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Global Studies J-Term FAQs

Am I eligible to apply?
Where can I find a list of the courses?
Am I eligible to take a GSJ course?  How can I increase my chances of getting in?
How much are the programs? What is included in the cost?
Can I use my financial aid to help pay for my program?
When can I start applying?
What is the deadline to apply?
Where do I go to apply?
What does the application process entail?
What type of credit will I receive while abroad?  Can I meet major requirements?
Do I need to have a passport to apply?
Can I sign up for more than one J-Term course?
What if I don’t get into the course that I want?
What if I sign up, then find out I can't go?
Can I fly separately from the course (go early, stay late) or fly out of a different city?


Am I eligible to apply?
For all undergraduate courses, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing to be accepted.  Individual programs may have additional prerequisites – see program brochures for more information.

Where can I find a list of the courses??
See the J-Term Courses page on the Global Studies website.  J-Term courses for the following year are announced each year at the Study Abroad Fair, which is held during the first week of classes during Spring Semester.

Am I eligible to take a GSJ course?  How can I increase my chances of getting in?
Students who will have Senior standing (92 credits completed) or Junior standing (60 credits completed) by the end of Spring Semester are eligible to apply for a J-Term GSJ Course through Global Studies the following January.  All applications for the GSJ courses that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed together.  If there are more applicants than there are spots available on the program, considerations for applicant selection will include both class standing and essay content.  Students are always encouraged to prepare thorough, thoughtful, well-crafted essay responses and proof read for spelling and grammar.

How much are the programs? What is included in the cost??
Individual program fees will vary.  Estimated course fees will be published in the online course brochures by the first week in April.  Students are typically charged for 1 or 2 credits of tuition (but receive 4 credits) for undergraduate Global Studies J-Term courses, see individual program brochures for more details.  Course fees will be finalized in early December and billed to St. Kate’s student accounts during the first week in January.

Can I use my financial aid to help pay for my program?
J-term courses are billed to your spring tuition bill, so you can use any additional financial aid for spring that you have available.  Occasionally, scholarships are available for short-term courses.

 When can I start applying??
J-Term 2020 applications will open by 9 a.m. on April 1. 

What is the deadline to apply?
The Priority Application deadline is April 15th.  All applications completed by midnight on April 15th will be  reviewed, and applicants will be notified of a decision before the end of the semester.  Applications for programs that do not fill during the Priority Application period will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of October 1.

Where do I go to apply?
You can apply to the program you want to go on through the program brochure.  You can find the brochures linked from the J-Term Courses page on the Global Studies website.

What does the application process entail??
For international programs and all UMAIE programs, there is a $250 immediate deposit with $250 second deposit by July 31st or beginning August 1st a total deposit of $500 to hold your spot. For St. Kate's domestic courses, the deposit is $250, due upon application.

What type of credit will I receive while abroad?  Can I meet major requirements??
J-term programs usually carry up to four (4) undergraduate credits. Some courses have been approved to meet undergraduate major, minor or liberal arts requirements. Please see the J-term Course Equivalency document on our website.  If you wish to fulfill a specific requirement which has not been pre-approved, it is your responsibility to meet with the department chair and obtain written approval.

Do I need to have a passport to apply?
All course participants must have a current, valid passport that expires no less than 6 months from the date the program returns (July 2020).  Students not in possession of a current, valid passport may still apply, but MUST submit a copy of their passport application and receipt of payment within 2 weeks of being accepted to the program.  Please see the U.S. Department of State Passports page to learn more about applying for a passport.

Can I sign up for more than one J-Term course?
You may only have one application at a time.

What if I don’t get into the course that I want?
You could be moved to a wait list. If this occurs, you can decide whether to stay on the wait list or you could apply for another course.
If you decide to withdraw from the course based on being wait listed or you are denied acceptance, your deposit will be refunded to your St. Kate's student account.
Withdrawals must be received in writing (via e-mail) by the Office of Global Studies.

What if I sign up, then find out I can't go?
Please see the cancellation policy on each brochure page.

Can I fly separate from the course (go earlier, stay later) or fly out from a different city?
Requests for a “flight deviation” are reviewed on a case-by case basis and incur an additional fee. Please contact the Office of Global Studies as early as possible with your request.  All requests for J-Term must be submitted no later than October 1.
 

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