SNHU students are going to see changes to the Study Abroad program for the ’23-’24 academic school year.
Study Abroad Program Manager, Scott Snyder, went over the program for students who are unfamiliar with the process.
“For our short-term Faculty-Led Programs, we can only use a third-party provider, Education First. Previously, these programs were handled directly with our select few international university partnerships. Using Education First allows our faculty to choose locations where our international university partners are not able to organize programs, so we will have a lot more opportunities to really see the world,” said Snyder.
Snyder went on to talk about the program options for students.
“For our semester abroad programs (Fall and/or Spring), we can only send SNHU students to the international university partnerships we have an exchange agreement with. This means the international university will also send their students to come to SNHU for a semester or full year, helping with our campus internationalization. Any of the partnerships that were not an existing exchange (i.e., a tuition-paying partner) are now going to be a Summer-only option.”
Countries previously held in Fall and Spring semesters, including France, Greece, Ireland, and Italy, will be held in the summer. SNHU is working to provide opportunities for study abroad trips to Chile, Ecuador, and New Zealand for the Fall and Spring semesters. However, no decisions have been made.
The Study Abroad program will now be sending online students to Faculty-Led Programs.
“This was a huge accomplishment for our office and university, and something I have been hoping and dreaming of for about a decade or so, [since] I have been here. I am so thrilled to finally have this opportunity available for our online learners,” said Snyder.
Snyder listed the Fall and Spring semester options for students.
“For a Fall and/or Spring semester, we have England, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Sweden. As mentioned, we hope to keep Chile, Ecuador, and New Zealand as options for a Fall and/or Spring semester. We also have the National Student Exchange that has host campuses in 150+ universities across the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
He also went on to mention the Summer Semester options.
“For the Summer semester, we were able to open our first program in Africa, with a campus in Tangier, Morocco. We are really excited about that. They have a new state-of-the-art facility great for science majors, with organic chemistry lab classes. We also have summer programs in France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Spain,” said Snyder.
For students planning to study abroad this semester, Synder also discussed the available options.
“We still have our semester and short-term programs available. This academic year 2022-2023, we sent students to England, Germany, Japan, and Sweden in our exchange agreements. We also had students in California and New York this year with our domestic exchange program through the National Student Exchange. Over the summer [of] 2023, we have students going to Limerick, Madrid, and Sicily,” he said.
SNHU will also be hosting several Faculty-Led Programs departing in May 2023. Locations they will be traveling to include Japan, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, and Spain.
“The changes came into effect for the Spring 2023 semester, and all students who were applying were notified of any changes to our programs and these students are currently studying abroad with an exchange university,” said Snyder.
Summer programs, including trips to Limerick, Madrid, and Sicily will still be offered. Students can also check out trips to Florence, Barcelona, and Tangier.
“For a Fall and/or Spring semester, we have England, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Sweden available. Hopefully, we can keep Chile, Ecuador, and New Zealand available as an option. Perhaps [they will also be available] in Spring 2024 if all goes well,” said Snyder. “We have several Faculty-Led Programs already determined for May 2024: ‘Environments and Culture in Costa Rica,’ and ‘Germany, Italy, and Switzerland,’ and ‘Intercultural Studies in Greece.’ SNHU campus faculty are in the process of submitting more proposals, so we hope to include a few more programs for 2024,” said Snyder.
There will be a $200 discount from Education First for students who sign up before May 31, 2023.
“As mentioned, there are many more possibilities for our short-term Faculty-Led Programs through Education First. But this will depend on where the SNHU faculty decide to go. We are trying to encourage and diversify the locations we travel to, while keeping in mind what are the more popular and likely to succeed destinations,” said Snyder.
For more information about Study Abroad and how to apply, go to SNHU.edu or go to the International Student Services Office located in the Green Center.
Students can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website, snhusie.com.