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SIS Abroad

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Summer Abroad Programs

SIS organizes a number of short-term, faculty-led, experiential programs abroad each summer. Program locations change each summer to reflect the needs and interests of the SIS student population.The detailed curricula of the programs make them ideal for students who wish to concentrate on a specific region or topic area. Each one offers ample opportunity to interact with local and regional leaders, conduct field research, and engage in challenging internship positions.

All programs operate out of the SIS Office of International Program Development. For more information, contact sissum@american.edu.

How the programs work:

  • Students register for AU/SIS summer credit.
  • Students pay AU tuition and a program fee and are billed through Student Accounts. Financial aid packages can apply.
  • Program fees typically cover orientation, supplemental international emergency health insurance, accommodation, ground transportation, some meals, site visits and field trips, internship placement (if applicable), and teaching costs.
  • Students are typically responsible for their own airfare, supplies, most meals, and other personal living expenses while on the program.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Status as an undergraduate or graduate student at AU or another US institution. Applications will also be accepted from students who already hold a BA and are seeking to earn graduate credit.
  • Good academic and university standing. AU students must not be on academic probation and cleared by Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services (JAMS) for participation. Non-AU students must prove in their application that they are in good standing at their home institution.
  • (For AU students):  Approved plan of study. As part of the application process, AU students must meet with their academic advisors to get approval for the courses they plan to take.

How to apply:

  • The priority application deadline for SIS Summer Abroad 2009 Programs is March 16, unless otherwise noted on the specific program website. All application materials are received and process by SIS.
  • Students should attend an info session for the specific program they are interested in and/or download program-specific application materials from each program website.
  • Most applications consist of a general application form and affidavit, a personal essay, AU transcript, résumé or C.V., and an academic advisor approval form. Some applications will require additional supporting documentation.

Once accepted:

  • Students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation at SIS prior to attending the summer program.Program details, cross-cultural communication, safety and health concerns, program logistics, syllabi and reading lists, and other important issues will be covered at the orientation.
  • Students will need to submit a Consent and Release Form, Emergency Contact Form, flight itinerary, proof of insurance, and a legible copy of their passport picture/number page at the orientation.