Study Abroad Programs

An Overview:

Most people associate 'study abroad' with taking classes abroad for a semester or academic year; there are, however, a variety of types of study abroad programs intended to suit different academic and personal travel pursuits.  The 'Program Type' will be indicated under the 'Fast Facts' on each program page.

 

 

Semester Study Abroad ProgramsFor a semester study abroad program, students will attend a university abroad as a visiting international student.  Geneseo reviews students based on the host university's selection criteria, before sending students' applications to that university. Students will receive a transcript for that semester from the host university, and will transfer their courses back to Geneseo by filling out a Course Approval Form.  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering the tuition differential between SUNY and the host institution.
Semester Exchange Programs
For a semester exchange program, students will study abroad as an exchange student for a semester per SUNY Geneseo's exchange agreement with the host university.  Geneseo will review and nominate students based on the criteria of the exchange agreement.  Students will receive a transcript for that semester from the exchange university, and will transfer their courses back to Geneseo by filling out a Course Approval Form.  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering the administrative costs of handling their application. 
Short-Term Faculty Led ProgramsThese programs typically run during the summer, intersession, or spring break.  Students will be travelling with a Geneseo faculty member, taking a specific Geneseo course, with a group of Geneseo students.  The duration of the program will depend on the number of credit hours the course is (in general, 1 week per credit hour).  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition per credit hour; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering all travel arrangements or group excursions arranged by Study Abroad (these will be outlined in detail on the program's cost sheet, which can be found under the 'Links' section of each program webpage).  Students will be registered for the course by the Study Abroad Office; they will not need to register on knightweb.   
Short-Term Non-Faculty Led ProgramsMost of Geneseo's short term, non-faculty led programs are limited to the summer language immersion programs in Costa Rica and Peru.  Students may travel with a group of Geneseo students, but will not travel with a Geneseo faculty member and will not be registered for a Geneseo course.  Courses are transferred back to Geneseo per the Department of Foreign Language's requirements. 

 

 

SUNY Study Abroad (and more specifically, Geneseo) offers a wide range of study abroad programs:

  • Semester Study Abroad Programs: For a semester study abroad program, students will attend a university abroad as a visiting international student.  Geneseo reviews students based on the host university's selection criteria, before sending students' applications to that university. Students will receive a transcript for that semester from the host university, and will transfer their courses back to Geneseo by filling out a Course Approval Form.  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering the tuition differential between SUNY and the host institution.
  • Semester Exchange Programs: For a semester exchange program, students will study abroad as an exchange student for a semester per SUNY Geneseo's exchange agreement with the host university.  Geneseo will review and nominate students based on the criteria of the exchange agreement.  Students will receive a transcript for that semester from the exchange university, and will transfer their courses back to Geneseo by filling out a Course Approval Form.  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering the administrative costs of handling their application. 
  • Short-term Faculty Led Programs: These programs typically run during the summer, intersession, or spring break.  Students will be travelling with a Geneseo faculty member, taking a specific Geneseo course, with a group of Geneseo students.  The duration of the program will depend on the number of credit hours the course is (in general, 1 week per credit hour).  Students will be billed by Student Accounts for SUNY tuition per credit hour; students will also be billed a 'program fee' by Study Abroad, covering all travel arrangements or group excursions arranged by Study Abroad (these will be outlined in detail on the program's cost sheet, which can be found under the 'Links' section of each program webpage).  Students will be registered for the course by the Study Abroad Office; they will not need to register on knightweb.    
  • Short-term non-Faculty Led Programs: Most of Geneseo's short term, non-faculty led programs are limited to the summer language immersion programs in Costa Rica and Peru.  Students may travel with a group of Geneseo students, but will not travel with a Geneseo faculty member and will not be registered for a Geneseo course.  Courses are transferred back to Geneseo per the Department of Foreign Language's requirements. 

 

The different types of Geneseo programs outlined above cover a variety of academic areas:

  • Foreign Languages: France, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina
  • Service Learning and Development Studies: Mexico and Nicaragua
  • SUNY Geneseo's Humanities Core: Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Nicaragua, France, England
  • Non-Foreign Language Semester-long programs: South Korea, The Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa (course instruction is in English)
  • Major Specific and Field Experience Programs: Geographic Field Studies in Western Canada, Global Health Issues in Ghana, French Film Studies in Paris

In addition, as part of the SUNY system, Geneseo students are eligible to attend study abroad programs through other SUNY institutions.  Some students also opt to study abroad through non-SUNY programs (though going through SUNY makes transferring financial aid and credits easier).