Trinity University hopes that students will consider the benefits of spending a year or a semester studying abroad. To be liberally educated requires knowledge and sensitivity transcending the limits of one's own culture, and in a world increasingly interdependent, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational ideal.
Almost any Trinity major (specifically including the natural science, mathematics, and engineerings) can be served through a variety of study abroad opportunities. For example, Trinity maintains an affiliation or association with programs specializing in business and/or economics in London, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Dijon, Vienna, Freiburg, and Tokyo. Economics or business students with a degree of language skill have other program options in French-, Spanish-, and German-speaking countries. Communication or drama students can elect specialized programs in London, Glasgow, or Sydney, while premedical students find appropriate courses at British or Australian universities.
Foreign Language students and International Studies majors benefit from living in the language and cultured being studied, but proficiency in a second language is not required for many programs. Courses in English are available in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, most of Europe, and even a few in Latin America. Communication, political science, or business majors may choose an academic internship abroad to gain perspective in their discipline while strengthening their resume. Field studies in biology or sociology/anthropology are available in many different world areas; and since there is no language limitation in British, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, and some Asian and African universities, study abroad in one's academic discipline is accessible to nearly any student.
Some students studying abroad concentrate on cultural enrichment rather than their major or minor. Requirement for most Trinity degrees leave room for a semester or even a year of electives, and at least a few courses appropriate for the Common Curriculum may be found in many programs around the world.
Students should begin early to plan the integration of the degree program to include foreign study. The first year is not too early for most students to begin preliminary study abroad advising, and it is vital for students in some majors. (For example accounting, engineering, and premedical students will find that a particular semester has already been identified when study abroad is most easily done.) There also are language and course prerequisites (such as the year sequence in statistics for psychology students) which should be considered early in order to meet entrance requirements for programs and foreign institutions.
Note: Course taken abroad may, when appropriate, fulfill Common Curriculum skills and understandings. The Registrar must approve all courses to be counted for the Common Curriculum.
Pell grants, Trinity and federal loans, need-based Trinity grants, and most externally funded scholarships may be applied to approved semesters of study abroad. Funds from the State of Texas are ineligible by law. Although academic scholarships not accompanied by demonstrated need are not eligible to be applied to study abroad, students away for one semester may arrange for their scholarship to be concentrated in the other semester of the same academic year. The Trinity funded Walton Student Loan program may be used for study abroad. All principles applicable to study abroad apply also to domestic special studies semesters such as the American University Washington Semester program. For further details and procedures, contact the Financial Aid Office or the Study Abroad Office.
A distinguishing feature is Trinity's philosophy of study abroad, to place each student in whatever program is most appropriate to his or her specific needs, interests, and academic record. Our affiliation with the Institute of European Studies (Paris, Nantes, Madrid, Vienna, Freiburg, London, Durham, Mexico City, Singapore, Nagoya), its associated Institute of Asian Studies (Beijing, Nagoya, Tokyo, Singapore), DIS: Copenhagen, CIEE, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome), and less formal associations with a number of additional institutions are means to that end. Trinity University most directly sponsors programs as a member of Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). Trinity University maintains a direct exchange with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Supeiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico and with Lingnan University in Hong Kong, China.
To receive credit for study abroad, students must be preapproved through the advising, application, and approval process of Trinity's Study Abroad Office. Students studying abroad in approved programs are continuously enrolled at Trinity and have the registration and housing privileges of current students.
Please contact Ms. Nancy Ericksen, Study Abroad Counselor, Chapman Graduate Center 230, (210) 999-7313