Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I consider when choosing a program?
A. You will want to ask yourself the following questions.
- Will you be able to take classes in your major/minor? Do you need to be able to take these classes?
- Is the program conducted in a foreign language or in English? If it is conducted in a foreign language, how many semesters of study in that language are required to participate in the program?
- What is the program location like? Urban? Rural?
- Does the program offer internship opportunities?
- What will your living arrangements be? Apartment? Dorm? Host Family? Homestay, etc?
- How does the cost of living differ from the US?
See our page on 'Choosing Your Destination' for more specific questions
Q: Where is the study abroad office located?
A: The Office of Study Abroad is located in the first floor of Nicarry, room 120.
Q: Do I need a passport? How do I apply for one?
A: Yes. Apply for your passport if you do not have one. Check the U.S. Department of State Passport Services and Information website for details. You can also apply for a passport every Wednesday afternoon at the Public Library in Elizabethtown.The Study Abroad Office will provide information and assistance.
Q: Do I need photos for my passport? How many?
A: Yes. You will need two passport photos for your passport and 4 passport-sized photos for most applications.
Q: I already know what country I want to go to; how do I find out which programs go there?
A: Elizabethtown College affiliates with a number of program providers who offer distinct programs in many different countries around the world. Odds are that you will find a program in your country of interest. Please consult the list of study abroad programs available on our Program Options pages.
Q: Who is my study abroad advisor?
A: Dr. Montserrat Linares, Interim Director of Study Abroad Programs is your study abroad advisor.
Q: How can I get more information about specific programs?
A: For specific program information please contact Dr. Linares directly or visit the program websites.
Q: How likely am I to get into the program I want?
A: A minimum of 2.6 GPA (4.0 index) is required by most programs, however each program has its own selection criteria. Several require a 3.0 or higher. To find out more about a particular program please contact the study abroad office or log on the program website.
Q: What if E-town isn't affiliated with the program I want?
A: To attend a study abroad program not affiliated with E-town you need to check with Dr. Simes first to see if the program has been approved. If it hasn't, you can provide program materials to Dr. Simes and see if it can be approved. If it is approved, you will be able to study abroad through the program, remain registered at Elizabethtown, and pay the program provider directly. NOTE: You will not be able to use E-town College financial aid for study at an unaffiliated program.
Q: How much will study abroad cost?
A: Elizabethtown College is unique in that students studying abroad are charged the same tuition and (sometimes) room and board fees as if they were attending Elizabethtown College.
It is important to meet with a financial aid officer during your study abroad application process.
NOTE: Students are ALWAYS responsible for the initial deposit required by all study abroad programs. E-town will not pay this fee, nor reimburse students for it.
Q: Can I go abroad the first semester of my senior year?
A: Yes, as long as it is approved by your academic advisor and by the program itself.
Q: Can I do a summer program?
A: Yes, there are hundreds of summer programs to choose from. Please be aware that financial aid almost never applies to summer programs.
Q: Can I study abroad after I graduate?
A: Yes, but you will need to make arrangements independently or through another university, not through E-town.
Q: I have a physical and/or learning disability. Can I still study abroad?
A: Yes. Most study abroad programs consider students with disabilities on a case by case basis and make accommodations whenever possible. However, some countries are not nearly as well-equiped as the United States with regard to accessibility. You should contact the programs you are interested in and speak to the study abroad director to obtain more information.