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International Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do my credits from a semester abroad transfer back?
How much does it cost to participate in a semester program?

Why should I go abroad?
Who goes abroad?
When can I go abroad?
How can I go abroad if I am unable to go for a semester or year?
How important is this experience in a career later on?
Do I have to speak a foreign language in order to go abroad?
Should I study abroad for a full year?


How do my credits from a semester abroad transfer back?

An official transcript will be sent to the Office of Global Education at the end of your program. Students must earn the equivalent of a “C” or better for transfer credit to be granted. Transfer credits appear as a “T” on your transcripts; they count as credit but are not factored into your GPA.

How much does it cost to participate in a semester global program?

Merrimack students are charged Merrimack semester costs for their semester abroad. These costs include Merrimack tuition, comprehensive fees, room and international health insurance. Merrimack board is charged when students select to do the homestay option.

Homestays are optional in all programs expect:

  • Bilbao, Spain where the homestay is required.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina where the homestay is required.
  • Angers there is no homestay option

 Additional Financial Information:

 Additional costs are attached to specific programs: the London program costs an additional $3,300; the Sydney program costs an additional $600.

For Merrimack students studying in global semester programs, Merrimack aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus. The purpose is to ensure that students with the most need receive the most aid.  When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate.

 **(N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.)

Why should I go abroad?

Study abroad enables you to integrate your studies at Merrimack College with a curriculum abroad and gain new perspectives on a variety of subjects. You will exchange ideas and information with students from different cultures and gain an increased awareness of cultural diversity and international issues. Perhaps the most important aspect of study abroad is that you will live in a new and challenging environment that inspires both personal and intellectual growth.

Who goes abroad?

About 18% of Merrimack students participate in some types of international experience (semester, full year, or short-term programs) by the time they graduate.

When can I go abroad?

Merrimack students may participate in a semester/year study abroad program as early as the Sophomore year. Merrimack also offers short-term study abroad programs that are open to students in all classes.

How can I go abroad if I am unable to go for a semester or year?

Students who are unable to go abroad for a semester or year may participate in short-term programs. Examples of short-term programs include summer, J-term, and study-travel courses. Courses may count for major/minor credit, and often there is no academic requirement to qualify for these programs. Students may study or complete an internship abroad.

How important is this experience in a career later on?

Increasingly, research supports the view that students who have had international study experience are better equipped to compete in a global market because of specific skills and attitudes they acquired while abroad: better foreign language skills, deeper cross- cultural insights, and in general a higher level of maturity.

Do I have to speak a foreign language in order to go abroad?

While students are encouraged to study abroad in order to gain fluency in a foreign language, there are many programs in non-English-speaking countries where classes are taught in English. Most of these programs also include a language course in the language of the host country.

Should I study abroad for a full year?

Study abroad for a full academic year is considered the “gold standard” among international education experts. If your academic curriculum allows it, you should certainly study abroad for a whole year. Research has shown that the cultural integration and overall academic and personal added value of an international experience increases substantially with the longer time period spent abroad.