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Faculty-Led Programs Important Information

What is a Faculty-Led Program?

A faculty-led program is focused on a particular theme, with an on-site Montclair State University faculty director. You travel as a group and the program package typically includes airfare, housing, some meals, museum entrance fees, guest lectures and administrative costs. Programs and destinations may vary each year, and some programs are offered in alternating years.

Spring Break programs are 7-10 days of travel as a component of a full spring semester course. Summer programs, which are 2-8 weeks in length with several course options, are open to both Montclair State University students and visiting students from other universities.

If you have never been abroad or want to try someplace completely new to you, faculty-led programs are the easiest way to go!

Application Deadlines
Spring Break Programs
October 1
Summer- May/June Programs
December 15
Summer- July/August Programs
March 1
Eligibility

In order to be eligible for study abroad, all students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good standing.

For Spring Break programs, students must have completed at least one semester at Montclair State University, submit transcripts from past institutions or submit projected grades from fall semester instructors.

For summer programs, students must have either completed at least one semester at Montclair State University or submit transcripts from past institutions.

Some programs have prerequisite requirements for the associated courses.

Payments

Applicants must submit a $100 non-refundable application fee before they can be accepted for the program. In order to complete your application, you must submit this payment. Unless Montclair State University cancels the program entirely, the $100 application fee is non-refundable.

For highly competitive programs, the $100 application fee will be deposited AFTER the initial selection is complete and returned to all applicants not accepted.

Program cost payments (for airfare, housing, activities, included meals, etc.) are made in installments:

Spring Break Programs:

  • November 1: $750
  • December 1: $750
  • February 1: Balance for that particular program

Summer- May/June Programs:

  • December 15: $750
  • February 1: $1,000
  • March 1: Balance for that particular program

Summer- July/August programs:

  • March 15: $750
  • April 15: $1,000
  • May 15: Balance for that particular program

All cancellations must be in writing and are subject to a penalty. The $100 application fee is non-refundable unless the program is canceled entirely. Cancellations due to withdrawal that are received less than 90 days prior to departure are subject to a penalty of 20% of the program cost. Cancellations due to withdrawal that are received less than 60 days prior to the departure are subject to a penalty of 50% of the program cost. Cancellations due to withdrawal that are received less than 30 days prior to departure are non-refundable.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid is not available in the summer unless it is left over from the prior academic year.   You may also borrow up to your annual limit on the Stafford Loan (if you have not borrowed up to the limit in the two semesters prior).

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Selection Process

Students will be selected for faculty-led study abroad programs based on eligibility for study abroad and a completed program application. For highly competitive programs the program application may include an essay component – see individual program descriptions.

Registration

Spring Break Programs:

Students will enroll in the spring semester course associated with the program. In some programs, you may select one of several courses associated with the program.

Summer Programs:

Students will select one or two of the summer session courses associated with the program, register through Summer Sessions and pay tuition directly to the Bursar.

Receiving Credit

Students earn Montclair State University credit directly without any credit transfer required.

Communication

Students interested in a faculty-led program should meet with both the Faculty Director(s) and with the Office of International Engagement staff.

Visa

For U.S. citizens, most destinations do not require visas for short stays. Non-U.S. citizens should check the consulate website for the destination to determine if they will need a tourist visa. The Office of International Engagement can provide support documentation for the tourist visa.  If the destination requires tourist visas for all participants, the Office of International Engagement will assist in procuring all visas.