Academic Policies and General Information
The Office of International Education (OIE), located in B162 of the Living/Learning Center, is an advising and resource center for students interested in a year, semester, short-term or summer study abroad experience. Study Abroad Advisors maintain extensive information about study abroad programs, institutions, and volunteer opportunities. They, in conjunction with the academic advisor and the Office of Transfer Affairs, help students identify programs appropriate to their needs and arrange credit approval from UVM. All students intending to study abroad and receive approved transfer credit from UVM are required to visit the OIE and to complete the Study Abroad Approval Form prior to departure. Contact the OIE for deadlines. Official approval is required for students to be guaranteed that their programs of study are eligible for transfer credit and that any financial aid will apply. There is a $500 study abroad fee for semester and year-long programs and a $250 fee for summer and winter break external programs.
To be approved to study abroad for a semester or more, students must:
- Be a registered UVM student.
- Have completed two semesters at UVM or attained at least sophomore standing.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or between 2.0 and 2.5 with a minimum semester average of 2.5 for each of the last two semesters prior to studying abroad.
- Meet the admissions criteria of a University approved study abroad program. University approved programs include those programs on the UVM Approved List.
Students with a GPA above 2.0 who do not qualify under point two above may petition their academic dean for permission to study abroad. Students seeking such permission should request an Academic Eligibility Form from their Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Education to be signed by their academic dean.
Students who have been dismissed or are on academic trial are generally not eligible to participate in study abroad programs. Under no circumstances will a student on disciplinary suspension the semester before studying abroad, and/or the semester they are scheduled to study abroad, receive official UVM approval for overseas study.
For more information about eligibility requirements for study abroad, visit the Office of International Education Web site.
UVM Exchange Programs
UVM participates in a number of exchange programs with institutions around the world. In an exchange program, UVM students exchange places with students from a foreign institution. These programs provide direct immersion into the academ-ics and culture of the country. Although most exchange programs require a good command of the host language, many offer programs entirely in English. Currently, federal, state and institutional financial aid will be released for participation on ex-change programs. Students qualifying for tuition remission may also use that assistance to refund a portion of their exchange programs costs. The host institution issues a transcript at the end of the program to enable students to receive transfer credit.
UVM/University of Western Australia Exchange Program
This program in Perth, Australia, was developed by UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR), and RSENR students will receive priority placement to pursue their studies in natural resources. Courses are also offered in business, arts and sciences, agriculture, Asian studies, and Aboriginal studies. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Lapland Exchange Program
This exchange program in Finland is designed especially for Social Work majors and offers UVM students the opportunity to study social work in English. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Sussex Exchange Program
This exchange is located at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Sussex is well recognized for its humanities and social science offerings as well as its science and engineering programs. Twenty percent of the Sussex student body is international. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Augsburg Exchange Program
This exchange is with the Universit�t Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. The UVM student needs to have a solid command of the German language and be pursuing German or European Studies. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/Kansai Gaidai University Exchange Program
Students interested in Japanese language and culture may spend a semester or year studying at this university near Osaka, Japan. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/Wirtschaftsuniversität Wein Exchange Program
Students interested in international business may spend a semester or year studying at the Wirtschaftsuniversit�t Wien, Vienna, Austria. All courses are taught in English. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/Edith Cowen University Exchange Program
This exchange program located in Perth, Australia was developed by UVM's School of Nursing. This provides an opportunity for nursing students to take classes in their major overseas. For more information, contact School of Nursing, or the OIE.
UVM/Yaroslavl State University Exchange Program
This exchange program in Russia offers students the opportunity to study business in Russia in an international environment. The program will provide a unique setting for students to re-examine their western notions of business. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Gurdon, School of Business Administration, or the OIE.
UVM/Stockholm University Exchange Program
This exchange program with Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, provides opportunities for preK-3 education stu-dents to study for the spring semester. For more information, contact College of Education and Social Services, or the OIE.
UVM/Aoyama Gakuin University Exchange Program
This exchange is located at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Most courses ate taught in Japanese, so a minimum of one year of Japanese taken at the college level is required. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Newcastle upon Tyne Exchange Exchange Program
This exchange is located at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. This University is one of the UK�s leading institutions and is a major teaching and research establishment. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/Universidad de León Exchange Program
This exchange is located at La Universidad de Leon in Leon, Spain. Most courses are taught in Spanish, so a minimum of two years of Spanish taken at the college level is required. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Otago Exchange Program
This exchange is located in Dunedin, New Zealand. Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM/University of Galen Exchange Program
This exchange program is located in San Ignatio, Belize. For more information, contact the OIE.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
This program enables UVM students to study in more than 100 sites in 46 different countries in Europe, Asia, Canada, Africa, and Latin America. Many sites offer instruction in English, as well as in the language of the host country. For more information, contact the OIE.
UVM Faculty-led Programs Abroad
UVM offers numerous short-term travel study programs. Most of these UVM faculty-led programs are three-credit courses offered during the summer, spring and winterbreaks. Previous program locations have included Mexico, England, Anguilla, Finland, Ireland, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Samoa. These programs are open to degree students and individuals who have already obtained college degrees. For a complete listing and fee information, visit Continuing Education Web site or or the Office of International Education Web site .
UVM SEMESTER-LONG STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Belize - Spring Semester
The UVM program in Belize focuses on sustainable development, combining academic coursework with service/project-based learning. Galen University, with its commitment to sustainable development, provides the academic framework through classes taught by UVM and Galen faculty. Belize, with its community-based approach to solving problems and its unique natural and cultural resources, including one of the most protected and bio-diverse ecosystems on earth, provides the “laboratory” in which classroom theories can be applied in a developing country context.
Oaxaca: Culture, Community and Place - Spring Semester
UVM's Oaxaca Semester Abroad Program enables students to earn a full semester of UVM credit, while living and learning in Mexico. Students live with families where they have a chance to practice their Spanish conversational skills and to observe first-hand the Mexican culture. While different courses may be offered in a particular semester, all courses enable students to develop a better understanding of the economic, political, cultural, historical and artistic forces influencing life today in Mexico. Course instruction is in English, except for intensive Spanish language courses at the student�s individual level. Courses are problem-based to take advantage of the rich learning laboratory Oaxaca provides. Prerequisites include: two semesters of college Spanish (or equivalent), instructor permission, and a short application.
The Buckham Overseas Studies Program in England is a scholarship program at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The program is under the umbrella of the Office of International Education, but administered by the English Department and funded through a generous endowment from the Buckham family. The program runs from September to June and is de-signed to provide an opportunity for up to 20 exceptional English majors to spend all or part of their junior year at a modern university in an ancient British city. Living and studying in a fully integrated way with English students, UVM students earn up to 32 credits. Cost of participation, including tuition and accommodation does not normally exceed the costs incurred during a year on the UVM campus.
To apply to the program, a student must be an English major with a cumulative and an English GPA of 3.0 and have earned at least 60 credit hours (including English 86) by the time the scholarship begins. For further information, contact Professor Helen Scott, Department of English, 417 Old Mill; (802) 656-4172 or the OIE.
UVM-Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
ROTC Fully Funded Semester Study Abroad
All students enrolled in ROTC are eligible to spend one semester of study, fully funded, in either an established UVM Ex-change Program, or in an approved program of their own design. Study should be directed towards their Major or Minor fields of study, or focused upon foreign language immersion. Study must take place during sophomore year, first semester of junior year, or first semester of senior year. For further information contact Professor Steven Koebrich, Chairmen Depart-ment of Military Studies (802) 656-1443.
This academic-year program at the University of Salzburg, Austria, is open to qualified UVM undergraduates in all major fields. Basic requirements are: completion of sophomore year; a minimum of two years of college-level German with a B average; and good academic standing (a cumulative average of 2.5). For information, contact Professor Helga Schreckenberger, Department of German and Russian or the OIE.
The Swedish Program
Sponsored by the University of Stockholm, Sweden, and a consortium of participating American colleges and universities (of which UVM is a member), this non-profit program focuses upon organizations and public policy in every social science disci-pline, while also presenting a wide range of course offerings in Swedish art, literature, film, and language. Its curriculum is thematically specific, interdisciplinary, and relevant to the host country. For more information, contact Professor Anthony Magistrale, English Department, 400 Old Mill, or the OIE.
Yunnan Normal University through Chinese Language Program
The Study Abroad Program in China, jointly run by the Institute of Chinese and International Studies at Yunnan Normal University and the Chinese Language Program at UVM, blends intensive Chinese language course with abundant opportuni-ties to interact with Chinese students and Chinese people in a relaxing and friendly environment. The program begins in June and students have the option of staying for the fall semester by enrolling directly into Yunnan Normal University. For information, contact John Yin in the Chinese Language Program or the OIE.
Other Popular Study Abroad Programs
The following programs are just a few of those on the UVM Approved List. These programs have been especially popular among faculty, staff, and students. For a complete approved list, contact the Office of International Education, or refer to the Office of International Education Web site .
DIS Danish Institute for Study Abroad
Located in the very center of old Copenhagen, DIS offers a variety of courses and unique summer programs, such as Interna-tional Business and Economics, European Business Strategy, Nursing in Northern Europe, and Sustainability in Scandinavia. Students are immersed into Danish society by choosing to live with a Danish family, a kollegium with a Danish roommate, or in a Folkehøjskole.
Round River Conservation Studies
Round River Conservation Studies, www.roundriver.org, offers field intensive semester and summer programs working with black rhinos and other African species in Namibia; an array of wildlife, such as the Spectacled Bear, in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador; and Grizzly Bears in the wilds of the Taku River and Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. These programs are designed to get students involved first-hand with local conservation issues by conducting field work with researchers at the Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, the Fundacion Cordillera Tropical in Ecuador, and the Taku River Tlingit and Heiltsuk First Nations in Canada, where students’ efforts contribute directly to on-going projects studying and protecting wildlife, their habitat, and the local communities of people living in these areas.
International Honors Program
The International Honors Program offers a unique set of theme-based, multi-country study abroad programs. Each program is designed to give students the opportunity to explore significant social, political, and environmental issues using an innovative comparative approach. Students will spend between four and eight weeks in each country while they examine issues related to the program theme. This nonprofit organization sponsors programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Semester, year, and summer options are available. While exploring issues, students will interact with local experts, activists, educators, community members, public figures, and leaders of various government and community organizations.
School for International Training (SIT)
SIT is an accredited college of World Learning Inc., which was founded in 1932 as The U.S. Experiment in International Living. More than 50 experientially-focused programs are offered in over 40 countries, including the continents of Africa, Asia, and South America. All programs include a Life and Culture Seminar, Methods and Techniques of Field Study Seminar, an Independent Study Project, a home-stay opportunity, and, if appropriate, an intensive language study.