Academics and Advisement

What are the requirements for study abroad?
To study abroad during the semester or academic year, your son or daughter must be in good academic standing with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 depending on the program (higher for some programs). In addition, your child must have a satisfactory disciplinary record and receive the approval of the Dean for Students. Final approval to enroll in a study abroad program is at the discretion of the Study Abroad Selection Committee which is comprised of faculty members, associate deans, and the Study Abroad Director. These requirements are the same for both Canisius and external programs. Summer courses require that students are in good academic and disciplinary standing.

What will my son or daughter study abroad?
Whether your child studies abroad on a Canisius program or on an external program, he or she will be able to study most every Canisius subject areas as well as many that are not taught on our home campus. Some programs may be better suited to your child’s major. Study Abroad Office encourages students, with input from their major department and Associate Dean, to identify their desired courses, and with the help of our office to learn where those can best be taken.

Can my son or daughter do an internship while abroad?
London, Italy, and a program in Spain offer internships at an additional charge.

Will my son or daughter’s courses abroad count toward graduation?
Students are expected to enroll in a full academic course load at the host institution, although the number of classes taken may vary widely depending upon the host institution. Students meet with their Canisius Associate Dean and Department Chair prior to departure to select the courses they can take abroad.

How are grades from abroad handled at Canisius?
Grading procedures are not the same in all countries. In many programs, your son or daughter will not have on-going assessments, but rather will be assessed at the end of the semester (or year) in the form of a cumulative exam or paper. The credits and grades from the host institution are converted into U.S. credits and grades and the grades are calculated into your son’s or daughter’s GPA. If your child is on an external program, the courses and grades will appear on the Canisius transcript.

Are there programs for students with special needs?
We do our best to accommodate every student. While we try, not every program is equipped to provide for students with special needs. Students should talk to the Director of the Study Abroad Office.

How will my son or daughter register for courses for the next term?
Students returning from studying abroad will contact the Associate Dean for their pin number and will register online at their assigned day and time. The students will be e-mailed registration information, and the course listings will be made available for viewing on-line at the Canisius College home page.

Are the teaching styles and grading systems different abroad?
Yes, in many cases teaching is mainly lecture style and class sizes may be much larger than at Canisius. In some programs, the teaching style is patterned after the American system with small group discussion and group work. 

Advising and Support

How are courses approved for study abroad?
Prior to departure, your son or daughter will meet with his or her Associate Dean and Department Chair to obtain approval for courses taken abroad.

What does Canisius do to prepare my son or daughter to study abroad?
All Canisius students are required to attend a mandatory Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation session during the semester prior to departure. Your child will also receive a Study Abroad Handbook which provides information on study abroad policies, procedures and other recommendations, as well as Canisius program-specific information. The programs also provide on-site orientation upon arrival in the host city.

What support services will my son or daughter have while abroad?
On-site support services vary by program. All host universities provide an orientation for newly arrived students. These orientation programs may vary in length, ranging from a few hours, to a few days, up to a full week, and are meant to provide your child with an introduction to the institution, the culture, and the city in which they are located. The International Office at the host university is the first point of contact for students who need anything including university resources such as accommodations for a disability, counseling or health services, or simply where to buy a phone card.

What happens if my son or daughter changes the approved courses while abroad?
If your son or daughter selects a course that was not approved by the Associate Dean or Department Chair, s/he must obtain approval from the Associate Dean for core courses and from his or her Department Chair for courses in their major.

How are grades from abroad handled at Canisius?
Grading procedures are not the same in all countries. In many programs, your son or daughter will not have on-going assessments, but rather will be assessed at the end of the semester (or year) in the form of a cumulative exam or paper. The credits and grades from the host institution are converted into U.S. credits and grades and the grades are calculated into your son’s or daughter’s GPA. If your child is on an external program, the courses and grades will appear on the Canisius transcript.

Are there programs for students with special needs?
We do our best to accommodate every student. While we try, not every program is equipped to provide for students with special needs. Students should talk to the Director of the Study Abroad Office.

How will my son or daughter register for courses for the next term?
Students returning from studying abroad will contact the Associate Dean for their pin number and will register online at their assigned day and time. The students will be e-mailed registration information, and the course listings will be made available for viewing on-line at the Canisius College home page.

Are the teaching styles and grading systems different abroad?
Yes, in many cases teaching is mainly lecture style and class sizes may be much larger than at Canisius. In some programs, the teaching style is patterned after the American system with small group discussion and group work.