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Our Terminology

As you research your study abroad options, you may see new terminology related to the different program models.  Understanding the various models will help you choose a program that best meets your personal goals.  It is helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
  • How long do I want to be abroad?
  • Do I want a more indpendent program or do I want to travel with a group?
  • What do I want to accomplish through a study abroad program?
  • What are my personal, academic, and professional goals? 

PROGRAM TERMINOLOGY DEFINED

JWU Faculty-Led: JWU creates unique group programs that are one to four weeks in length. One or two JWU faculty leaders travel with the group and are responsible for program grading. These intensive programs are delivered in a complex schedule that blends traditional teaching lectures with many required activities outside of the classroom, ranging from professional site visits to cultural tours and group meals.

JWU Term: JWU also creates unique programs that run within the JWU term dates and are six to eleven weeks in duration. However, there are no JWU faculty leaders traveling with these programs. All academics are delivered and graded by academic partners in the host country. These programs provide a typical class schedule as well as a few required cultural excursions.

Exchange: An exchange partner is a specific international university that offers similar academics to Johnson & Wales University. Study Abroad has an agreement with each of these universities to exchange a small number of students per year. Applicants to an Exchange program first apply to JWU’s Study Abroad, who reviews the application, offers an initial acceptance to study abroad, and nominates the student to the Exchange partner. With the guidance of JWU’s Study Abroad, applicants then submit the Exchange partner’s application. The partner will determine official acceptance.
 JWU participants study at the partner university in courses taught in English by local faculty, while international students from those same universities study at JWU. Exchange programs are longer, independent immersion experiences of a full term, semester, or year. JWU students experience a traditional course schedule within a foreign education system alongside local peers.

Direct Enroll: This term is used frequently in the larger study abroad industry and definitions do vary.  At JWU, it is typically used to reference when JWU has already exchanged the maximum number of students agreed to within one academic year with an exchange partner, JWU students are still invited to attend that exchange university as an international student who "direct enrolls" with that partner.  You still apply through JWU, are billed through JWU and schedule at JWU, but you are joining the host university as a "direct enroll" student outside of an exchange.

This terminology may also be used to generally reference a study abroad program that involves taking regular courses at a host university according to that university's own academic calendar and course delivery style alongside local and international students.

Affiliate: An affiliate is a third-party provider or another U.S. university that has an institutional relationship with JWU. The affiliate organization manages its own study abroad programs and facilitates enrollment into those programs. Applicants to an Affiliate program first apply to JWU’s Study Abroad, who reviews the application, offers an initial acceptance to study abroad, and nominates the student to the Affiliate partner. With the guidance of JWU’s Study Abroad, applicants then submit the Affiliate partner’s application. The partner will determine official acceptance.
Affiliates are well-vetted for academic integrity and include host country contacts during their programs. Affiliate programs vary in duration and time of year to meet a wide range of student interests and preferences. Ultimately, JWU participants will be joining students from many other universities for a multi-faceted global, academic, networking experience.