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Dr. Dominick DeFilippis
Email: defilip@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2244


Study Abroad FAQs


How much will a semester abroad cost?
None of the programs with which the University is directly affiliated will cost more than a semester at WJU. In fact, many cost considerably less.

What's included in the price?
Most of the programs include tuition, housing, meals, materials, excursions, and insurance.

Are scholarships available?
You may use any financial aid you currently have that is government sponsored, e.g., Pell, Stafford, etc.  Scholarships vary by program.  See the scholarship link for more information. 

Do I have to know a foreign language to study abroad?
No. Other than those designed for foreign language majors, the coursework will be in English.  In some programs, you may be required to study the language of the host

What courses will I take?
You can choose the courses you need to fulfill requirements in your major or minor or perhaps take those needed to complete your core.  If you want to transfer the credits earned, you will complete a transfer of credit form before you leave.

What courses will transfer?
Provided that you have completed a transient form listing your courses, have them approved, and pass your courses, all course credits will transfer when you return.  Usually a transcript is issued by the institution abroad.

Are my choices limited to the locations listed on this website?
No. The locations listed are programs jointly administered by WJU or are programs that Wheeling Jesuit University is affiated with. The study abroad director is willing to work with students wishing to study in other parts of the world. In recent years, in addition to the programs listed, WJU students have studied in Argentina, Ireland, Japan, and Syria. Consult Peterson's Study Abroad which lists over 1500 programs around the globe. A copy is in the Center for Global Education and the library. Programs are listed by country and major.

Where will I stay while studying abroad?
There are two types of accommodations. In some locations, students stay with host families, while in others they live in dormitories or apartments.

What is Wheeling Jesuit's Study Abroad Policy?

  • Students must have a 2.0 or higher grade point average to enroll in the semester-long or summer programs. Specific programs may require a higher grade point average.
  • For semester-long programs, students pay the cost of the host institution, plus an administrative fee that enables the students to remain registered at WJU.
  • Before studying overseas, students must register with the study abroad advisor.
How far ahead do I have to plan?
The more time you plan ahead, the better.  If you don't have a passport, you will have to apply for one.  Some programs also require a visa.  A year of planning is great.  Usually October 1 is the deadline for the spring semester; February 1, for the summer and April 1 for the fall.  Planning ahead also gives you time to apply for scholarships.

Do I need a visa?
This depends on the program and the length of the stay.  For stays less than 3 months, you usually do not need one.  However, this is changing and you will probably be advised by the program that you choose. Look through the State Department's Country Specific Information to find information about your destination. You can research the entry and exit requirements, get more details about necessary documentation, and find out how to apply. You may be able to apply online, at that country's U.S. embassy or even at the airport in the country itself once you get there. 

Where do I get a passport?
Find the closest office to you.  Facilities may include many Federal, state and probate courts, post offices, some public libraries, and a number of county and municipal offices.  
 
Do I need a visa?
This depends on the program and the length of the stay.  For stays less than 3 months, you usually do not need one.  However, this is changing and you will probably be advised by the program that you choose. Look through the State Department's Country Specific Information to find information about your destination. You can research the entry and exit requirements, get more details about necessary documentation, and find out how to apply. You may be able to apply online, at that country's U.S. embassy or even at the airport in the country itself once you get there. 

What about vaccinations?
Make yourself aware of the different types of vaccinations and which ones you may need to travel to your destination.  Schedule an appointment with your doctor at least four to six weeks before you travel to ensure you receive all important shots.

Can I take my cell phone?
Watch out !  Unless you have an international plan, you may end up paying hundreds of dollars.  The same applies for text messaging.  It is better to rent a phone when you arrive in the host country or buy an international calling card.

Can I take my laptop?
Again, this is not recommended as laptops are highly sought after and can be lost or stolen.  Use the resources of computer labs or cyber cafes. 





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