How does it work?
Queens' students will be eligible to travel abroad with their John Belk International Program (JBIP) funds in their junior year, and will be asked to select their experience at the end of their sophomore year. There are four options open to every student.
Option 1: Semester Abroad
Students will have the option to select a partner institution and earn a semester's worth of credit while living and studying in another country. Students will select their overseas institution based on country preference, academics, and language ability. Courses are pre-approved at Queens before your son or daughter goes abroad, so the credit will transfer back and will count towards his/ her degree. Most students will live in dorm style accommodations abroad and will take courses at a university overseas on a daily basis. Many students select this option in the spring of their junior year and then elect to travel independently after the semester.
Option 2: Faculty Lead Short Term Programs
Students can take advantage of a two to three week faculty lead study abroad program that travels to a region of the world. These trips typically are fast paced and see multiple locations, historical sites, museums, and have a variety of cultural experiences included. A student will take a preparatory class the semester before the trip to learn about the culture, language, and history of the location and then travel in either December or May to the location with Queens Faculty members. Past locations have included London, China, South Africa, Peru, Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, and many other worldwide locations.
Option 3: International Internship
Students can combine their internship requirements with an international experience as another option. Students will work through the internship office to create a customized experience abroad where they will intern at a company and gain value work skills as well as international experience. These internships can be customized to suite the students interests in both work and location. Past locations have included the UK and Ecuador.
Option 4: Language Immersion
Students can also select a four week intensive language immersion in any of the languages we offer at Queens. This program allows students to live with host families, to take courses twenty hours a week, and to be immersed in the target language, culture, and country. Students have studied French, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese in the past.