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Frequently Asked Questions on Studying Abroad

Also Look at the FAQ’s regarding Short Term Programs

Why should I study abroad?
In today’s world, it is not possible to remain geographically isolated. Events in one part of the world are quickly felt in others. Business activities regularly cross international boundaries. Even within our own country, sensitivity to other cultures is needed. The ability to speak a foreign language and to interact knowledgeably and comfortably with people of diverse cultures increases potential job opportunities and enriches one’s life.

Who can study abroad?
Study abroad programs are available to students who have completed at least one semester of study and have earned at a 2.5 or better grade point average. Students in most fields of study will be able to find programs that will allow them to take courses that will fit into their curriculum. The International Studies Office suggests contacting them during your first semester at the college to begin planning.

Where can I go?
Students may study in nearly any country travel is considered safe. We have had students participate in programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Do I need to speak the language of the country I choose?
Most programs do not require that you speak the language of the country you will be visiting. However, during the time abroad, you may be expected to study the language as well as the history and culture of the country you are visiting.

Where will I live?
Many programs offer several housing options. Frequently, dormitory accommodations are available. In some cases, assistance is provided in locating a nearby apartment that can be shared with other students. Some students choose to stay with a host family in order to increase their interaction with both the language and culture.

What does it cost?
The cost varies widely depending on the country and program selected. On average, a student can expect to pay approximately $7000-$15,000. Program price varies on location, duration, and type of learning done overseas. A quick visit to the International Studies Office will help you determine what your dream destination might cost.

Is financial aid available?
Students who qualify for financial aid may receive funding while studying abroad. It is important to contact the Financial Aid Office early in order to determine the extent of the grant and to insure that all of the necessary paperwork is in order. When you begin your planning with the International Studies Office we will help you create a Cost of Attendance Sheet to bring to financial aid.

How do I apply?
You will complete your application process here at Northern Essex. You must fill out an application form, provide a copy of your transcript and follow the task and timeline created with your semester abroad advisor.

Where do I get more information?
Staff and faculty in the International Studies Office are available to assist you in all aspects of the study abroad process. It is located in office B126. You may also contact Study Abroad by phone at (978) 556-3332 or by email at studyabroad@necc.mass.edu.

We recognize that for financial and family reasons, many students cannot take a semester or a year to study abroad. Therefore, each year, Northern Essex offers at least one short-term travel study program. Each trip ranges from 10 days to 4 weeks in length. Students will enroll in a Northern Essex course and will meet together on 2-4 occasions (usually Saturdays) before departure and at least once on return to the U.S. While abroad, lectures (often with faculty from the host country as well as the Northern Essex faculty member) and field trips will occupy part of each day. While students will have some free time to explore on their own, these trips are designed to be academic experiences, not vacations. In the last past, trips have taken place to Ireland, England, Belize, Ecuador, Scotland, Turkey, and Costa Rica.

What do these trips cost?
An effort is made to keep the cost of the trips as low as possible. The usual cost is between $3,000 and $5,400, not including tuition. The program cost includes flights, meals, all transportation in country, lodging, entrance fees, and student insurance.

When do the trips take place?
Usually the trips occur at the end of May, right after graduation. In the future, trips may also take place in January during the semester break and in March during the spring vacation.

How do I get more information on upcoming trips?
Contact the International Studies office located in office B126. You may also contact by phone at (978) 556-3332 or by email at studyabroad@necc.mass.edu.

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