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  • Passport and Visa
     

    Passport Information

    To go abroad on one of our programs, students will require a valid passport issued by their country of citizenship.

    While it is not required for you to have a passport at the time of application submission, if you are nominated to a program, you will need  to obtain a passport prior to departure. Some partner institutions require a copy of the passport to be submitted as part of their application process. This will be indicated to you by your Program Coordinator during the nomination process.

    To apply for or renew a U.S. issued passport, there is an application process which can take several weeks to process.

    Visa Information

    If you are traveling abroad, you may be required to obtain a visa. U.S. passport holders can refer to the U.S. Department of State for country-specific information.

    Particular programs will require a visas in which case the International Academic Programs Office and/or Program Director will provide advice on the process.

  • Health and Safety
     

    Health

    Stony Brook University’s Office of International Academic Programs mandates that all participants have adequate international health insurance through our provider, GeoBlue . The enrollment in GeoBlue is a requirement of SUNY and covers medical care and prescriptions abroad, medical evacuation and repatriation. All students will be registered for this insurance by the Stony Brook International Academic Programs Office and will be billed accordingly.

    All participants in overseas programs should familiarize themselves with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specific to the country where they will be studying.

    Safety

    All students, faculty and staff travelling abroad through Stony Brook University are required to complete the International Travel Policy Form . In the case of an emergency while our students, faculty and staff are abroad, the submission of this form allows us to survey and reach out to those representatives abroad to ensure their safety.

    The US Department of State shares information in the form of Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings about political, natural and social instability as a warning for U.S. Citizens travelling abroad. Their portal can be used a resource for the most up to date information for Americans abroad.

    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Though enrollment is not required, it is highly recommended.

    Students and their families should be aware that the U.S. Department of State maintains a website for U.S. citizen students who are, or will be, studying abroad.

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  • Grade and Credit Transfer
     

    Grade and Credit Transfer Process

    Students who Study Abroad through Stony Brook University are able to enroll in courses to count towards their degree. The various program types allow students the flexibility of the type of credits they will receive. 

     

    Faculty-led

    • Stony Brook students who enroll in a faculty-led program will receive letter grades upon completion of their program and this grade will calculate towards your GPA.
    • Other-SUNY students will receive an Official Transcript upon completion of their program. These students should check with their home campus on grade and transfer credit policy.
    • Non-SUNY students will need to request an Official Transcript through SOLAR upon completion of their program. These students should check with their home campus on grade and transfer credit policy.

     

    Exchange and International Summer Schools

    • All students credits will transfer to Stony Brook University and appear on their Stony Brook University transcript.
    • Other-SUNY students will receive an Official Transcript upon completion of their program. These students should check with their home campus on grade and transfer credit policy.
    • Non-SUNY students will need to request an Official Transcript through SOLAR upon completion of their program. These students should check with their home campus on grade and transfer credit policy.
    • Stony Brook University students studying abroad must complete the Learning Agreement Form if they would like their transfer credits to count towards major/minor degree requirements or SBC’s.

     

    Students who study at our Partner Universities or at International Summer Schools should note that there is up to a 4 month wait in receiving transcripts which delays the transfer credit process. Financial Aid, TAP and Excelsior Scholarships may be affected by this and students should work with their appropriate advisors in preparation.

    International Credits

    International Transfer Credit Policy for Summer & Winter for Currently Enrolled SBU Students

    To obtain Stony Brook credit for  summer or winter courses offered by an institution outside of the United States, currently enrolled Stony Brook students are required to participate in an approved partner university program offered through International Academic Programs (IAP) in the Office of Global Affairs.  All other international credits obtained in the summer or winter will not be eligible as transfer credit applied to your Stony Brook degree program. This also includes international credits taken from U.S. institutions outside of IAP or SUNY.

    New York State residents participating in an IAP approved program pay the in-state tuition rate for coursework; all other students participating in an IAP approved program pay the out-of-state tuition rate for coursework.  Scholarships ranging from $500-$3000 are available for IAP participants (eligibility based on academic eligibility and financial burden of program).  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details on IAP approved programs, costs, and scholarships.

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