Study Abroad Application Process

Study Abroad Application Process

The application to study abroad is a five part process.  All students must complete this process as specified or they risk the chance that The Sage Colleges will not approve their program, and they may not receive financial assistance of Sage academic credit for their program.  The cumulative GPA requirement for studying abroad is 2.75, however their might be a different or higher GPA requirement for your study abroad program.  If you are interested in applying to study abroad, you must meet with the Director of Global Education by October 15 for a spring semester program, or by March 1 for a fall semester program.

The 5 Steps

Step 1 - Meet with the Director of Global Education
This meeting will be to discuss your major, career goals, foreign language proficiency (not required for all programs), and possible country options.  The Director will assist you in finding a program that will meet your academic needs.

Step 2 - Completion of The Sage Colleges Study Abroad Application
Once you have found a abroad program you wish to attend, you will be given a copy of The Sage Colleges Study Abroad Application.  This application is to receive approval from The Sage Colleges to participate in an abroad program.  This must be completed prior to applying to your program of choice. 

The Sage Application includes approvals from:

Academic Advisor/Department or Program Chair
Your academic advisor will approve your academic coursework for your study abroad program.  If a class is outside your academic major, you will need approval from the Department or Program Chair.  Failure to receive approval for coursework may result in your courses not transfering and not being counted for Sage credit resulting in failure to meet graduation credit requirements.  When meeting with your advisor, you should bring copies of all course descriptions from the abroad program so they may make appropriate decisions.

Associate Dean of Academic Advising
The Associate Dean of Academic Advising will share your mid-term grades with the Office of Global Education.  Poor mid-term grades does not automatically restrict your participation in an abroad program, but will be used to determine if you will be a successful candidate to study abroad.

Financial Aid/Student Services
You will need to verify that you are financially capable of paying for any additional expenses for your program, including items which may not be covered by The Sage Colleges (room and board, depending on the program).  All programs which cost more than The Sage Colleges, will be the financial responsibility of the student.

Dean of Students
The Dean of Campus Life on your campus will determine that you do not have a judicial file.  If you have a judicial file, he/she will list the violations and sanctions.  Violations of the college policies does not automatically restrict your participation in an abroad program, but will be used to determine if you will be a successful candidate to study abroad.

Dean of the College
The Dean of your college must approve that your GPA is a cumulative of 2.75, and that all of your academic work up until your travel abroad shows that you are a strong academic candidate to study abroad.  The Dean will sign off on your application once he/she is satisfied that you can be successful while abroad.

Disclosure of and Disabilities or Medications
With regards to disabilities, we will verify that the program of study you wish to participate in, can and will have the services to assist you while you are abroad.  The American Disabilities Act does not cover you while you are abroad in a foreign country.  We will verify that they can assist you, or recommend a different program.  With regards to medication, we will assist students to verify that the medication they are currently taking is legal in the country they wish to study in.  The student may simply need to get a generic brand.  If the student's medication is illegal, we will let you know the alternatives or assist you in finding other programs.  If a student does not with to disclose this information, it is not the responsibility of the Office of Global Education or The Sage Colleges.

Step 3 - Study Abroad Program Application
Once you have completed The Sage Colleges Study Abroad Application, it must be returned to the Office of Global Education.  The Director will then give you the application to you study abroad program.  This application should be filled out and returned to the Director, who will make a copy of the application, which then must be mailed to the abroad program.  Please be aware of deadlines, making sure you leave enough time for the program to receive the application.  If the application is completed on-line, an email should be sent to the Director informing him/her that the application has been completed.  Some programs will not accept a student's application without written approval by The Sage Colleges.  Make sure you have this information and receive the documentation before the deadline.

Step 4 - Acceptance Letter/email
Once you have received your study abroad program acceptance, please bring or forward a copy of the acceptance to the Office of Global Education.  This acceptance will be placed in your file, and approval by the Office of Global Education will be given for you to be registered for a study abroad semester.  Failure to be registered for a study abroad semester could result in loss of full-time status, loss of financial assistance and health insurance.

Step 5 - Mandatory Pre-departure Meeting
Finally, the last step of the approval process, is to attend the mandatory pre-departure meeting.  This meeting is held on each reading day prior to final exams.  (Check semester dates).  Two meetings will be held that day, one on each campus.  If you are unable to attend the one for your campus, you must attend the one held on the other.  At this meeting, you will be required to supply a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable), and your flight itineraries.  This meeting will cover emergency protocols while abroad, cultural and legal issues in your host country, The Sage Colleges policies, and much more.

*Please note that The Sage Colleges reserves the right to revoke a student's approval to study abroad if the student's application semester grades do not meet The Sage Colleges expectations, the student is involved in a policy/judicial violation during their application semester, or if they have any incomplete coursework.  The Office of Global Education will determine final approval or denial.  If denied, The Sage Colleges will not be responsible for expenses from any program fees, deposits, and travel expenses.