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Application and Selection Criteria for Semester/Year Abroad

Since there are limited spaces for each program, the selection process is competitive and is based on a completed application, transcripts from previous college work, letters of recommendation, advisor’s approval, and an interview with a selection committee. The selection committee will make their recommendations to the Office of International Programs which is charged with the final decision. Special permission is required to participate in a semester abroad and January term off-campus course in the same academic year.

Students selected to study abroad for a semester or year must attend a mandatory orientation session, usually held in the spring prior to departure, and other program-specific meetings held throughout the semester. In addition, all participants must take IDST 031 – Intercultural Communication: Departure and Re-entry, as part of their semester abroad curriculum, and attend mandatory re-entry sessions as directed by the International Programs Office. As preparation for overseas study, participants are also urged to take SOAN 230 or TCCA 230 – Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives.

The cost of a semester or year abroad in any of Linfield’s administered program is similar to the cost of a semester on the McMinnville campus, depending on the program selected. Participants pay the regular Linfield tuition and programs fees which cover other on-site costs, depending on the program,  such as housing and meals, program-organized field trips, orientation and cultural activities, and other incidentals. The costsheet  details the individual costs per program. The regular financial aid package awarded by the College can be applied to all Linfield-administered semester programs.

Costs for passport and visa application, airport departure taxes, costs of required inoculations, expenses for local transportation and certain meals not covered by the program (for example, during the vacation periods when classes are not in session), and other out of pocket expenses are the responsibility of the students.

Previous participants’ estimates of suggested budget parameters for various expenses are available for each semester abroad site and will be included in the pre-departure orientation material.

For additional questions, please contact the International Programs Office in Walker 120 or call (503) 883-2222. Email: