Study Abroad Program

Where would you like to go? What would you like to learn? Do you want to go for an entire year, a semester, or part of the summer?

On this page, you’ll find links to numerous Study Abroad programs. Two of the programs are ones with which Valley is closely affiliated. The MOSAIC Summer Program (formerly the MLC) draws students and faculty members from Missouri colleges and universities for 3-4 week summer programs in Europe and Australia. Valley also participates with a group of American colleges in the Irish-American Scholars program. Links to information about both programs are on this page.

The greatest number of Study Abroad programs are offered by third-party providers, companies that are in the business of designing, administering, and promoting Study Abroad opportunities all over the world. On this page, you will find a link to a listing of third-party providers and their websites. Many of the sites have effective search features that make it easy to find out what the company offers.

Be sure to come by the Study Abroad office early in your search. It’s in Room 214 of Ferguson Center. The Coordinator of Study Abroad will be glad to talk with you about the kind of program you want and help you find it. You can also pick up some free Study Abroad catalogs and brochures.

Follow the link below for more details.

MOSAIC

Irish American Scholars

Third-Party Providers

Faculty-led Programs

MOSAIC

With the MOSAIC program, you'll stay in flats or residence halls, depending on the city you study in. In a 3 week term, you'll take 6-9 credits, which will be taught by American professors. Your classes will rarely take place in a classroom, and will usually meet somewhere in the city--museums, parks, and theatres. You'll participate in excursions to places like Stonehenge and Bath, or have the option to travel to neighboring cities on the weekends.

For more information please visit the Coordinator of Study Abroad in Science Center 21.

Irish-American Scholar Program

Sponsored by: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The United Methodist Church and The Roman Catholic Church
In cooperation with:    The Business Education Initiative (BEI) of Northern Ireland,
Queens University, University of Ulster and
Belfast Institution of Further and Higher Education

Who may apply: Sophomore, junior and senior students at U.S. church-related colleges and universities participating in the BEI Program during the current academic year.

Spaces available: 20 semesters at Queens University, 20 semesters at University of Ulster, 10 semesters at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education. Preference will be given to students who commit for the full academic year.

Grade point requirements: Minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Application process: Students must be nominated by their institution and must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • An academic transcript through the previous semester
  • A 500-word essay describing the applicant’s educational objectives while studying in Northern Ireland
  • Two letters of reference – one from the student’s academic advisor and one from a faculty member or administrator at the applicant’s institution

Students planning to study art must also submit a portfolio of their work with their application.

Representatives of each denomination and participating school in Northern Ireland will review the applications and make the final selections and placements. Applicants will be notified of their placements by the end of March each year

Deadline:     Applications must be postmarked by February 1.

Finances: Tuition and fees will be waived at the Irish institutions for Irish-American Scholars. Students are responsible for their room, board, book, and travel costs and any charges at their home college or university.

Irish schools: Queens University and the University of Ulster are internationally recognized. They do not offer study in all disciplines, but most U.S. students will find appropriate subjects on these campuses. BIFHE specializes in educating students with strong career goals in vocational areas such as business, marketing, computing, performing arts and communication, and also in Irish studies. The programs and faculty are of high quality and U.S. students can expect a fulfilling year.

More information about these institutions can be found at:

Queens University – www.qub.ac.uk
University of Ulster – www.ulster.ac.uk
BIFHE – www.belfastinstitute.ac.uk

If accepted: Irish-American Scholars must register and pay any tuition and fees required at their home college or university. Tuition and fees at accepting institutions will be waived, but students will be responsible for housing, food, travel, books and other living expenses in Northern Ireland. Some of these may be covered by financial aid. Students should contact the financial aid office at their home college or university for advice on how this will apply in their particular situation. U.S. students in Northern Ireland find living expenses high, especially for food, so appropriate financial commitment must be secured. Applicants should also talk with their advisor and campus director of international study to determine how study abroad will affect their academic program.

IRISH-AMERICAN SCHOLAR PROGRAM

CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS

Selection Committee: The ultimate decision of which students are accepted and where they will study rests with a committee of representatives from the three schools in Northern Ireland. The committee reviews the materials submitted by each applicant and relies on that information to make its decisions.

Space Limitations: A limited number of students can be accepted at the three schools in Northern Ireland. Currently the number of study slots for Irish-American Scholars each year cannot exceed 50 semesters divided among the three schools. U.S. colleges should nominate no more than two students in a single year. Students who plan to study in Northern Ireland for a full year receive preference over students who plan to be there only for one semester.

Application Requirements: The selection committee will not consider a student who has less than a 3.2 GPA or fails to submit a complete application including a complete transcript through the fall semester of the current academic year, an essay and two letters of recommendation. Students planning to study art must also submit a work portfolio.

Deadline: The selection committee will not consider an application postmarked after the February 1 deadline.

First Choice, Second Choice: When two students apply from a school in the same year, advisors are asked to rank the applicants. The selection committee will consider the first choice from each school before considering anyone’s second choice. This enables the greatest number of colleges to send students to Northern Ireland. It means, however, that a school’s second choice, though qualified for the program, may not be selected if the total number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available. Not more than two applicants from a school will be accepted in the same year.

Selection Criteria: The selection committee will consider all of an applicant’s information, looking particularly at a student’s field of study and whether there are courses that match his or her field of desired study at one of the schools in Northern Ireland. Students will not be accepted who cannot advance their studies in a chosen field. Prior courses in a student’s major are required.

Students who have not declared a major or completed courses in their major will not be accepted. For this reason, students should not apply for the program until they are sophomores in the United States. Juniors and seniors generally have a better chance of being accepted in the program. Sophomores who apply should indicate courses in which they are currently enrolled that will not appear on their transcript.

In addition to reviewing a student’s course work, the selection committee will consider a student’s extra-curricular activities, particularly those that relate to the student’s field of study.

Religion Majors: None of the schools that participate in the Irish-American Scholars Program offers a major in religion. Students who study religion while at Queens, Ulster, or BIFHI do so through cooperative arrangements with institutions that cannot accept Irish-American Scholars. Religion majors, therefore, in order to be accepted should identify courses in a related field that would advance their studies such as philosophy, Irish studies, peace studies or politics.

Art Majors: Art majors are required to submit a portfolio in order to be considered. It is up to the student to find out what is required before applying.

Third Party Providers

American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS), www.aifsabroad.com, founded in 1964, may be the best known of the Study Abroad providers. It offers semester, full-year, and summer programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, the Czech Republic, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Africa and Spain. AIFS offers a variety of scholarships, usually to students of high academic achievement.

Academic Programs International, www.academicintl.com, offers Study Abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A Valley student who took courses in Spanish language and culture at University of Salamanca, Spain, thought the program was excellent.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad - Programs in Australia, New Zealand, and Fijihttp://www.globallinksabroad.org
Semester/year, Summer, Internships and Degree Programs in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. With specific focus on your individuality, the design of our programs and the dedication of our qualified staff worldwide ensure you discover more abroad; our 20 years of experience and over 25,000 happy alumni prove it. Scholarships available. Programs for students from all academic areas.
What Will You Discover?

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad - Programs in Asiahttp://www.globallinksabroad.org
With specific focus on our students’ individuality, our qualified staff worldwide ensure participants discover more abroad. Our 20 years of experience and over 25,000 happy alumni prove it. Scholarships available. Programs for all academic areas. Semester/year, Summer, Internships and Degree Programs in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad - Programs in Europe - http://www.globallinksabroad.org
Semester/year, Summer, Internships and Degree Programs in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. Scholarships available.

College Consortium for International Studies, www.ccisabroad.org offers more than 80 programs in 31 countries for a semester, full year, or summer. A search feature on the website allows the visitor to find a program by country, duration, and/or subject area. Programs in non-English-speaking countries offer coursework in English but usually require the student to take classes in the language of the host country.

Council on International Educational Exchange, www.ciee.org, began offering study abroad programs in 1947. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study, volunteer, work and teach in virtually every country. The CIEE website contains an easy search feature that lets the visitor choose a program by country or program area. Opportunities include service learning, languages, business, liberal arts, marine ecology, studio arts, and teacher development.

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), www.gowithcea.com, offers study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Spain. CEA offers the usual semester, full-year, and summer sessions, but also offers short-term programs lasting two to four weeks. For instance, a two-week course on tropical ecology in Costa Rica is offered in May and costs $2,495 for tuition, housing, and excursions. The website is user-friendly and shows a sample budget for most programs.

Denmark’s International Study Program, www.dis.dk, features academically challenging courses taught in English. Course subject areas include archaeology, biology, criminal justice, international business and economics, film studies, languages, medical practice and policy, psychology and child development, religious studies, and studio art. The DIS website says that some students in this program have complained that the course work was so demanding that it interfered with their cultural enrichment.

Tech English Abroad, www.onlinetefl.com, offers students the chance “to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others through meaningful travel and work overseas.” The company offers a wide variety of volunteer experiences along with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training. Many programs are flexible in length. Search their website for a program by “Places to Go” or “Things to Do.” This is one of the few program providers to offer opportunities in sports. For instance, students can be volunteer coaches in Argentina, Brazil, Kenya, Thailand, or several other countries. Students can also earn diving certification at a scuba-diving school in Cape Town, South Africa.

International Studies Abroad (ISA), www.studiesabroad.com, provides study abroad opportunities in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, México, Perú, and Spain. ISA offers month-long intensive programs as well as the usual semester, full-year, and summer plans. In addition, some programs encompass several countries in Europe or Latin America.

Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, www.studyabroadsicily.com, is part of Study Abroad Italy. A Valley student who went to Sicily through MCAS reported a very positive experience with interesting courses and many cultural activities.

School for International Training (SIT), www.sit.edu, specializes in programs on peace and conflict resolution, socially responsible management, and sustainable development. SIT offers graduate programs in teacher preparation and several intercultural areas. Good variety of summer programs, including some intensive language classes.

Study Abroad Italy, www.studyabroaditaly.com, handles enrollment and other services for six institutions in Italy (Florence University of the Arts, Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily, Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, John Cabot University in Rome, and Apicius, the Culinary Institute of Florence). Courses of study include Italian language, archaeology, business management, fashion design, fine arts, liberal arts, political science, web design, and wine and cooking.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), www.usac.unr.edu, is a consortium of 31 U.S. universities that has been providing study abroad programs for almost 25 years. USAC currently offers programs in 25 countries at 37 programs sites with a 93% recommendation rate. The semester program in Sweden offers courses in computer science, glass chemistry, physics, and math. USAC offers study abroad opportunities in Chile, Ghana, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand in addition to the usual selection of European countries.

Still haven’t found a program? Try this mega-search engine provided by Institute of International Education:

Institute of International Education (IIE) is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1919. It manages more than 250 programs sponsored by such organizations as the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. At this website, IIE offers a search feature that covers multiple program providers in virtually any country, with options to search by country, language of instruction, and field of study: www.iiepassport.org

Faculty-led Programs

From time to time, Missouri Valley College faculty members will offer courses that involve travel in the United States or abroad. Check with the Coordinator of Study Abroad for details. If you want to learn, there's a Study Abroad program for you!