Study Abroad


Studying abroad provides students the opportunity for academic and personal growth, to challenge themselves and to experience the world from a new perspective. Students who invest personal effort in the entire process receive the most benefit, and the Study Abroad Office encourages students to assume responsibility for the experience they are about to have. We are here to guide and assist each student, through group and one-on-one advising, pre-departure orientations, and continued support while abroad.


The Study Abroad Office adheres to SUs policy regarding communicating with parents under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal legislation that governs the privacy of student records. While the Study Abroad Office is happy to answer questions from a student’s support network, in many cases we are not able to share information due to FERPA regulations.


The Study Abroad office is student-centered and will send all correspondence directly to the student. We consider it the student’s responsibility to keep their parents and families informed about their Study Abroad enrollment and experience.


View programs available to Southwestern students. 



Sandra Hancock

Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services



Sandra Hancock

Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services

  • We invite students to begin visiting with us in the first semester of the first year at Southwestern, but as a minimum, students should plan on beginning the process at least two semesters in advance of travel abroad. There are different deadlines throughout the year depending on which program students want to participate in. Those dates are:

    • September 1st - Spring ISEP & Spring CHIP
    • October 1st - Spring Program Providers
    • December 1st - SU Faculty-Led Summer Programs
    • February 1st - Fall ISEP, Fall CHIP, & Summer Program Providers
    • March 1st - Fall Program Providers & SU London

    Bear in mind, these are application deadlines — the date by which the internal SU study abroad application needs to be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad. We ask students to come in no later than the semester before the deadline so that there is sufficient time for planning.

    View programs offered through Southwestern university. 

  • The cost varies considerably from one program and location to the next. It also depends on the each student’s individual financial aid package. In short, this question is best answered during one-on-one advising with the student.

  • One of the primary functions of the Office of Study Abroad is to provide advising and guidance to students planning to study abroad. Many study abroad programs advertise and may seem wonderful from a website, but not all programs are approved for transfer credit to Southwestern nor are they necessarily safe or well-run. For this reason, students are required to study with programs that have been approved by the Office of Study Abroad. We work with students to help them choose programs which are appropriate for the major, rewarding personally and intellectually, and rich with opportunities for cultural learning.  

    View study abroad programs included in our approved portfolio.

    Learn about domestic study away programs offered by Southwestern.

  • All SU approved study abroad programs are eligible for credit transfer. In order for credit to transfer toward the major, minor, or general education requirements, students will need to complete the transfer credit form prior to studying abroad. During pre-departure orientation sessions, your student will receive information regarding completion of the transfer credit form, as well as regulations and limitations on credit transfer.

    Students may only choose programs that are approved by the Office of Study Abroad. During individual advising sessions, students will be given a selection of programs with a number of factors in mind including the major, personal interests, cost, and the program that will most effectively advance the student toward graduation.

  • Benefits of study abroad are being continually documented and researched by professionals. From increased academic performance, to enhanced empathy skills, to increased knowledge about global systems, as well as career development, study abroad provides an avenue for students to grow and change in ways they could not while remaining in Georgetown.

    A carefully selected program can add depth to a student’s major by offering courses that are different, but complementary to those at Southwestern. Students gain new perspectives on their major field of study and develop interests they never knew they had. Study abroad can indeed be life changing, or better said; students can indeed change their lives by studying abroad.

  • Southwestern is affiliated with select study abroad programs that are well-run and which place a high priority on student safety. Students will receive detailed pre-departure information as well as extensive in-country orientation to help them be knowledgeable and informed about how to conduct themselves successfully and safely while abroad. Southwestern policy permits study abroad travel to countries currently listed at a Level 1 or Level 2  State Department Travel Advisory.  

    Southwestern is taking a nuanced approach due to the Covid-19 pandemic to approve some programs that are in Level 3 or Level 4 countries due to health concerns. If you or your student have questions or concerns, please reach out to the Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services.

    While in the host country, students will have access to on-site support staff for help in case of problems or emergencies. 

    Approved study abroad programs include health insurance as part of the program package so that students will be covered in case there is need for medical attention. Information about the specific health insurance policy will be available from your student’s study abroad program provider.