Expand Your Universe
Have you ever dreamed of studying in a far-off place? Then come to Queens, where the John Belk International Program will take you there as part of your academic program of study!
We are consistently ranked among the top twenty universities in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation. At Queens, we feel so strongly about the value of international experiences for our students that we have created a way that all traditional undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad with financial support from the institution.
Why Study Abroad?
We believe that a college education is incomplete without a global perspective, something best gained by first-hand experience. Our international programs provide students with meaningful encounters with other cultures, preparing them to consider their place in a global community. When students live and study abroad, they don't just discover the world, they also discover themselves.
Still need convincing? Check out our Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad.
Who Can Participate in JBIP?
Full-time undergraduate students in good standing, with a minimum grade point average of 2.00, and junior-year status are eligible to participate. Part-time and Hayworth students are eligible to participate on a space-available basis by paying tuition and the full price of the program. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please call the CIE at 704-337-2534.
What is JBIP?
Queens gives you four main options for international study:
- Short-term faculty-led programs to countries like Greece, China, Italy or Micronesia
- Language immersion programs to improve proficiency and gain language credit
- Semester and year-long exchange programs through partner universities all over the world
- International internships for work experience and global perspective
How much does it cost?
For most of the faculty-led and special programs, the JBIP fund covers all of the major expenses (air and ground transportation, accommodations with breakfast, and admission to museums and historic sites). Students pay for most lunches and dinners and all personal expenses. There are moderate supplements for the more extensive study tours and for the language immersion programs. Semesters abroad cost about the same as an equivalent semester at Queens, with scholarships and loans still in effect. For more details, call the Center for International Education at 704-337-2534.
When can I travel abroad?
Each spring, the annual CIE Pre-Release Party reveals destinations for the coming year's short-term faculty-led programs. Generally, a winter trip and ten or twelve summer trips are offered. Program offerings for international internships, language immersion, and semester/year abroad generally remain consistent from one year to the next. Travel departure dates vary from May to June for summer trips, while they are more flexible for the other three types of programs.