Southeastern Study Abroad Program accepting applications, scholarships available
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Applications are now being accepted for Southeastern Louisiana University’s study abroad program, which covers a wide range of academic subjects in a variety of countries.
The short-term programs, all of which offer academic credit, are open not only to Southeastern students but to students from other universities, as well as the general public, said Kent Neuerburg, professor of mathematics and director of the university’s International Initiatives and Honors programs.
The study abroad programs include:
-- Language programs in Spain and Germany;
-- Biology programs in the Galapagos Islands;
-- Business programs in China, Panama,Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands;
-- Humanities programs – including history, political science, philosophy, theater, and communication – in England, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.
Deadline to apply for the programs is Feb. 25, 2011; spots can be reserved with a study abroad application and a $100 non-refundable deposit.
“The earlier they sign up the better, since limited numbers can be accepted into each program,” he added.
Neuerburg said a number of scholarships are available through Southeastern, as well as various other organizations, such as the Southeastern Student Government Association (SGA). The International Initiatives Office can provide interested students with information on applying for these scholarships, he said.
“There are 40 SGA scholarships of $1,000 available to assist students in funding the study abroad programs,” said David Cavell, SGA president. “A student wanting to file an application for an SGA scholarship must have a 2.5 cumulative and semester grade point average and be free of any academic and/or disciplinary probation and/or suspension during the semester the application is submitted. Additionally, the student must have already been accepted into the Study Abroad Program, as well as maintain a passing grade for the courses offered through their respective program.”
Cavell said that if a student drops and/or fails to complete the course, the scholarship will be forfeited, and the student will be required to refund the monies allocated by SGA. Scholarship applications are due to the study abroad office on Feb. 1, 2011 no later than 4:30 p.m.
“Study abroad has become very affordable, since students can apply regular financial aid to the expenses,” Neuerburg said. “And students who participate in the program frequently cite the trips as ‘life-changing experiences.’”
For more information about the study abroad program, contact the study abroad office in McGehee Hall, room 122, at 985-549-2135, or go online to www.selu.edu/studyabroad. For more information about SGA scholarships, contact the Student Government Association office at (985) 549-2296