Study abroad more accessible with fee changes

"A rainy day in Venice," photo by Zoua Pa Xiong '15 during her studies abroad.

"A rainy day in Venice," photo by Zoua Pa Xiong '15 during her studies abroad.

Recent changes in St. Kate’s Office of Global Studies may make enrolling in J-Term study abroad courses more financially manageable for students.

A deposit is required to complete a J-Term application ($500 for an international course and $300 for a domestic course). In the past, students had to pay this entire sum up front. However, students can now opt to pay 50 percent of the deposit at the time of their application as long as they pay the remaining 50 percent before July 31. This means that for an international course, students only need to submit $250 with their applications, and will then have a few months to pay the remaining $250.

“We hope this increases accessibility for students by lowering the up-front financial barrier and encourages them to apply early so that they can secure their spot,” says Raine de Campeau, director of Global Studies.

The priority deadline for J-Term 2017 courses is Wednesday, April 13. Students who submit applications on or after August 1 will be required to pay the full deposit in a single installment.

J-Term 2017 undergraduate courses include “Fashion Industry in India”; multiple GSJ options in Guatemala, India and northern California; various courses that meet multiple liberal arts requirements; and a multi-degree level course “Social Determinants of Health in the Caribbean.” Several graduate-level courses to Mexico, India and South Africa are also available.

A complete list of course offerings can be found online via a Global Studies program search.

By Sharon Rolenc