prospective Students: Frequently Asked questions

Below is a list of FAQs that the Study Abroad Office gets from students who are considering studying abroad.  If you don't see your question listed on here, please email studyabroad@geneseo.edu.

 

Why do I need to submit a copy of my passport with my application?
I don't have a passport/my passport has expired and the application deadline is fast approaching.  What should I do?
I'd like to talk to someone about study abroad....
In general, how much does study abroad cost?
When is the application deadline?
What if my application materials (such as letters of recommendation) do not arrive by the application deadline?
Can I apply for more than one program per application?
What is the GPA requirement for study abroad?
When will I find out if I've been accepted?
Can I apply for Humanities II if I haven't taken Humanities I yet?
Can I take both Humanities I and II abroad?
I'm a freshman.  Can I apply for Study Abroad?

 

 

Why do I need to submit a copy of my passport with my application?

For summer/intersession program students on program for which Geneseo books the flights, international flights cannot be reserved without the information on your passport.  For semester students, many of the host institutions abroad will require us to send them a copy of your passport with your application materials.  We also like to confirm that your passport will be valid for at least six months after the end of your program.

 

I don't have a passport/my passport has expired and the application deadline is fast approaching.  What should I do?

If you don't have a passport or your current passport has expired (or is about to expire) and you are within two weeks of the program application deadline, you need to apply for a new passport right away and you need to pay to have it expedited.  If we do not have your passport by the time we are ready to book flights for your group, we will have to book you separately and you will have to pay the cost of an individual ticket (which is more expensive than a group ticket).  If you have any questions about expediting a passport, please stop by the Study Abroad Office.

 

I'd like to talk to someone about study abroad....

Please email studyabroad@geneseo.edu to make an appointment or stop by during walk-in advisement hours (Thurs. and Fri. from 1pm through 4pm).

 

In general, how much does study abroad cost?

All costs are program specific.  At base you will pay SUNY tuition plus the program fee and health insurance, but the actual amounts for each of these will depend on what type of program you are on and the duration of your stay abroad.  You can view the costs associated with a program by going to that program's webpage and clicking the 'program costs' link. 

 

When is the application deadline?

Application deadlines are program specific.  The application deadline will be listed on the program webpage.

 

What if my application materials (such as letters of recommendation) do not arrive by the application deadline?

If you're worried that your letters of recommendation or your transcript will not make it to the Study Abroad Office by the program deadline, please let us know asap.  You can email Emily Froome at froome@geneseo.edu with your name, the program for which you are applying, and the items you think will be running late.  In general we do not reject students for late application materials, but we may delay or defer your acceptance until all materials are received.

 

Can I apply for more than one program per application?

Yes, please list the programs you will be applying for in order of preference.  When you list more than one program on your application, you will be considered for your first choice.  You will only be offered your second or third choice if your first choice is not available or if you are rejected from your first choice (so it's not like you are accepted for three different programs and you choose which one you'd like to go on).

 

What is the GPA requirement for study abroad?

GPA requirements are program specific; not all programs have a minimum GPA requirement.  Please check the program's webpage for eligibility information.  If you have any questions, please email studyabroad@geneseo.edu.

 

When will I find out if I've been accepted?

You will be notified of your acceptance within 7-10 days of the application deadline.  You will be notified via email.  Upon your acceptance you will have 7 days to decide whether you accept the offer of admission, and a deposit of $500 will be due.  Those students who are accepted on a program and intend on paying with financial aid should contact the Study Abroad Office to make alternative arrangements for paying their program deposit.

 

Can I apply for Humanities II if I haven't taken Humanities I yet?

No, you cannot take Humanities II if you haven't taken (and passed) Humanities I.

 

Can I take both Humanities I and II abroad?

Yes, and you can take them both abroad during the same summer, provided that the dates of the programs you would like to go on are consecutive/do not overlap.

 

I'm a freshman.  Can I apply for Study Abroad?

Freshman are eligible to apply for Humanities I (or Humanities II if they have taken HUMN I their freshman year).  Freshman are also able to participate in the El Sauce Service Learning program.  For other faculty-led programs, freshman may need the permission of the instructor to participate, and should consult with the course instructor or the Study Abroad Office if they have any questions.  In general, freshman are not eligible to participate in semester-long programs, unless they will be participating in the Siena Italian Studies Bridge Semester program.