Study Abroad vs. Travel Abroad

At GCU, study abroad trips, which last one week to one year, take place outside the U.S.A. and give students an opportunity to earn credits. Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by GCU may be considered enrollment at GCU for purposes of applying for Federal student financial assistance. Travel abroad trips take students outside the U.S.A., and typically last one week or longer, although they generally are no more than a few weeks in length. Travel abroad trips do not offer credits for students.

What study abroad opportunities are available through Georgian Court University?  What do I do if I want to study abroad?

Many opportunities are available throughout the world and are described in the Study Abroad Handbook.  Contact Jennifer Summerhays, Director of Global Education Programs at or call 732-987-2346. Ms. Summerhays is also available in the Arts and Science Center, Room 143 where you can get a copy of the Study Abroad Handbook (or, click here to download a copy of the Study Abroad Handbook) and learn more these special opportunities.  All students must obtain GCU approval in advance (contact Jennifer Summerhays or read the Study Abroad Handbook for information about the approval process) before applying to any study abroad program, including those listed below.

Georgian Court University has formalized agreements or special arrangements with:
· Spanish Studies Abroad (independent programming and/or courses in Puerto Rico; at Universidad de Sevilla, Spain; Universidad de Alicante, Spain; and Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina; 10% tuition discount)
· St. Mary's College, London, England (direct enrollment)
· IT Sligo, Sligo, Ireland (direct enrollment; special reduced tuition rate)
· University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland (direct enrollment; 15% tuition discount)
· Webster University (Missouri): Branch campuses (London, Leiden [Netherlands], Vienna, Geneva, Cha-am [Thailand], Beijing) (direct enrollment; 30% tuition discount (10% for London) plus scholarship for airfare)

NEW for 2013!!!
1) Study Abroad Agreement with John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. click here for more details:  15% discount on Fall tuition, 10% on Spring tuition.  Special fall program for Teacher Certification undergraduates.  See Dr. Gross for details!   
2) A donor has made available funds to cover the costs of five undergraduates participating in a summer 2013 study abroad experience in Rome, Italy.  The fortunate students are in Rome until mid-July.  Read about their experiences at !
3) Summer 2013 or Fall 2013 Study Abroad in Ireland in conjunction with Carlow University, a Mercy university in Pittsburgh, PA.

Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain
GCU graduate Laura Carolfi traveled to Morocco while on her study abroad experience in Sevilla, Spain

How Study Abroad/Travel Abroad can satisfy the Experiential Learning Graduation Requirement

GCU requires all undergraduate degree-seeking students to complete two experiential learning experiences.  One of these must service learning taken as part of a course.  The second may be either a second service learning experience, or an approved internship/field experience, study abroad, or travel abroad experience. Students planning to use travel abroad to satisfy an experiential learning requirement must read and follow the Travel Abroad Graduation Requirement Guidelines. Those planning to study abroad must read and follow the Study Abroad Handbook (see above).

For more information contact:

Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
Arts & Science Center, Room 143
Jennifer Summerhays
Director of Global Education Programs
Phone: 732-987-2346
Fax: 732.987.2021

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