Elizabethtown College Study Abroad Application
*By clicking 'Apply Now', you are applying to be approved by Elizabethtown College to study abroad. You'll notice that this website header says BCA Study Abroad, one of the College's affiliated study abroad program providers. By starting this application you are NOT applying to BCA. Elizabethtown College is one of the seven schools that founded BCA in 1962 and today the collaboration continues as BCA's office is located on campus. Due to the close proximity of the offices, E-town and BCA have partnered together to share an application system. The Study Abroad Office supports and understands that students may attend the program of their choosing and that not all students will study abroad on a BCA program. You will need to do a separate application for the study abroad program of your choice.
Elizabethtown College Approved Study Abroad Programs
If you'd like to peruse the list of affiliated study abroad programs and learn more about each location, please click here
. E-town has approved study abroad programs in 29 countries, including 45 different cities.
Curious what the difference is between affiliated, partnering and non-affiliated? Check out the finances section below!
In order to be eligible to study abroad, you must:
- Maintain a GPA of 2.6 or higher - some study abroad programs have higher GPA requirements.
- Be a second semester sophomore or in your junior year. Some exceptions can be made for seniors and first semester sophomores.
- Receive approval from the Dean of Students.
If you intend to study abroad during the summer, fall or full academic year, applications must be submitted by March 15, prior to your experience. Those studying abroad in the spring must complete the application process by October 15. You'll need to check your intended program's application deadline as a few programs have earlier deadlines.
The pre-approved application process is very simple. You will be asked to indicate your preferred study abroad program and why you've selected it. You'll also need to share if you have a valid passport and request a copy of your official transcript be sent to the Study Abroad Office. After you've completed these steps, the Study Abroad Office will be in contact with the Dean of Students Office to inquire if you have any behavioral sanctions. A disciplinary sanction does not necessarily prevent you from participating in an E-town study abroad program. However, such information is taken into consideration before granting you approval to study abroad.
Study Abroad Preparation
You should begin planning your study abroad experience one year before your intended program begins. To start the planning process you’ll need to:
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- Attend information sessions to learn more about study abroad and your programs of interest
- Discuss your academic scheduling options with your academic advisor
- Research study abroad programs and choose a location
- Meet with peer advisors who have studied abroad
- Decide which year, semester, summer or break makes the most sense for you to travel abroad
- Meet with E-town’s Study Abroad Advisor, Megan Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-361-1347)
When you study with one of our affiliated programs, your E-town financial aid package will be applied to the program. This means you can use your merit-based scholarships and federal financial aid to pay for your time abroad. You’ll pay the same for tuition as you would a semester at E-town.
If you choose a study abroad program beyond those on our affiliated list, you must pay the full costs for these respective programs. Your E-town financial aid packages will not be applied to these programs. However, you can still use your federal financial aid. Students who attend summer, may term or winter study abroad programs are not eligible for any financial aid assistance, as these programs occur outside the academic year.
What Are The Costs Of Room And Board?
Room and board costs vary by location. These costs are billed separately by the study abroad program provider or university. Meal plans are not typically offered overseas. Some programs may provide you with food stipends. In other programs, you’ll be responsible for budgeting your own food expenses. Questions regarding housing and food can be discussed during meetings with the Study Abroad Office.
Are There Extra Fees Or Other Costs?
Please be mindful of costs that may not be covered by your study abroad programs. These costs may include:
- Application fee
- Confirmation fee
- Extra spending/travel money
- International health insurance
- Visa (where applicable)
You must also pay a fee in order to stay actively enrolled as a student at E-town. The costs associated with this fee allow faculty and staff to be readily available to address any concerns that you may have while abroad. It also ensures that you keep any merit-based scholarships when you return to campus.
If you study with one of our affiliated programs, you will pay a discounted fee of $500. Those who study with a non-affiliated program pay a fee of $1,000.
Are There Opportunities To Receive Scholarships?
Scholarships are available based on your academic major, intended study abroad location, financial need, cultural connection to your host country and more. There are also external scholarships for students with need for additional financial support. Below is a list of a few opportunities to explore.
*American University’s Washington Semester Program and School for Field Studies are partnering programs of the College. Therefore if you choose one of their programs, you’ll be responsible for paying the full program amount. However, you only need to pay the $500 study abroad fee, not the $1,000 non-affiliated fee.
- Gilman Scholarship
- This program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. This is a competitive scholarship, so the Study Abroad Office encourage you to work with Jean-Paul Benowitz (email@example.com) to craft your application, as he works with students on prestigious scholarships.
- Boren Scholarship
- This scholarship allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. Please note: this scholarship has a very early deadline, so you'll need to be proactive to apply.
- Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
- FEA offers study abroad scholarships up to $10,000. Applicants from underrepresented groups in study abroad and those studying in non-traditional locations are given preference.
- Go Overseas Scholarships
- GO Overseas supports international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. The award for each scholarship is $500.
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships
- These awards ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds have equal access and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.
- LGBTQ Scholarships
- To support LGBTQ students who are ready to take on the challenge of studying abroad, many organizations, institutions, and associations have established study abroad scholarships to specifically provide financial assistance to LGBTQ students.
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- Freeman Asia Scholarship
- Through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, students interested in studying abroad in an Asian country have the opportunity to apply for one of these financial awards and be awarded up to $5,000 for their semester abroad.
- New Zealand Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
- Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offers $2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities, including the our affiliated New Zealand program at the University of Otago in Dunedin!
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
- DAAD grants for study and research in Germany are available to faculty and students from Canada and the United States. Scholars participate in a wide variety of academic activities to promote international academic relations and cooperation.
- Also check out your study abroad provider or university's scholarships. There might be some fun scholarships, where you can earn money for your pictures, videos and social media posts!
If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-361-1347. You can also stop by the Study Abroad Office in Nicarry 117 and 118 or schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor here