Attend a Foreign University While Enrolled at SU
Trade places with a student from another country! A reciprocal exchange enables SU students to attend a host university for a semester or year at about the same cost as at SU. Students participate fully in the life of the university abroad. This option provides more cultural immersion than shorter term programs and will also benefit second language acquisition. Exchange students enroll in host university courses as regular students and are responsible for all course work and examinations. Students live in university arranged accommodations and can take advantage of all the programs at the host university. Currently, Stetson offers exchange programs in France, South Korea, Thailand, India, and the United Arab Emirates. It is expected that additional partners will commence in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Exchanges also facilitate the transfer of credit from universities abroad to SU. Some of our exchanges are very specific – for instance, a music conservatory which only accepts music students. However, most are open to all majors as long as the credits will count for you. Our exchange partners are located throughout Europe, all across Asia, and we are currently expanding opportunities in Latin America, Oceania, and Africa. The sun literally never sets on SU students.
Whether living in the university forms or with a host family, you are able to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the host country. Juniors, seniors, and mature sophomores are encouraged to take part in our exchange partnerships.
When enrolled as an exchange student in a host university, you are responsible for all course work and examinations assigned at the local institution. Grades from the exchange programs will be transferred back to Stetson University and applied to students' ongoing GPA as transfer credits; however the grades will not be combined into the students' ongoing GPA. At graduation these grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
Financial Aid (Federal and State) and Study Abroad scholarships can be applied for and used towards Exchange Programs.
Students participating in exchange programs pay SU tuition and fees, just as if they were taking their classes at SU.
Please note: Airfares, transportation, as well as students' visas, and other documentation required by the study-abroad country is the financial responsibility of the student. Food, housing, excursions, local transportation and any other other personal costs are the responsibility of the student and not included in the tuition fee paid to SU.
In some cases, the exchange program may provide compensation for housing and meals.
- Spending a semester or a year abroad allows you to become fully acclimated into your host culture. In today's world where a globally aware student is a marketable student, immersion in another country's education system is a valuable asset to your resume.
- Don't assume that you must be fluent in another language; many of our exchange universities offer courses in English. Conversely, the best way to gain fluency in another language is to live in the country. There is an exchange option available for almost any major. Search programs at www.stetson.edu/other/world/
Stetson Pass/Fail and Credit Transfer Policy
Students should be aware that Stetson's Pass/Fail and Credit Transfer policies apply to our exchange programs. You can access more information on this under "Resources for Students" and specifically here.
Requirements for all Exchange Programs:
Freshman must have completed their first year prior to applying.
Transfer students must complete one academic year at Stetson, they may apply after one term, but cannot depart until one year is completed. A conditional offer of admission would be made depending completion of the academic year.
In most cases you must have a 2.5 GPA; meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to the programs.
One Academic Reference
- One Character Reference
- For Language based programs an additional recommendation on language competency is required.
Note: Each reference form must be completed by a different person. Two or more references from the same person will not be accepted. References and recommendations from family members, classmates, roommates, or peers will not be accepted. All references and recommendations are confidential. They must be submitted directly to the World: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning by the referrer using the Stetson Abroad software. Students waive their right to see references and recommendations and they are not to be submitted by the student.
The eligibility requirements for exchange programs can vary depending upon the exchange partner.
Note: We have allowed applications under the GPA requirements to be submitted, though only conditional offers of admission are made contingent upon the GPA meeting the requirement at the end of the term/prior to departure.
Important! Students must work with their Academic Advisor to ensure that courses taken while on an Exchange Program transfer back to their individual academic plan.
Access our list of Exchange Programs in Stetson Abroad.