Study Abroad/Off-Campus

Study Abroad/Off-Campus

SAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. Spring Break has been extended and remote classes begin April 6. Campus is closed to non-essential operations. Study Abroad will continue to be available remotely via email, and via online and telephone appointments to support all students.

Right now, SAIC’s campus is transitioning to remote work in order to protect our campus community from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Study Abroad staff are still here to assist you with questions. We realize this is a trying time, and we are here to help. 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 so we can assist you.

Please continue to monitor this page as well as for the latest information. 

Lawrence Rodriguez, Director, International Affairs

Norman Miller, Assistant Director Study Abroad

Alicia Ortiz, Study Abroad Advisor


Frequently Asked Questions
(Updated 4/10/2020)


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

Please email all questions to 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 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?

At this time, yes. If you were approved to study abroad or away for Fall 2020, please submit an application to the host school according to their application deadline.

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.

If the host school requires a paper application, will the Study Abroad office still assist with sending my application to the host school?

Yes, we are working with our partners and requesting that they accept emailed applications. If your host school normally only accepts paper applications, please email them to and we will forward them to the host school on your behalf.

Are you offering the Study Abroad Workshop remotely?

If you would like to attend a Study Abroad Workshop remotely, please email and we can set up a time via Google Hangouts to present this material to you. 

Study Trips

Are Study Trips for summer 2020 still running?

After careful review of our study trip destinations and the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School has 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.

How do adjust my Study Trip enrollment since Study Trips were cancelled?

All students will be dropped from their course, which will be reflected in PeopleSoft Self-Service. To identify alternatives to complete these credits, undergraduate students may contact Academic Advising at or 312.629.6800 and graduate students may contact their department. Students who were registered for a study trip to fulfill an off-campus credit requirement will be offered the option to have this waived.

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.