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SMU regards global engagement as an important and integral part of an SMU education.  SMU Abroad programs are vetted for their academic value and for academic and student services by the Education Abroad Council, made up of SMU faculty members and administrators, and the SMU Abroad office.  

The faculty-led summer and winter term programs offer innovative, culturally enriching classes embedded in foreign universities (Oxford, Kwansei Gakuin University) and foreign languages (in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Italian) and the daily culture of another country from Bali to Ireland, Spain to Scotland, students participate in dance, internships, education and research.  The student-faculty ratio on the summer programs averages 10:1 but nowhere are students privy to such high quality contact with their teachers, as on the abroad programs.

Courses taken on SMU Abroad approved semester programs are given SMU credit pre-approved by departments, and count as resident credit.  Pre-approved semester courses are listed in the online course database; each course has been vetted by an SMU department, and many carry general education credits.  Students regularly propose new programs and petition new courses for SMU credit; the approval and course petition process ensure academic oversight, as well as integration of the student's plan of study with the home curriculum.  

SMU regards global engagement as an important and integral part of the SMU educational experience.  in fact, SMU faculty-led programs are evidence of SMU's commitment to integrate study abroad programs into the SMU curriculum.  SMU Abroad programs are vetted for their academic value and quality of their student services by the Education Abroad Council, made up of SMU faculty members and administrators.  

SMU approved semester programs are not led by SMU faculty.  Therefore, courses taken abroad on SMU approved programs are treated as SMU credit.  To ensure academic rigor, courses taken abroad must be vetted by SMU academic departments.  Courses pre-approved for SMU credit (including general education credit) are listed in the Courses Database online; however, as new programs and new courses may also be awarded SMU credit by petition.

SMU offers over 150 programs in over 50 countries around the globe.Historically, the top destinations for students have been the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Australia, and Denmark.  SMU's provider programs offer excellent alternative options in all regions of the world, from Latin America to Africa and the Middle East, to East and Southeast Asia.  

 

While parents are certainly welcome to visit their student abroad, we encourage visitation before or after the program dates.


 

The SMU Abroad team provides superior service to students before, during and after their experience abroad.  Interested undergraduates have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one advising appointments with an SMU Abroad Program Specialist to discuss their program options. Pre-departure orientation, in addition to health and safety training for students are mandatory.


 

SMU-Approved Semester Study Abroad Programs

SMU charges SMU tuition and fees for all SMU-approved semester study abroad programs, at tuition and fee rates set by the university.  Through an affiliation agreement with the program provider, SMU is able to provide institutional merit and financial aid to semester program participants, accept the courses as SMU courses, and count the credits as resident credit towards the SMU degree.

Semester program costs not covered by tuition and fees (eg, non-refundable deposit, housing, orientation, and local insurance) must be paid directly to the program provider.  As program costs can vary widely according to program, an Estimated Program Budget will be worked up for each semester study abroad student upon request.  The Estimated Student Budget accounts for all costs involved in semester study abroad, from SMU-billed costs to program costs to international airfare and personal expenses.

Semester programs may cost up to $6,000 more than a semester of study on the SMU campus.

Summer and January Study Abroad Programs

SMU charges SMU tuition and fees for all Summer and January programs.  Tuition and fees for these programs are set by the university.  Though it varies from program to program, fees generally cover basic in-country program costs (such as housing, excursions, and some meals), but do not cover international airfare, visas, or personal miscellaneous expenses).  For this reason, there is a customized Estimated Student Budget available online for each individual Summer and January program.   

Beyond the cost of SMU tuition, students are billed for program fees.  These fees vary by program and are listed in the Estimated Student Budgets. 

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