Frequently Asked Questions


What is Lasell's philosophy on study abroad?
How do students select a program?
How do Lasell students pay for study abroad?
What about financial aid?
What about airfare and other additional costs?
Are there scholarships available for study abroad?
Where can students go?
For how many semesters can Lasell students study abroad?
What are the requirements for study abroad?
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 grades earned abroad transfer back to Lasell?
Will courses taken abroad meet requirements for graduation at Lasell?
What is the cancellation policy if I withdraw from a study abroad program?


What is Lasell's philosophy on 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 when students return and share their experiences and insights with the rest of the Lasell community.

How do students select a program? (back to top)
Students are encouraged to start researching by reviewing our list of approved programs. As a next step, students may visit the Office of International Services Study Abroad Library and 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. Interested students should also make an appointment with the staff in the Office of International Services to discuss their options.

It is each student's responsibility to make sure that the courses they plan to take abroad satisfy requirements toward their degree at Lasell. Most students take a combination of elective and major courses while abroad, and work with their advisor closely to ensure that their academic needs will be met on their program of choice.

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 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.

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

To commit to the program, students are asked to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit approximately 2 weeks after receiving an acceptance notification from Lasell International Services. This deposit covers the $500 Study Abroad Administrative Fee which all participants are responsible for.

Are there scholarships available for study abroad? (back to top)
Yes!  And many Lasell 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)
The list of approved programs has opportunities in more than 40 countries. In the past our students have been to Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and many other countries.

On some of our approved programs, even students who satisfy all eligibility criteria may be asked to study abroad on an alternate program, depending on their first choice selection. Because of this, we encourage students to consider both a first and second choice program when applying.

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 also 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).

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 their host country.

Can students do internships abroad? (back to top)
Yes! Participating in an internship in a foreign country is highly recommended – it provides a unique opportunity to become immersed in the community and it will add valuable skills and marketability to a resumé. 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. A word of warning though, it can be difficult to receive financial aid for the summer. Students pay the program directly during the summer term. Students can receive credit for their summer term abroad as long as they have sought pre-approval for course transfers prior to leaving. 

What about international service programs? (back to top)
Lasell has a variety of short-term international service programs. 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 grades earned abroad transfer back to Lasell? (back to top)
Yes. It is important to highlight that grades transfer too, not just credits. Some students from other schools, even on the same study abroad programs as our Lasell students, have a "transfer credit" or "pass/fail" policy. At Lasell, we believe that grades earned abroad should be reflected on the transcript in the spirit of demonstrating academic work achieved while abroad. In keeping with Lasell policy, however, students studying abroad on our approved programs can elect to pursue a course as "pass/fail" provided that all Lasell rules about this option are followed. Students are only permitted to take two courses during their entire Lasell career as "pass/fail" and neither of these can be within the major. We caution students that taking a course abroad "pass/fail" does NOT guarantee that you will pass the course, particularly if you opt not to submit assignments or attend exams.

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 Academic Department Chair or 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/Knowledge Perspectives.

What is the cancellation policy if I withdraw from a study abroad program? (back to top)
After a student has paid the $500 non-refundable study abroad deposit, that fee is considered an official committment to studying abroad and is not refunded under any circumstances. Once a student has submitted an application directly to the host program, those cancellation policies must also be accepted. If for any reason a student is no longer able to study abroad after committing to the provider/program, it is the student's responsibility to pay any financial penalties incurred in the withdrawal. 

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