FAQ's

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lasell's attitude towards study abroad?
How do students select a program?
How do Lasell students pay for study abroad?

What about airfare and other additional costs?
What about financial aid?
Where can students go?
For how many semesters can Lasell students study abroad?
What are the requirements for study abroad?
How do students select a program?
Is it necessary to know a second language to study abroad?
Can students do internships abroad?
Can students study abroad in the summer?
What about international service programs?
Do credits earned abroad transfer?
Will courses taken abroad meet requirements for graduation at Lasell?


What is Lasell's attitude towards study abroad?
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Lasell College sees the study abroad experience as an important part of the educational experience. It prepares students for participation in a global world; it improves cultural understanding and gives students a new perspective on the world and on the United States. It helps students gain independence, maturity and confidence. Furthermore, it brings an international perspective to campus!

How do students select a program? (back to top)
Students are encouraged to look at the catalogs of the approved programs to find a program that meets their needs or that specializes in the students' area of study. Students may visit the Office of International Services Study Abroad Library, or make an appointment with the Director of International Services to discuss their options.

How do Lasell students pay for study abroad? (back to top)
Lasell has a home tuition policy. This means that they pay Lasell tuition, room and board, and Lasell pays the study abroad program. The only exception is the summer, when students pay the study abroad program directly for their fees.

What about airfare and other additional costs? (back to top)
Students are responsible for application fees, program deposits, airfare, costs associated with passports and visas, additional insurance that programs might require and other incidental expenses.  Fore more information regarding these additional expenses, please contact studyabroad@lasell.edu.

What about financial aid? (back to top)
All financial aid (except work-study) transfers.  In other words, students receive the same financial aid, including Lasell grants, federal and state aid, they would have received, had they been on campus full time. The only exception is for summer programs, where financial aid is not available.

Are there scholarships available for study abroad?
Yes!  And many of our students receive them!  Please contact studyabroad@lasell.edu for a list of outside scholarships students may be eligible to apply for.

Where can students go? (back to top)
Anywhere in the world (as long as it is safe, of course!). The list of approved programs has opportunities in many countries. In the past our students have been to Australia, Austria, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and many other places. If a student wants to study somewhere and we don’t have an approved program to that country, he or she can petition to participate in another program. This program will be approved if the study abroad office determines that it meets our academic and other standards and the Registrar approves courses for transfer.

For how many semesters can Lasell students study abroad? (back to top)
The typical study abroad experience is for a semester. Our students may, however, study abroad for up to two semesters.  Some students have chosen to study in one place for a full academic year and others have chosen to study in two different places over the course of an academic year. Lasell students can also participate in shorter summer, winter, and spring break programs.

What are the requirements for study abroad? (back to top)
Students applying for study abroad should have at least a 2.5 GPA, be in good academic standing, and they should not be under disciplinary action.  They will alos need to meet the requirements of the specific program they are applying to (some programs or universities have minimum GPA requirements that differ from Lasell's).

How do students select a program? (back to top)
Students are encouraged to look at the catalogs of the approved programs to find a program that meets their needs – for example, a program that specializes in the student’s area of study or that offers internship opportunties for credit. Students should schedule an advising meeting with the Director of International Services to learn which schools will be the best fit for their needs.

Is it necessary to know a second language to study abroad? (back to top)
No! Most programs offer classes in English. On the other hand, if a student wants to become more fluent in a foreign language, there are programs which specialize in language instruction, and which even offer home stays so that students can become immersed in the culture and language of the country.

Can students do internships abroad? (back to top)
Yes! Doing an internship in a foreign country is highly recommended – it gives a unique opportunity to become immersed in the community and it will add valuable skills and marketability. In this age of globalization, having work experience in a different country is invaluable.

Can students study abroad in the summer? (back to top)
Yes. Students pay the program directly during the summer term though. A word of warning though, it can be difficult to receive financial aid for the summer. Students can receive credit for their summer term abroad as long as they have saught pre-approval for course transfers prior to leaving. 

What about international service programs? (back to top)
Lasell has four short-term international service programs, one in Mexico and one in Ecuador during the January break of each year, and one to Brazil and one to Uganda after graduation in May. In addition, students may select an international service program that lasts a semester through an approved provider. Many of the semester study abroad programs also have service components.

Do credits earned abroad transfer? (back to top)
Yes. Grades transfer too, not just credits. 

Will courses taken abroad meet requirements for graduation at Lasell? (back to top)
Yes, as long as the courses have been pre-approved by the Registrar for transfer, and the program the student participates in is an approved program, courses taken abroad can meet the requirements for majors, for electives, and/or for areas of inquiry.

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