Special Note Regarding Covid-19 and 2020-2021 Programs
Current international travel restrictions have delayed our ability to approve faculty-led programs for this coming academic year. However, the Study Abroad Office is preparing a select group of programs to run in the event that these restrictions are lifted and programs can occur safely. To give students more time and flexibility to make plans, we are making adjustments to our application and payment deadlines and refund policies. If you are interested in participating in a faculty-led program this year, click on the program page and fill out the “Interest Form” for your program. Also, feel free to schedule an appointment with an advisor through Calendly, call 660-785-4076, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program at Truman, you can experience the Truman classroom transported 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 on-site learning. As past students attest, the results are nothing short of life-changing! This May Interim or Summer, take your Spanish to the next level in Spain. Participate in preservation work with large African mammals in South Africa. Get clinical experiences with CMDS in Mexico. Dive into the language and culture of Japan or sign up for a service learning opportunity in teaching there. 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.
Credit Hours: 12
Tentative Dates: May Interim: May 21st – July 15th, 2021
Program Directors: Profs. Matthew Tornatore and Jose Carreno
Credit Hours: 6
Tentative Dates: Summer: June 28th – August 9th, 2021
Program Director: Prof. Masahiro Hara
Destination: South Africa
Credit Hours: 3
Tentative Dates: May Interim: May 9 – 25, 2021
Program Director: Prof. Stephanie Foré
Credit Hours: 4
Tentative Dates: Summer: May 26th – June 26th, 2021
Program Director: Prof. Masahiro Hara
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 2020-2021
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 cash- 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.
Flights Differ by Program
Study Abroad Office Information
While your instructor will be your primary point of contact for your program, the Study Abroad Office is here to help you navigate all the administrative and safety aspects of your study abroad experience. We can work with you, advocate for you, and help guide you as you complete all the various steps involved in study abroad. Schedule a meeting today through Calendly, email, or calling (660) 785-4076.
Coordinator for Faculty-Led Programs
Center for International Education Abroad
106C Baldwin Hall