WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning

Paula Hentz, Director of International Learning

Roxanne Lewis, International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator

Brent Spencer, Program Coordinator

Study Abroad

Exchange Programs

Stetson offers students semester and year-long exchange opportunities at a range of institutions around the world for transfer credit. WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning at Stetson University administers the exchange programs of international study, providing opportunities for learning at 25 locations overseas:

  • Universidad Carlos III (Spanish and English direct enrollment) in Madrid, Spain;
  • Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany;
  • Complutense University of Madrid (Spanish Language program) in Madrid, Spain;
  • Oxford University in Oxford, England;
  • Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France;
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England;
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England;
  • University of Leicester, Leicester, England;
  • Kufstein University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria;
  • MCI Management Center, Innsbruck, Austria;
  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, Netherlands;
  • Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark;
  • Multiple programs in Russia;
  • Mahidol International University in Bangkok, Thailand;
  • Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea;
  • Korea University-Sejong Campus in Sejong, South Korea;
  • Ewha Women's University, Seoul, South Korea;
  • Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya/Osaka City, Japan;
  • Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China;
  • National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan;
  • Ton Duc Thang University - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia;
  • University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia;
  • Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil;
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile;
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • More exchanges are expected to become effective in the Academic Year 2017-2018. 

       Please refer to http://www.stetson.edu/world for the latest information.

Exchange programs are designed to engender intercultural understanding through personal experience and first-hand, high-impact exposure to a country’s language, literature, history, social institutions, and artistic and scientific development.

Juniors, seniors, and mature sophomores are encouraged to take part in one or more study abroad programs. Students may earn one semester or one year of credit at approximately the same tuition cost as study on the home campus, plus international travel, visas, etc.  The exchange program in Madrid is supervised by a Resident Director who is a bilingual affiliate of the cooperating institution. The programs in all other locations are supervised by the international student office of the host university. The overall program is coordinated by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning.

A study abroad experience is expected of world languages & cultures and international studies majors. It is required for majors in international business. The program usually facilitates obtaining a double major or completion of a world languages & cultures minor.

Admission to the program involves an application, which may be completed online at the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website at http://www.stetson.edu/world.

The exchange program is competitive; meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Stetson offers short courses abroad led by Stetson faculty including summer, winter, and spring break programs in many countries. These programs differ annually both in geographic location as well as academic foci. Information on programs, including requirements, is available on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website at http://www.stetson.edu/world.

Affiliated Programs

Students who wish to study abroad in a program other than a Stetson University program may be able to do so for transfer credit. Information is available on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website at http://www.stetson.edu/world.

International Student and Scholar Services

Stetson University welcomes international students on its campuses. In recent years, students from as many as 56 counties have enrolled in Stetson programs. WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning assists these students as well as international scholars with their unique needs and concerns. This includes a comprehensive three-day orientation upon arrival, assistance with immigration issues and paperwork, cultural adjustment, and familiarization with Stetson and Deland. The staff of WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning continue to support our students while at Stetson with social and co-curricular programming, immigration services, and a multitude of other services. International students are encouraged to review the “Students” section of the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website at http://www.stetson.edu/world for a wealth of resources and information prior to arriving, as well as during their time, at Stetson.

WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning serves as a liaison between international students and various governmental agencies, such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Service and the State Department, to help students navigate immigration rules and regulations.

The WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning team also works with individual faculty and programs who are bringing international scholars, interns, etc., to the Stetson campus. They may be contacted at https://secure.stetson.edu/forms/other/world/contact/.

International Transfers/Study Abroad Credit: 

STUDY ABROAD

There are three (3) types of study abroad programs at Stetson; please read this section carefully as the transfer of credits does vary by program type.

1.  Stetson Faculty-Led Programs

  • Courses taken through Stetson’s faculty-led programs (as listed on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website) are treated as if they are taken at Stetson. Credits and grades do impact GPA.
  • Courses offered on the Stetson campus which include a study abroad component (e.g. a spring semester course with a study abroad component during Spring Break) do not receive additional credit.

2.  Stetson Exchange Programs

  • Courses taken through Stetson’s study abroad exchange programs (as listed on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website) are treated as if they are taken at Stetson. Credits and grades do impact GPA. Stetson exchange program credits do not count towards the maximum transfer credits allowed because they are considered Stetson credit, not transfer credit.
  • Earning of academic credit for exchange programs is approved by the Academic Advisor and/or Chair of the relevant Department, not by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning. Securing approval in writing is the sole responsibility of the student before departing for the study abroad program.
  • Foreign grades for exchange programs are converted by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning staff using standards in the field of international transcript evaluation from the foreign country/educational system.
  • All of Stetson's Pass/Fail policies apply to exchange programs.

3.  Non-Stetson Study Abroad Programs (Affiliated or other)

  • Earning of academic credit for non-Stetson programs is approved by the Academic Advisor and/or Chair of the relevant Department, not by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning. Securing approval in writing is the sole responsibility of the student before departing for the study abroad program.
  • Transfer and Pass/Fail rules apply to any study abroad course(s) taken through non-Stetson programs even if listed on a Stetson website(s).  These could be “affiliated” programs (as listed on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website) or other approved programs. Grades from these programs do not factor into the student’s ongoing GPA but are calculated into the cumulative GPA at graduation only if the student is eligible for academic honors based on Stetson’s GPA. Transfer students are cautioned that study abroad course(s) taken through non-Stetson programs will count towards the maximum allowed transfer credits.
  • Grades issued by another U.S. institution of record for a foreign partner or affiliate will be evaluated using the standard transfer evaluation process for grades from that institution.

If a student attends a program without a U.S. institution of record, the student must provide, at his or her own cost, an official translation and a course-by-course evaluation/transcript which has been reviewed and approved by one of the following two evaluation services:

World Education Services           Josef Silny & Associates
22 Prince Street                          7101 SW 102 Ave.
PMB #101                                   Miami, FL 33173
New York, NY 10012                   www.jsilny.com
www.wes.org

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS

Grades issued by another U.S. institution of record for a foreign partner will be evaluated using the standard transfer evaluation process for grades from that institution.

If a student attends a program without a U.S. institution of record, the student must provide, at his or her own cost, an official translation and a course-by-course evaluation/transcript which has been reviewed and approved by one of the following two evaluation services:

World Education Services            Josef Silny & Associates
22 Prince Street                           7101 SW 102 Ave.
PMB #101                                    Miami, FL 33173
New York, NY 10012                    www.jsilny.com
www.wes.org