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Study Overseas for a Semester!

Marlboro students can study abroad through any provider or at any institution provided it is accredited and approved by the International Services office for safety criteria.  At Marlboro, when students are abroad, they are said to be "on absentia" for that semester.  

GETTING STARTED

  • Why Go Abroad?  Studying overseas is one of the most chaellenging, interesting - and yes! fun! experiences you can have as an undergraduate.  Talk to anyone who has studied overseas and they will tell you about the stories they have about intercultural understanding, interesting differences, unique challenges and experiences utterly unlike anything they could have imagined in the US.  
    • Still looking for more reasons to go?  Studies have been done on how study abroad experiences are directly related to career development and landing a job.
  • Where Can I Go?  Unlike other schools, Marlboro does not have a small list of programs students are eligible to go on.  Marlboro students can go on any program provided it is accredited and approved by the Committee for World Studies if there are any safey concerns.
  • How Do I Find a Program?  You can begin with an overview search on a study abroad search engine.  It's a good idea to follow this up by coming to talk to Chelsea in the Admissions Office. Each program has its own strengths and weakenesses.  As someone who has worked in the study abroad field for a number of years, she can advise you further on these.

Here are a few examples of sites to get you started searching:

  •  What's the Timeline for Study Abroad?  Most students prefer to study abroad as a Junior.  That being said, Marlboro students have gone abroad any time from Sophomore 1 right through Senior 1 semester.  There is no right time -- it's whatever time is right for you.  You can go abroad and study for a semester, a summer or a full academic year. 


  • What Should I Do Next?  Stop by the OIS in Admissions, fill out and submit a Marlboro Study Abroad Application and check out the Office of International Service's page on next steps for planning study abroad.  

PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR MARLBORO STUDENTS

  • Absentia 1: World Studies Program (WSP) Internship    

    As part of this uniquely Marlboro program, students complete a 6-8 month internship overseas.  This is planned through the students own initiative in conjunction with Marlboro faculty.  Students not only gain professional experience in their country and occupation of choice but they also complement this with independent academic work planned with a Marlboro faculty member.  

Finances:  Students pay a reduced tuition cost, receive financial and institutional aid for the semester and pay room and board directly overseas.  

Procedure: Students going on Absentia 1 should schedule an appointment to come see Chelsea and will have to fill out an Absentia 1 application.

  • Absentia 2: Study Abroad through Another Provider  

    Every semester, Marlboro students go on accredited programs sponsored by another US institution or organization.  Grades earned through another provider are transferred back to Marlboro.  Past students have gone on programs through the School for International Training (SIT), Antioch University, IES or a host of other providers.  

Finances:  Students pay tuition, room and board directly to the program.  Students are eligible for federal financial aid but not for institutional aid.  

Procedure: Students going on Absentia 2 should schedule an appointment to come see Chelsea and will have to fill out an Absentia 2 application.

  • Absentia 3: Study Abroad at a University Overseas                                                      

    Marlboro students have the opportunity to study at an accredited university in another country as an international student. This type of international exeperience can be especially beneficial for students seeking to gain proficiency in a foreign language or to be immersed in a different culture. Grades earned at another university are transferred back to Marlboro.  Past students have attended universities in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia.  

Finances:  Students pay tuition, room and board directly to the university overseas.  Students are eligible for federal financial aid but not institutional aid. 

Procedure: Students going on Absentia 3 should schedule an appointment to come see Chelsea and will have to fill out an Absentia 3 application.

  • Absentia 5: Marlboro College Exchange Program  
                                              
    Marlboro has several exciting opportunities to study at a university overseas as a Marlboro exchange student.  These universities include Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA) in Slovakia, Charles University in Prague and Heilongjiang University in China.  Students from these universities come to study at Marlboro in place of the student who is away for the semester.  

Finances: Students pay tuition to Marlboro for the semester and room and board directly to the university overseas. Students are eligible for BOTH federal and institutional financial aid.

Please come see Chelsea in the Admissions office to talk further about study abroad opportunities.

Email her at: cferrell@marlboro.edu