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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Below are questions parents may ask about their children studying abroad via La Verne-affiliated programs.

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Study abroad is a program in which students take courses at a university campus in another country. Students take a full course of studies (12 – 15 units) as they would at La Verne. They receive La Verne credit for their course work.

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No, but your child will be able to call you and send you messages by email.

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Students must at least be a sophomore when they begin a program. Transfer students–Sophomore and above–may qualify to study abroad after they complete one full semester.

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Smaller universities like La Verne participate in consortia, or groups of universities. The consortia set up programs in other countries and La Verne participates on the programs. We are part of two programs: BCA Study Abroad and CIEE (Council for International Educational Exchange). We also regularly work with the Oxford Study Abroad Programme in England and the Semester at Sea.

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Yes. The University of Barcelona is located in Barcelona, Spain. La Verne students can study at the University of Barcelona through the BCA Program. Your child studies at the University of Barcelona and receives credit through La Verne. BCA has a resident director at the university to help your student. The course work taken at University of Barcelona will be applied to your child’s La Verne transcript.

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The benefits are considerable: the opportunity to learn about another culture, improvement of foreign language skills, international work experience through academic internships, development of self-reliance, development of new intellectual pursuits, opportunities to travel, and… getting away from family (for a short time).

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No, the programs are not major specific and are open to all fields of study. It is important though for students to plan ahead so that they can fit their study abroad into their particular program and major.

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Several of the programs are English based. There are a few that do require language proficiency.

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Yes, the minimum GPA to study abroad with La Verne is 2.75.  Some programs require a higher GPA.

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Yes, almost all financial aid including loans, grants, and scholarships are applicable to La Verne-affiliated overseas studies programs. The two components of financial aid that do not apply are La Verne Institutional Loans and La Verne Work Study awards. At times, it is possible for your child to work with their work study supervisor to complete hours within one semester to ensure the gain of that money. Financial aid packages are reevaluated in consideration of the cost of a specific program, and can be adjusted.

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The costs are equal to the cost of La Verne undergraduate tuition plus room and board, living in the La Verne residence halls.  In addition, there is the cost of transportation to the study abroad site and any additional travel and gift purchases that your child might decide to do.

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Yes, all courses at approved programs will transfer as La Verne credit and will count towards the residency requirement. To ensure this we ask that your child save all their work and syllabi as proof. Credit toward major or minor fulfillment depends upon departmental approval. It is important to work with the advisor in planning study abroad.

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They vary among programs. Possible options include dormitories (with dining hall or cooking facilities), apartments, and home stays with host families or group homes.

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No, but selected La Verne faculty offer study tours abroad as part of some of their courses during January Interterm.

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Fall Semester and Year-long Programs: April 1 (in some cases March 15); Spring Semester: October 15Fall Semester and Year-long Programs: April 1 (in some cases March 15); Spring Semester: October 15

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Look at the University of La Verne’s Study Abroad website.  You will find links there to our affiliated programs.