International Programs Office
Student Success Center
Campus Box 1159
Study Abroad Coordinator
Dr. Ronald Schaefer
International Programs Director
There are 3 basic categories through which SIUE degree seeking students may incorporate education abroad experience (through formal study at a foreign institution with course transcript by that foreign institution) into an SIUE degree program. These are:
SIUE maintains study abroad agreements with the following program providers and institutions:
SIUE Tuition and Fees for SIUE Approved Study Abroad Provider Programs and Institutions: Through the above registration process, students are not assessed SIUE tuition and regular on-campus student fees for SAB 200, 300, 400, or approved SIUE equivalent credit (with SAB section numbers). Students will be assessed a $75 Study Abroad Fee on the SIUE bursar bill for the semester abroad.
Study Abroad Tuition and Housing Payments
Study abroad students are responsible for payment of all study abroad program costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.). These costs vary widely depending on host institution, world region, program structure, length of program, etc. These are paid by the student directly to the host program provider on the basis of the host program due dates. In some cases and with proper documentation of anticipated financial aid award, the host program will postpone the payment due date until after SIUE's financial aid disbursement date.
Financial Aid for Approved SIUE Providers and Institutions
Many forms of Financial Aid (loans and grants) can apply toward SIUE-approved and affiliated study abroad programs. Any financial aid approved for study abroad will be disbursed as a refund check issued directly to the student and mailed to the student address on file. SIUE financial aid disbursement dates are tied to SIUE semester start dates (which may be earlier or later than the semester start date at study abroad institution). If required departure date is PRIOR TO the SIUE financial aid disbursement date, student may apply for a short-term loan for the amount of approved financial aid award before departure for study abroad. Short-term loan applications must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at least 1 month prior to departure date. Questions regarding short-term loan applications should be addressed to Tracy Wall, Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid.
Direct Exchange programs are based on formal agreements that SIUE maintains with foreign institutions. Approved SIUE students will be enrolled as visiting students at their host institution; they will pay their normal SIUE tuition rate (on the SIUE bursar bill) for SIUE credit pursued at the exchange partner school and approved prior to departure on the “SIUE Course Proposal/ Equivalence Form.” Students receive a tuition waiver at exchange school, but are required to pay all administrative and housing costs to exchange school.
The Office of International Programs manages and is responsible for selection and advisement of both incoming and outgoing students for the following exchange programs:
Currently, there are also five exchange agreements that are managed and administered exclusively by the SIUE School of Business. These are:
Registration - Exchange Programs
Students will be registered (by either the SIUE Study Abroad Coordinatore or by a School of Business Advisor) in the SIUE courses pre-approved for proposed coursework at the exchange partner institution. These SIUE courses will have a special "DEX" section number designating "direct exchange."
Tuition - Exchange Programs
Outgoing SIUE exchange students will be assessed their regular SIUE tuition rate for the number of pre-approved credit hours in which they are registered as SIUE. They are also assessed the SIUE information technology fee. These charges will appear on the SIUE bursar bill for the semester abroad.
Financial Aid for Exchange Programs
Many forms of financial aid (loans, grants, and scholarships) can apply toward study abroad on an SIUE exchange program. Because SIUE tuition will be assessed on the SIUE bursar bill for the semester abroad, any approved financial aid funds will first pay any SIUE outstanding bill; any remaining funds will be disbursed in the form of a refund check issued directly to the student and mailed to the student address on file on the SIUE financial aid disbursement date for the semester abroad.
Housing and Other Costs - Exchange Programs
Students are responsible for all host site housing costs. Students make payment of housing and any host site administrative fees directly to the exchange partner institution.
Coursework taken abroad without prior approval by SIUE and/or at sites not currently recognized by formal agreements and not receiving administrative support from the Office of International Programs will be considered for transfer credit only. Students will need to make arrangements to have official transcripts and course descriptions (accompanied by translations in English) from the foreign institution sent to the Office of Admissions, Review and Processing for evaluation as transfer credit. The coursework, if accepted, will appear strictly as transfer credit on the SIUE transcript.
Upper Division Transfer Credit: Students will need to make arrangements to have the official transcript (accompanied by English translation) sent to the Office of Admissions, Review and Processing for evaluation as transfer credit. Students seeking upper division credit (300-400 level) will need to take a copy of the foreign transcript and course description(s) and/or syllabi to the appropriate SIUE academic department chair to seek approval on the International Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Request Form. SIUE faculty considering the transfer credit request may view the official transcript received in the Office of Admissions, Review, and Processing through the image-now system. Student is responsible for seeking the necessary approvals on upper division credit and returning the completed International Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Request Form to Shauna Lehman, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions, 1207 Rendleman Hall.
The official, original transcript from the foreign institution must be sent directly from the foreign institution directly to:
SIUE Office of Admissions, Review and Processing
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047