Study Abroad Policies

Study Abroad Policies

Academic policies for off-campus programs:

  • For Cornerstone University credit to be awarded, the program or experience must be approved in advance by the International Programs Committee.
  • Students in such programs are designated as enrolled at Cornerstone University.

Financial aid policy for semester abroad programs:

This information applies only to aid directly from Cornerstone University. It does not affect any federal or state aid or loans that a student may have. Off-Campus study is a valuable part of a student’s education. Therefore, Cornerstone University allows a certain number of students per year to apply a portion of their institutional financial aid to semester abroad programs. In allocating financial aid funds to semester abroad programs and selecting students to receive such a benefit, the university’s policy is driven by two guiding principles:

  • Study abroad programs that immerse students in a foreign culture are some of the most valuable, life-changing educational experiences a student can have.
  • Cross-cultural study that occurs in a Christian context and is motivated from a Christian worldview is the most meaningful kind of semester abroad experience. Therefore, Cornerstone University seeks to give priority in financial aid support and student selection to cross-cultural programs that share its Christian mission and educational perspective.

Amount of Study Abroad Financial Aid:

  • Up to 100% of institutional financial aid, depending on available funds: All international CCCU programs and other Christian-based cross cultural programs approved by the International Programs Committee, such as Semester in Ireland.
  • Up to 75% of institutional financial aid, depending on available funds: All domestic CCCU programs (such as the Contemporary Music program) and IP C-approved domestic programs (such as the Chicago Semester).

Procedure for awarding study abroad financial aid:

  • By March 1 of the preceding semester, any student planning to apply Cornerstone University financial aid to a study abroad program for the fall semester must notify the Global Opportunities Office in writing. The International Programs Committee will allocate up to 75% of available financial aid funds to students studying abroad in the fall semester.
  • By October 1 of the fall semester, any student planning to apply Cornerstone University financial aid to a study abroad program for the spring semester must notify the International Programs Office in writing. The International Programs Committee will allocate the remaining available financial aid funds to eligible students studying abroad in the spring semester.
  • Award amounts for each individual student will vary based on the overall number of students applying for study abroad, the particular program attended, and the amount of aid that the student is eligible for. In addition, the following factors will affect award amounts: prior participation in semester abroad programs, financial need, year of study at Cornerstone University, cost of the off-campus program, and overall GPA.

Other stipulations:

Students attending Cornerstone University under a tuition exchange program from another college cannot carry that exchange to an off-campus program.

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