Academic Advisors and Study Abroad
Academic advisors play an integral role in the study abroad process for students. Students need to know that they can both study abroad AND graduate on time. Many times students meet with an academic advisor to discuss what courses are best suited for an international experience, when is the best time to go abroad, and other questions related to study abroad. We are hoping that this section of the website will equip academic advisors to advise students who are interested in a study abroad experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Students may be required to meet with you as part of the application process, or they may be referred to you by an Office of International Programs staff member. Regardless of how the students find you, we want to ensure that you have the resources to successfully support your students who come to you to discuss studying abroad.
The SHSU Office of International Programs administers more than 200 study abroad programs across all continents. Students can study abroad during the summer, fall semester, spring semester or full academic year. Participants in SHSU study abroad programs earn SHSU credit and grades for their studies, so that they may maintain progress toward degree completion and remain eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
This guide outlines the typical study abroad process and your expected role. Because program admission requirements will vary and because students vary in their abilities, personal situations, and objectives, one student’s path will be different from another’s. Just the same, here’s how you can handle the moment when your advisee says, ‘I want to study abroad.’