Salisbury University is now a member of the National Student Exchange working to expand opportunities amid the pandemic.
“SU students can spend a semester as exchange students at more than 170 campuses in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” according to an announcement on SU’s website.
Assistant Provost of the Janet Dudley- Eshbach Center for International Education Brian Stiegler said the opportunity does not affect students’ tuition rates.
“The principle of the exchanges is that students from member universities continue to pay their tuition and fees at their home campus, and then can spend a semester in exchange at one of the other campuses in the system,” he said.
SU’s study abroad program has been on hold since Spring 2020 in response to the pandemic. It gradually returned starting Fall 2021.
“We wanted to make sure students had extra opportunities to be in interesting locations and do exciting off-campus, high-impact practice exchanges,” Stiegler said.
Student participants would be obligated to follow the mandatory rules and protocols of their chosen campus, including vaccines, testing and mask mandates.
The program is open to all students who have finished at least one semester at SU and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Students will travel with any previous financial aid, scholarships, grants, or loans. Additional costs include the desired institution’s room and board.
Stiegler said financial obstacles should not discourage students from participating.
Unlike many international study abroad programs, students will have the opportunity to work during the exchange semester if necessary.
Stiegler recommended the program for upperclassmen, working toward future career paths.
Stiegler’s next program information night will be March 16 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
To make an appointment with Stiegler click here
By HALEY RAWLS
Featured image courtesy of Benjamin Lausch