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Semester Study Abroad - Students attend a university abroad as a visiting international student. Geneseo reviews students based on the host university's selection criteria. Students enroll in classes at the host university and transfer their courses back to Geneseo. With careful planning, students from any major are able to study abroad for a semester.
Students can choose to study abroad on a Geneseo program in a variety of locations based in 21 different countries. Students from other campuses are welcome to study on Geneseo programs. Browse Geneseo programs now!
Students may also choose to study abroad with universities or private providers outside the SUNY system. If students enroll in non-SUNY programs (including community college programs) they will need to request than an official transcript from the sponsoring institution be sent to the Registrar's Office. In addition, Geneseo students who participate in non-SUNY study abroad programs must take a leave of absence from SUNY Geneseo. A Leave of Absence form can be obtained at Doty Hall 312 or can be downloaded from our website.
Students studying abroad for a semester generally take the equivalent of full course-load at SUNY Geneseo (12 US credits minimum). Students often fulfill equirements for their major(s), minor(s), and/or General Education Requirements.
For semester or year-long programs, you should begin exploring study abroad possibilities at least 6 to 12 months before you plan to study abroad, in order to determine whether and how courses will transfer back to Geneseo, meet deadlines for applications, explore financial aid, and make contacts and plans in your host country. You will need to complete a Course Approval Form before the beginning of the program or shortly thereafter.
For semester and host-institution programs, transfer credit is awarded if a grade of "C-" or higher is earned. Grades earned abroad are not calculated into a student's SUNY Geneseo grade point average, but a Study Abroad Transcript Supplement is generated which lists these grades. For Faculty-Led Programs, students will receive a grade for the course they are taking that will count towards their Geneseo G.P.A.
Foreign language experience is not required to study abroad. Programs are available in English-speaking countries as well as programs taught in English in countries whose native language is not English. Consult individual program pages for information regarding language requirements.
For short programs, especially summer programs, you should explore possibilities at least a semester beforehand. In addition to reviewing the information on this website, attending a Geneseo Study Abroad Fair is a good way to learn about available programs. Information on study abroad experiences and programs also is available in our office at Erwin 106. Please contact us for guidance as you begin your search.
Passports are requierd for travel anywhere outside of the United States. Don't have a passport yet? Apply for your passport now!
For specific program costs, please consult the webpage for that program. Browse Geneseo programs now!
Criteria varies for each program. Consult a particular program page for specifics about admission criteria for that program.
In general, deadlines are important. The Study Abroad Office sets deadlines for applications, deposits, paperwork, and various other required materials. The Study Abroad Office uses email as its official means of communication with students. Please be vigilant about checking your email and adhering to the deadlines published by the Study Abroad Office.
The Office of International Programs at SUNY Geneseo is dedicated to actively promoting global awareness and intercultural understanding, supporting the exchange of people and ideas, and developing opportunities for global study, research, and service for students, faculty, and staff.
The Study Abroad Office at SUNY Geneseo strives to provide all program participants with significant personal attention throughout the entire study abroad process.
All students participating in SUNY-sponsored study abroad programs are required to purchase international health and repatriation/evacuation insurance. For SUNY-sponsored programs this insurance is provided by HTH Worldwide (health) and Frontier Medex (repatriation/evacuation).
Safety and Security
Our partners and program locations are carefully selected with safety as an important consideration. While there can never be a guarantee of complete safety, Geneseo will not send students abroad or keep them there if we consider the risks to be unacceptable. We prepare students with pre-departure orientation and monitor on-the-ground situations on a daily basis.
Overseas Citizens Services (for answers related to questions concerning crisis abroad involving American citizens): 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States (from abroad: +1-317-472-2328)
Department of State Consular Sheets (information about individual countries)
Visit the Get Started! page for instructions on how to begin your first steps toward the best study experience you can have in college!