Parents FAQs

At the Center for International Education we encourage Parents to become informed about the International Affairs dual major (IA), and the many study abroad opportunities that we offer.  Knowledgeable advisors meet with students to get them ready for these high impact experiences during their time at UNH.

The IA dual major is open to students from all majors.  Students who pursue IA are required to study abroad for eight weeks or longer.

We hope you find these frequently asked questions about the IA dual major and Study Abroad helpful.

International Affairs Dual Majors

Study Abroad


International Affairs Dual Majors

1. Do you have to be an IA Dual Major to study abroad?

Any student with 32 credits, a declared major, minimum GPA of 2.5, and who meets the eligibility criteria for the Code of Conduct, may study abroad. IA dual majors are required to study abroad for eight weeks or longer.

2. Can my son or daughter study anywhere for the IA dual major?

A student’s choice of country will be determined by what foreign language they choose to study.  Since the dual major requires six semesters of a foreign language, your son or daughter should decide what culture they wish to become immersed in.  English speaking countries will not, in most cases, fulfill this requirement.

3. My son or daughter has been studying a language for a long period of time.  How does he or she know their language level?

It is recommended that your son or daughter take the on-line language placement test for French or Spanish.  If he or she wishes to pursue a different language, please contact the relevant department.

 4. Will my son or daughter need to attend school longer than 4 years to do the IA Dual Major?

We work very closely with students and ask them to schedule advising appointments regularly so that they get organized and are on track to complete the dual major in 4 years.

 5. Are there any restrictions that pertain to studying abroad for IA dual majors?

All students interested in studying abroad should  meet the criteria outlined in #1. 

6. Are there other international opportunities besides study abroad for IA dual majors?

Students may also complete their foreign experience requirement through an internship, directed research, or professional experience.  All of these require a detailed proposal, a faculty advisor, and eight weeks minimum in-country.

 7. What kind of careers/jobs do IA dual majors typically pursue?

Alumni go into the Peace Corps, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, the Intelligence community, Teaching English as a Foreign Language programs, European market analysis, international business, the United Nations, U.S. government, global initiative programs, and international engineering corporations, to name just a few.  The possibilities are boundless.

 

Study Abroad

Financial matters

 1. How much does the study abroad cost? 

UNH Managed programs charge UNH tuition plus program fees. These program fees vary by location depending on the nature of the program and cost of living in the host country. Typically these fees include some combination of housing, meals, extra-curricular activities, and program requirements. These fees will be fully explained in the program materials. If you have any questions, contact the Program Assistant or Faculty Director.

UNH Exchange programs will cost UNH tuition, technology fee and an administrative fee, which will be billed to your student’s Webcat account. Students will pay the cost of room and board directly to the exchange partner university abroad.

UNH Approved programs costs vary significantly and are paid directly to the study abroad provider. Some programs are comparable to UNH tuition and some are appreciably more. The study abroad program provider will send an invoice directly to the student who will be responsible for organizing full payment directly to the provider. The study abroad program provider fee may or may not include a wide array of items such as tuition, course fees, room, board, sponsored field trips/excursions, insurance and/or international airfare. Be sure to read the fine print to know exactly what is included and what is not included in the program fee so that you and your student can budget for and are prepared to cover all necessary expenses. Your student will receive a Study Abroad Expense Form from the Center for International Education (CIE) to help keep track of this information in one place and provide the UNH Financial Aid Office the information they need. Additionally, UNH will bill the UNH technology fee and study abroad administrative fee to your student’s account. Please refer to the financing page to learn more about managing the costs of studying abroad.

 2. Can my student receive financial aid even if they are going abroad during the summer?

UNH currently allows federal, state, and institutional aid except work-study to transfer for all UNH Managed, Exchange, or Approved programs abroad.  Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, the student needs to work directly with the UNH Financial Aid Office to learn how his or her financial aid will apply.

 3. How does money get released to the providers?

If your student is participating in a UNH Managed or Exchange program, you will pay UNH directly. If your student is participating in a UNH Approved program, the financial aid office will write your student a check, which you will then pass onto the program provider. Financial Aid releases the checks based on UNH’s academic calendar and not the study abroad calendar.

 4. My student is required to submit a voided check, but she/he does not have a checking account. What can I do?

If your student does not have a check with their name on it, go to the bank and request that a representative print a letter, on official letterhead, with your student’s name, account number and bank routing number. A parent’s check will not be accepted.

5. The program provider charged us unknown fees, why?

A careful review of the provider’s documentation may reveal fees listed in the fine print. Also, students may incur fees while abroad. These can include library fines, room cleaning charges, or unpaid activity fees. Contact the program directly for an explanation of their fees and charges.

Program Selection and Application

 1. What are the differences between approved, managed, and exchange programs?

UNH Managed programs:  Students will work directly with UNH departments and faculty directors, and study abroad with groups of predominantly UNH students. All academic and co-curricular experiences are administered by UNH faculty either on-site or from Durham. UNH Managed programs are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters, as well as faculty-led, short-term programs during the January term and spring break.
UNH Exchange programs: Also known as reciprocal student exchanges, students directly enroll in select affiliate institutions abroad. Exchange programs tend to be more independent, full-immersion experiences because participants are treated like regularly matriculated students. All courses, programs and services are administered and delivered by the host institution abroad. UNH Exchange programs are offered for the fall and spring semesters.

UNH Approved programs:  These programs are developed, managed and delivered by professional third-party providers or universities abroad. They have met UNH criteria as determined by the UNH University Committee on Study Abroad. Students can study abroad on UNH Approved programs for the fall, spring or summer semesters.

 2.  What program is the best for my student?

The Center for International Education (CIE) provides an extensive array of advising resources and services designed to empower your student to find the best program match based on his or her academic requirements, personal and career goals, and individual needs. Please encourage your student to visit CIE on the 2nd floor of Hood House.   See here for information on Getting Started.

 3. Is there a program(s) that is best for my student’s major or minor?

The Center for International Education (CIE) provides an extensive array of advising resources and services designed to empower your student to find the best program match based on his or her academic requirements, personal and career goals, and individual needs. Please encourage your student to visit CIE on the 2nd floor of Hood House.

 4. What is the deadline for my student to apply for study abroad?

  • Approved programs: CIE’s application deadline (Fall: October 1 / Spring: March 15)
  • Exchange programs: contact Coordinator of Student Programs at CIE
  • Managed programs: contact the program coordinator in the appropriate department or college

*Please note that some programs have earlier application deadlines.

Transcripts and credits

 1. My student’s transcript has not been processed, what can be done?

For UNH-Approved and Exchange Programs, it is the student’s responsibility to request a transcript to be sent from their study abroad provider or school to the Center for International Education (CIE). Please note that many international institutions take longer to issue transcripts than UNH. Additionally, the program provider needs to process the transcript for their records before they mail them out to schools. Once CIE receives it, we evaluate the transcript and send it to the Registrar to be posted onto your student’s transcript. Because this is a multi-step, time consuming process, study abroad transfer credit is not posted as quickly as UNH courses taken in Durham.

 2. Will my student graduate on-time if she or he studies abroad for their last semester senior year?

Students studying abroad on UNH-Managed programs should talk to the program’s Faculty Director to confirm the timing of posting grades and credits. For students studying on UNH-Approved or Exchange programs, CIE advises against seniors studying abroad during their last semester because we cannot guarantee that credits will be posted in time.

 3. Will any course taken abroad satisfy the foreign culture general education requirement or World Cultures Discovery requirement, even if the course is only 3 credits worth?

A course must be valued at least 3 semester hours to be used to satisfy general education, major, or minor credit. If a student is abroad for 8 weeks or more, then the foreign culture general education requirement or Discovery World Cultures requirement is waived.

 4. Will foreign credits transfer to UNH?

For more information about transfer credit, please go to http://unh.edu/cie/policy.

Additional Resources

1. Where can I find more general information about studying abroad?

There is a variety of information on the internet. A great place to start is the Institute of International Education (IIE). In addition to helpful resources for students, they have a Parent's Resource Center.