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Getting Started

Study abroad is an opportunity for students to participate in a learning experience in a foreign country as they earn credits towards their Mercy College degree. Living in another country enables students to experience new cultures, new people and places they may have only dreamed about.

Requirements and Information

To participate in study abroad, students must have:

  • Completed at least 24 credit hours at Mercy College (equivalent of two full-time semesters)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75

Students who study abroad remain enrolled at Mercy College during their time abroad. Tuition is paid to Mercy College and room, board and other expenses (airline ticket, passport, visa, etc.) are paid by the student. Financial aid will continue while studying abroad at partner universities. Academic credit will be given for foreign study coursework that is planned prior to departure, approved by Mercy College and successfully completed. Staff in the Center for Global Engagement are available to assist students with any questions they may have.

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Study Abroad Benefits

The study abroad experience provides numerous opportunities inside and outside of the classroom for students to:

  • Discover what it means to be a global citizen
  • Develop a global perspective on academic subjects or real-world issues
  • Understand how both domestic and international issues impact various cultures or countries
  • Become proficient in a foreign language
  • Grow as a student and individual
  • Develop vital career skills, such as independence, critical thinking, expanded world-view, communication, self-confidence and the ability to learn and adapt in unfamiliar settings
Choosing a Program

Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Global Engagement as soon as they become interested in studying abroad in order to become familiar with the available options.  

When reviewing the different types of programs offered, students should consider the level of academic support, social support, extracurricular activities and accommodations that are available.