Moravian College encourages students to participate in study abroad to add an international component to their major field of study. The Office of International Studies maintains a list of more than 40 semester and yearlong programs of academic study in over 30 locales. Approval to participate in study abroad is contingent upon meeting the following College requirements: a minimum 2.7 cumulative quality point average, good academic and student life standing, and the successful completion of at least 12 course units (equivalent of second semester sophomore standing) before going abroad. Transfer students must complete one fall or spring term at Moravian before applying for study abroad.
Most majors can include a semester of study abroad with the proper advance planning. Students receive extensive advising support from the director of international studies in choosing a program appropriate to their major, guidance in securing the appropriate course approvals from faculty, and assistance in completing both the Moravian and the chosen program application. All students attend a pre-departure orientation before they leave on their program.
While abroad, students may fulfill requirements in their major, minor, and/or Learning in Common (LinC) with pre-approval from department chairs (major/minor) or the Learning in Common director. In addition, for students attending semester-long study abroad programs, the Learning in Common Committee will consider petitions, based upon a student's written request, to waive two of the student's LinC requirements: (1) one of the M (Multidisciplinary) Categories (M1 through M6) and (2) one of the U (Upper-Division) Categories (U1 or U2). The student must specify which M and U categories are to be waived and make the request to the LinC Committee (copying his or her academic advisor and the director of international studies) in advance of the study-abroad experience. A student can choose, of course, not to waive either or both of the requirements. Students must complete at least one U course at Moravian College.
Students must take all courses abroad for a letter grade. Pass/fail courses will not be accepted for Moravian credit. Students must earn a C (2.0) or better to receive credit for the course at Moravian. Grades earned on study abroad will not be calculated into the Moravian quality point average.
Moravian is committed to making study abroad available to all students. Students are charged Moravian tuition and fees. Moravian pays up to $8,000 toward the tuition to the program provider. The student is responsible for making up the difference in tuition, if any, and the student pays for room, board, airfare, and activity fees. Moravian aid as well as federal and state aid (per guidelines) will transfer for the study-abroad semester with the exception of on-campus work-study. Students participating in a summer program pay all fees directly to the program sponsor.
Faculty-led May Term study tours abroad are offered each year. Check online to see the current offerings. Moravian also co-sponsors six-week summer language programs in Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Germany through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). Grades from these programs are calculated into the student's overall Moravian quality point average. For further information on these programs, see the course offerings in Foreign Languages.