All PLNU students have the opportunity to study abroad through PLNU approved faculty-led, partner and affiliate programs. To ensure equal access to study abroad and to maintain the highest academic standard and integrity, the Office of Global Studies (OGS) strives to provide a seamless integration process for students to stay connected with the University. This is attained by maintaining their regular student status, abiding by the core values of the university, and having their academic grades evaluated and transferred from the overseas institutions to PLNU at the successful completion of the study abroad term.
One of the strategies to facilitate this integration is a new study abroad fee structure that will be implemented beginning fall of 2016. In the new model, the cost of most PLNU approved study abroad programs are comparable to the cost of a semester’s tuition, housing, and mandatory fees at PLNU. Certain high cost programs will be assessed an additional surcharge. Another feature of the new fee structure will be the ability for students to apply some or all of their institutional scholarships and grants against their study abroad fees. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for the many study abroad scholarships that are available through PLNU’s partner institutions and affiliates.
It is important for any student interested in study abroad to consult with Student Financial Service (SFS) to determine the estimated costs and eligible aid before applying for a selected program abroad. Note that tuition remission cannot be used for study abroad programs, and approval for institutional scholarships that are performance-related such as athletics, music, forensics, and drama to be applied to study abroad program costs is subject to approval by the granting department. Details of this new fee structure can be found at this link: PLNU Program Fees
The OGS staff, the CFO and the Provost have reviewed this new fee system, originally drafted in July of 2015. In August, it was submitted to the President and Cabinet and received an approval for its concept and proposed timeline. It has also been shared with the OGS Advisory Board, a faculty and staff group that provides OGS with on-going feedback and perspectives representing many groups on campus. OGS has been advising students to anticipate this new fee system at this year’s NSO, Study Abroad Fair, and daily information sessions held in the Bond Academic Center. Please contact the Director of the Office of Global Studies if you have any questions regarding this new fee model.