Summer 2023 Faculty-Led Programs Update
Faculty-led programs will be offered in May and Summer terms next year.
Truman Foundation Scholarships are available for Faculty-Led Programs! See program webpage for details.
With a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program at Truman, the Truman classroom is transformed by going abroad! Faculty-Led programs are designed to combine the professors, classmates, and academic excellence you’ve come to expect at Truman with immersive cultural experiences and unique field-based learning. As past students attest, the results are nothing short of life-changing! Through faculty-led programs, you can take your Spanish to the next level in Spain. Participate in preservation work with large African mammals in South Africa. Paint your way through the landscapes of Morocco. Get clinical experiences with CMDS in Mexico. With Truman’s faculty-led programs, you’ll take all that’s best about the Truman experience abroad as your professors make the world your classroom. Explore our programs below, reach out to course instructors to learn more about a program, or contact the study abroad office to help you get started.
Affordability is one of Truman’s core values and there are several ways to make international study an affordable option, especially through our Faculty-led Programs. With the help of Truman’s academic scholarships, federal financial aid and other financial assistance, a study abroad experience may be more attainable than you think. This is an investment that will pay you dividends for years to come. Take a look below for information regarding various forms of financial aid available to Truman students studying abroad:
Students who receive a Foundation Scholarship will also be expected to give one hour of service to the Study Abroad Office after the completion of their program. The Study Abroad Office will communicate with award recipients regarding opportunities to complete this hour of service that may include opportunities such as: volunteering at the study abroad fair, giving a presentation, meeting with a prospective student, sharing photos or pictures with the office, etc.
Faculty-Led Programs have a payment structure that differs from the regular billing students experience through Student Accounts in that payments are typically made prior to charges appearing on the student’s account. Therefore, rather than waiting for charges to appear, students will need to make payments according to the schedule listed on their program page. Please make arrangements to ensure that all payments for your program are made on time. You can make your payments through your online Truview account in the Student Account Suite (with the “eDeposits” option), by mailing a check, or processing your payment at the cashier window. Please allow several days after payment for changes to be reflected in TruView. If you anticipate any late payments, want to discuss alternate payment arrangements, or expect part of your program to be covered through Financial Aid, please contact Student Accounts as soon as possible to discuss your situation:
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Participant Cancellation and Refund Policies
Program Cancellation Policy
Student Dismissal Policy
Special Note for Flights in 2022
Due to current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic, most programs during the coming year will require students to purchase their own airline tickets (check the list of programs below for what type your program is and read more about Individual Flights below).
In order to mitigate financial risks, we highly recommend students take the following precautions when making airfare purchases:
Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office notifies you that your program has been confirmed!
- Programs that have not yet been confirmed may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollments. Once the Study Abroad Office verifies that a sufficient number of participants have paid their deposits and confirmation payments for a program, they will send out an email officially verifying that the program has been confirmed. Purchasing airfare prior to confirmation is a financial risk due to the possibility of cancellation.
Purchase cash-refundable tickets.
- Individual airlines and third-party sellers offer a wide variety of ticket-types with varying amounts of flexibility. While it can be attractive to select the least expensive flight, such budget options often come with little or no flexibility for making flight changes or cancellation. Students should also be aware that some refundable tickets are only refundable in vouchers towards future flights with the same ticket-seller and should investigate whether refundable tickets are available to mitigate financial risk. Always carefully read the fine-print and ask questions of your seller to ensure you have an amount of financial risk you feel comfortable with when purchasing airfare.
Purchase a trip insurance or flight insurance policy
- Another way to mitigate financial risks is to purchase an insurance policy through your seller or a third party. Many major insurers (including CISI who provides student health and emergency coverage for Truman’s programs) offer a range of coverage options for study abroad trips which can cover such items as flights and non-refundable costs paid to Truman in the event of cancellation. Students should assess such policies and obtain sufficient coverage to ensure they feel comfortable with the amount of financial risk they are carrying to study abroad.
Pay attention to the fine print.
- Many airlines and insurers have changed their policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many options advertised as “refundable” or “insured” may have various conditions that are not covered, or settlements may come in non-cash forms. Read carefully before making a purchase and contact your seller to ask questions to ensure that the coverage or tickets you are purchasing meet your needs.