may not take classes for a pass-fail grade.
  12. Students who have not completed the Study Abroad Course Preapproval Form and complied with policy and procedure will not receive transfer credit and will be ineligible to study abroad through Quinnipiac University.

Short-Term Study Abroad Policies

  1. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must not have any existing or pending conduct sanctions.
  2. The short-term study abroad program must be preapproved by the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.
  3. Students shall be limited to two courses taken abroad during their short-term program. Students are not exempt from the Undergraduate Summer Credit Policy as outlined in the Course Schedule and Registration Bulletin, which prohibits students from taking more than 7 credits during the summer. If more courses are requested, then the student must file a variant procedure with the dean of their college or school.
  4. Students may be eligible to apply for financial aid if they are enrolled in 6 credits. Please inquire with the Financial Aid Office for further information.
  5. Students studying abroad are required to obtain approval from their academic advisers and respective dean(s) for all courses listed on the Study Abroad Course Preapproval Form.
  6. A grade of “C” or better will be accepted for transfer credits for all short-term study abroad programs. No letter grade is given for these credits. If the short-term program course grades are less than C, the credits are not accepted at Quinnipiac University.
  7. Students who have not completed the Study Abroad Course Preapproval Form or complied with Quinnipiac Study Abroad policies and procedures will not receive transfer credit and will be ineligible to study abroad through Quinnipiac University.
  8. When studying through a Quinnipiac-approved short-term study abroad program, the student is required to pay the program cost directly to the program or affiliates. The student is responsible for paying Quinnipiac’s obligatory overseas emergency medical insurance and security assistance fee. Payment must be given to the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement by set deadlines. This fee will be paid for the duration of the program. Failure to make the required payments will disqualify a student from receiving transfer credit.

Quinnipiac in Cork, Ireland

All Quinnipiac students also have the opportunity to study at University College, Cork (UCC), in Ireland for a semester, academic year or summer term. Through this direct program, students are encouraged to fully participate in the programs and courses offered by UCC. For more information, visit the UCC website.

Faculty-Led Programs

Quinnipiac faculty members also plan courses with a travel component to various countries during the January term, spring break, and summer terms. Some of the countries visited include Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, various European countries and South Africa. Students interested in participating in a Quinnipiac faculty-led course abroad should contact the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.

Field Studies

During summer, winter and spring recess, Quinnipiac offers faculty-led field trips for credit to sites in the United States and abroad. Field studies trips, to carefully selected locations, are designed to take advantage of the unique educational opportunities made possible by direct contact with other cultures. Pre-trip orientation and on-site instruction are provided by the faculty.

Washington, D.C., Semester Programs

Washington, D.C., semester programs are multi-disciplinary, experiential learning programs bringing students from around the nation and the world to a variety of programming, including semester-length internships, research projects and two-week seminars in the national capitol. Students in any major may apply. Students may choose between Quinnipiac’s affiliated institutions —American University and the Washington Center. Both offer modules that focus on students’ particular areas of interest, such as American politics, economic policy, journalism, international development and the arts. Occasionally students have the opportunity for two-week inter-term and summer seminars. All students must complete an independent research project related to their experience in the program.

To be eligible, Quinnipiac students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and not be under judicial sanctions. Students must pay full-time Quinnipiac tuition for the semester or single course in Washington, D.C. An additional fee (based on the cost difference between Quinnipiac tuition and the program sponsor’s fee) is assessed each student who selects a Washington semester program whose costs exceed Quinnipiac’s tuition. Students receiving financial aid at Quinnipiac may apply their aid to the Washington, D.C., semester; this includes federal aid, state grants, and college grants and scholarships. Additional scholarships from the affiliated programs or other sources may also be applied to tuition or housing costs. For details about the programs and application deadlines, please contact the director of the program at 203-582-8686.

Quinnipiac in LA Program

The Quinnipiac in Los Angeles program is offered during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer, giving undergraduate and graduate students the experience of working and studying in the nation’s second largest city. QU in LA is open to all University students.

The program emphasizes experiential learning and is designed to enhance Quinnipiac’s professionally oriented education. It is intended to expand Quinnipiac’s career development programs, which prepare students to be contributors in the workplace from day one; meet the interests of students who want to experience and understand first hand the unique working environment of Los Angeles and the West Coast; and enable students to have internships, career practicum experience, a sense of independence and autonomy as part of our academic culture. For more information, go to Quinnipiac in Los Angeles.