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The Hugh Downs School offers a unique, exciting opportunity for students to have an intercultural experience while completing their general studies requirements in cultural diversity, global awareness, as well as completing their degree requirements in communication.
Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:
“In the global world that we live in, understanding others’ cultures and histories are essential. For example, the HDSHC study abroad program to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh, Scotland provides our students with three countries and three cultures that have amazing connections to one another. Through complicated histories of colonization, wars, rebellions and times of peace you come to understand these three great countries and how people negotiate current and historical relationships.”
With advance planning, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. The Hugh Downs School recommended timeline to consider study abroad activities is as follows:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Spring||Begin thinking of study abroad possibilities such as exploring locations of interest|
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||
|Summer||Complete a summer study abroad program|
|Year 4||Fall - Spring||Meet with an Academic Advisor to verify applicable study abroad course credit has been received|
Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) electives.
The Hugh Downs School Communication Summer Study Abroad Program in London, Dublin and Edinburgh will allow you to earn upper division COM credit.
Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how study abroad credits will apply toward your degree.
Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Schedule an advising appointment through your MY ASU or from the Hugh Downs School Advising page.
Key questions to ask
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
“The trip was the perfect blend of structured events and time to explore. Each trip or event that Dr. Edson had planned for us was well worth our time and felt like our program fee was being well spent.”
- Joley Hamilton, Management major
“I couldn't believe as an online student I had the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful program. Getting to visit three countries and explore as much as I could within each was phenomenal. Belle was so encouraging and helpful during the program, being sure to engage our interests with fun things to do or cool stories created from each culture.”
- Chelsea Blevins, Communication major