Study Abroad/Off-Campus

Study Abroad/Off-Campus

All Study Abroad programs (exchange programs and study trips) for the 2020/2021 academic year and beyond have been suspended until further notice due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). SAIC continues to monitor the developments surrounding the virus, related treatment and vaccine development and will resume programs when it is safe to do so. Study Abroad will continue to be available remotely via email, and via online and telephone appointments to support all students.

SAIC’s campus is open for modified in-person classes and limited in person student services. Below please find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you review this information and still have concerns or questions, please email studyabroad@saic.edu so we can assist you.

Please continue to monitor the Make Ready website for the most up to date information regarding campus access and procedures. 

Lawrence Rodriguez, Director, International Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions
(Updated 10/08/2020)

 

How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor about my questions?

Please email all questions to studyabroad@saic.edu. If we are unable to answer your question over email or you prefer to speak with an advisor, we can set up a phone or video appointment.

I left you a voicemail - did you receive it?

At this time the best way to reach Study Abroad is through emailing studyabroad@saic.edu and we can respond or set up a phone appointment if needed. We appreciate your patience. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please  contact Campus Security at 312-899-1230.

Semester Abroad

Are semester away/abroad programs still running for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021?

No. Currently all study abroad programs have been suspended until further notice due the Covid-19 pandemic. We will resume programs when it is safe to do so.

How can I access my official transcript?

Study Abroad has a copy of your official transcript and will forward it on to your host school.

Are you offering the Study Abroad Workshop remotely?

Due to the suspension of all study abroad programs, the Study Abroad workshops have been temporarily postponed. We will resume workshops later in the fall 2020 semester if SAIC will consider resuming study abroad programs (exchange and study trips) in Fall 2021.

Study Trips

Did Study Trips for summer 2020 run?

After careful review of our study trip destinations and the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School made the difficult decision to cancel all summer study trips.

Since Study Trips were cancelled, will I receive my deposit back?

All study trip deposits will be refunded to students. Student Financial Services will process refunds within the next two to three weeks. There is no action needed on your part at this time. Student Financial Services will reach out to you if anything is needed.

If a Study Trip is cancelled, what happens to the Study Trip Scholarship I was awarded?

Study Abroad will be consulting with the SAIC Development Office to ascertain the expectations of the donors in these extraordinary circumstances. We will let you know as soon as possible.

Travel. Learn. Grow.

SAIC is a community of explorers, learning to live and work meaningfully in a complex, yet connected world. The Study Abroad office enhances this mission by providing advising, advocacy, and resources in support of international education programs and objectives.

As a member of NAFSA, we believe that international education and exchange are fundamental to:

  • Establishing mutual understanding among nations
  • Preparing the next generation with vital cross-cultural and global skills
  • Creating the conditions for a more peaceful world

Our office specializes in providing students with opportunities to participate in short-term and semester-long education abroad programs. Advisors work closely with faculty members to offer an exciting array of faculty-led study trips during the winter and summer interims and to advise students who apply for semester-long study abroad. We look forward to being a part of your journey.

SAIC is proud to be ranked by the Institute of International Education among the top 4 specialized schools in the United States in number of students participating in study abroad.

 

SAIC student safety and well-being is always the highest priority when evaluating our programs around the world. Staff continue to monitor alerts from the Department of State and other security information providers to determine any safety risks associated with the locations of our programs or proposed programs abroad. SAIC will reach out directly to program participants with guidance and take all reasonable actions to manage risks and respond to emergencies.