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Faculty and Advisors


Study Abroad opportunities for JWU undergraduates depend largely on faculty involvement. In your capacity as an advisor and mentor, you are in a special position to encourage students to study abroad. You might want to impart to them the benefits of studying abroad, from how it will transform them as a person, as well as a student, to how it will deepen their knowledge of both the world and their academic field of interest and provide them practical skills necessary to compete in the global environment of the twenty-first century. It is key that you work with students closely to prove that they can study abroad and still “finish in four.”

Students will inevitably ask you about how they can get credits for studying abroad, etc. For this reason, we have prepared the following questions and answers to help guide you:

What should I tell students to initially prepare them for their study abroad experience? We recommend that you review our website, especially Prospective Students. Here you will find information about the types of programs offered and approved by the JWU Study Abroad, eligibility requirements, and financial aid information. You can click on “Programs” to search for individual programs.

Please encourage your advisees to plan ahead and research possible options as early as their first year. We have programs for students beginning in their Freshman year and up until they graduate, so they should meet with Study Abroad early. The purpose is twofold: it gives them a vision of which study abroad programs might work for them in different terms, and it helps them to develop a financial plan/strategy to meet the costs of study abroad.

Johnson & Wales University has many new study abroad opportunities and exchange agreements with highly ranked universities around the globe and we encourage all majors and all students, including science, business, and engineering students, to take courses abroad in their major or for elective credit. For a list of exchange institutions, please go to “Programs” on our website and select “Exchange”. Note that exchange programs are the most economic option for study abroad, but students must have a 3.0 or above GPA at the time of application. Feel free to contact Lisa McAdam Donegan, Director of Study Abroad, for major specific information and recommendations.

You can also encourage students to take as many electives as possible while they are abroad either on an exchange, a JWU faculty-led program, or a third party affiliate program. One of the objectives of a study abroad experience is to learn about cultural values and intellectual approaches not available at JWU. Special topics courses for each department have been created to accommodate specialized coursework. At the very least the special topics numbered courses count toward graduation as electives.

You can also suggest to students that “related” courses for each major are generally easier to fulfill than specifically numbered, required courses in the major.

Review the General Education Requirements your advisee still has to meet. Suggest that they search the equivalent course lists in the “Academics” section of each study abroad program brochure for those courses.

What do I do when my advisee needs to discuss specific coursework they will take abroad? The first thing you will note is that the student may have selected one or more courses that have already been approved by an academic department at JWU (under “Course Equivalents” listed in each program brochure on the Study Abroad website).

Second, with the help of your advisee, you may follow links to the course offerings at the foreign institution to see if there are courses that could fit into your advisee’s plan of study. Your advisee will then send the syllabi of the selected courses to the appropriate departmental faculty evaluators for accreditation.

Where is the course equivalency and pre-approval process outlined? Tell your advisee to read the “Academic Credit” page under “Academics” on our website. They must send a syllabus and course description to the appropriate Study Abroad Advisor.

Do the courses taken on study abroad count towards a major? Yes, courses with approved equivalency in the major department count towards major credit. This is dependent on each department’s guidelines.

Do non-major courses taken abroad count towards the Free Elective or General A & S Electives Requirements? Yes, most courses taken on study abroad will count as free electives, A & S electives or major electives. The decision is made by each School.

Will I advise them while they are overseas? Yes, they may need to have the advisor hold lifted before they can register for the following term’s courses.