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Click on a question to automatically scroll down to the answer. If you have questions not addressed here or would like further clarification on a response, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may get in touch through phone (1-800-874-7986; 937-769-1015); email (aea@antioch.edu), or our online contact form.

General Questions

Can I get in touch with past program participants to discuss their experiences directly?
How long have the AEA faculty been leading AEA programs?
Do I need a visa and passport?
How many students typically go on an AEA program?
Can I receive credit at my school for participating in an AEA program?
How can I receive a copy of the course syllabi?
Who teaches the courses on an AEA program?
What is the program itinerary, and what are the program dates?
Do AEA programs run every year?
Can the program accommodate special diets?
Can I meet an AEA alumnus/a from my school, or AEA faculty or staff visiting my campus?

Parents

How safe is study abroad for my son or daughter?
How can I contact my son or daughter during the program?

Admissions

Do I have to speak the language of the country I want to go to?
If an AEA program is not on my school’s approved study abroad programs list, what can I do?
Do letters of recommendation have to come from professors from my college or university?
How long should my Goals Statement application essay be?
What are AEA’s application deadlines, and may I apply early?
How soon after I send in my application will I know of my acceptance to the program?

Costs, Financial aid, and Scholarships

Will my financial aid cover study abroad? How does my financial aid apply to an AEA program?
Do I pay program fees to AEA or to my own college or university?
Are there any additional costs beyond the tuition and fees that I pay?
Where can I find additional resources for scholarships and grants to study abroad?
Does AEA offer a scholarship to study abroad?

Alumni

I participated in an AEA program. Where can I get my Antioch University transcript?
How can I keep in touch with AEA and the network of program alumni?

 

Responses

Q. Can I get in touch with past program participants to discuss their experiences directly?
A. Yes! Contact us, and we will be happy to provide prospective students with a list of past participants for the program(s) of interest. You may also wish to check out our Featured Alumni pages under each program to see what some of our former students are up to now, and how study abroad has supported their professional careers for years afterwards. Back to Top

Q. How long have the Antioch Education Abroad faculty been leading AEA programs?
A. Varying by program, our accomplished program directors have been leading Antioch Education Abroad’s distinctive study abroad programs for anywhere from five to thirty plus years. Many of our on-site staff has also been with the programs for many years. All of our program faculty, including directors, are experts in their respective fields, and dedicated to cross-cultural learning. Contact us to request more information about program faculty. Also, you may read the biography of each program faculty, under AEA Faculty and Staff.
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Q. Do I need a visa and passport?
A. Students will need a passport to study abroad in any of our programs. If you have been accepted to one of our programs and you do not yet have a passport, we recommend that you apply for one immediately. Here is the passport application website for more information. (You will also need to renew your passport if it is not valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program.)

AEA will make arrangements for student visas in certain programs; in other programs, students actively participate in the visa application process. Regardless of the program, if a visa is required, you will receive extensive instructions and assistance from us in acquiring your visa.
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Q. How many students typically go on an AEA program per semester?
A. At Antioch Education Abroad, we value hands-on learning in small to medium groups. Here are the average number of students participating in each program per semester:

Antioch in Germany: 5-10 (Students enroll at Tübingen University with thousands of students.)

Arts and Culture in West Africa: 8-12

Brazilian Ecosystems: 8-12

Buddhist Studies in India: 30-34

Community Development in Cameroon: 5-10 (Note: this is a new program and may be smaller while still in development)

Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe: 10-16

Globalization and Community Responses in Argentina: 5-10 (Note: this is a new program and may be smaller while still in development)

Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions: 10-16

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Q. Can I get credit at my school for participating in an AEA program?
A. As a part of Antioch University, Antioch Education Abroad is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in Chicago. Antioch University will issue an official transcript for coursework completed on an AEA program. When you enroll in an AEA program, you have the opportunity to enroll in up to 16 semester credits (more for our Antioch in Germany program). In the advising process at your home institution, you and your faculty advisor, along with your study abroad office, will determine how many credits will be approved and how many will be applied to your major or minor. Following the program, we will send your official transcript to your home institution. Contact us to request course syllabi or additional program information for your study abroad office staff or faculty to review for the approval of credits at your home institution.
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Q. How can I receive a copy of the course syllabi?
A. Contact us to request course syllabi and any additional program information for you, your faculty or study abroad office staff to review. In many cases, our program faculty may also be available (if they are not currently abroad) to answer any questions about the academic curriculum for the program.
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Q. Who teaches the courses on an AEA program?
A. The lead faculty for each program, who in most cases is also Antioch University faculty, is responsible for the program’s curriculum and teaches some, if not all of the courses, as well as supervises students’ independent research projects, internships, apprenticeships or service learning projects conducted while abroad. Lead faculty are often assisted by local language instructors, and other local experts in their field or faculty affiliated with a local university who may be invited as guest lecturers or instructors for a specific course. In our Germany, Cameroon, and Argentina programs, students also take course electives directly from faculty at the affiliated foreign university. For program-specific details, visit the Faculty & Staff pages under each AEA program, or the AEA Faculty and Staff page here.
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Q. What is the program itinerary, and what are the program dates?
A. Contact us for a copy of the current year’s program itinerary, which will likely closely reflect the itinerary for the upcoming program to which you plan to apply. Visit our Academic Calendar for tentative program dates. Actual program dates will not be available until a few months before the program’s departure from the U.S. You may also wish to visit each program’s Schedule and Daily Life page for more info.
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Q. Do AEA programs run every year?
A. Yes, AEA programs run once each year, either fall or spring semester, depending on the program. In the case of Antioch in Germany, our program runs every year with both fall and spring semesters, or full-year options.
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Q. Can the program accommodate special diets?
A. The types of meals provided vary from program to program. However, as part of the cultural immersion experience, most meals served are typical of the country or region in which the program takes place. The needs of vegetarian and vegan participants can be accommodated, but it is very helpful to know this information before the program begins. We will accommodate additional eating restrictions or special needs when possible. Typically, either most meals are provided or students receive a meal stipend. Please visit the Accommodations & Meals page under each program for more info, and contact us with specific questions you may have.
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Q. Can I meet an AEA alumnus/a from my school, or AEA faculty or staff visiting my campus?
A. Yes, visit our list of Participating Institutions to find out if a student from your college or university has participated in an AEA program in recent years. In many cases, there may be an AEA alumnus/a on your campus who would be happy to meet with you and discuss their experiences. We’d be happy to put you in touch with alumni near you, and others that you may contact via email and phone. In addition, each year AEA faculty and staff visit many of our partner institutions and arrange to meet prospective students in person when we’re on campus. Contact AEA to find out the program alumni that may be on campus, or the dates that an AEA representative will be visiting your college or university.
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Q. How safe is study abroad for my son or daughter?
A. At Antioch Education Abroad, we consider your sons’ and daughters’ safety our top priority. Please review the Health & Safety section of the AEA website for more information, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
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Q. How can I contact my son or daughter during the program?
A. We will provide contact information and details on the best forms of international communication specific to each program site prior to departure. Students will have some access to the internet (the amount varies by program). For more info, please read the Parents section on our website as well as AEA’s established emergency contact procedure.
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Q. Do I have to speak the language of the country I want to go to?
A. All courses, with the exception of those for Antioch in Germany (in German), and Globalization and Community Responses in Argentina (in Spanish), are taught in English. Many of our programs have an optional or required foreign language component, although prior language study is not required. Antioch in Germany requires students to possess intermediate-level German skills in order to qualify since all courses are taught in German. Globalization and Community Responses in Argentina requires applicants to have an intermediate level of Spanish, as all courses are taught in Spanish. Feel free to contact us for more details on specific programs.
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Q. If an AEA program is not on my school’s approved study abroad programs list, what can I do?
A. Most colleges and universities have a petition process to participate in a study abroad program that is not on their approved programs list. Each year, we work with many students to successfully petition to attend an AEA program. Usually, when a student has a compelling academic reason for attending the non-approved program, and gains the support of their academic department and adviser, the petition process is successful. It is important to meet as soon as possible with your study abroad office to find out what the process consists of to gain approval from your school, and when the deadlines are—as they are almost always earlier than AEA’s application deadlines. It is also important to discuss any financial aid policies on non-approved study abroad programs with your study abroad and financial aid offices.

Contact us with any questions, and to request any additional information, such as course syllabi, required by your school for approval.
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Q. Do letters of recommendation have to come from professors from my college or university?
A. AEA requires that one of your two letters of recommendation for our program application comes from a professor at the college or university you currently attend. The second letter of recommendation may come from an additional professor or from a former high school teacher, language tutor, employer, or other personal reference. Letters of recommendation should not come from a family member or another student.
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Q. How long should my Goals Statement application essay be?
A. Your Goals Statement should be one to two pages double-spaced, and not to exceed three pages in length.
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Q. What are Antioch Education Abroad’s application deadlines, and may I apply early?
A. See the deadlines for the AEA program to which you are applying below. Please inquire at your study abroad office, as many colleges and universities have earlier on-campus deadlines for study abroad. We recommend that you complete your application before the deadline. If you wish to be considered for early acceptance, you may apply before the deadline, but must specifically request consideration for early acceptance. Late applicants will be considered on a space available basis, and may be placed on a waiting list.

Antioch in Germany: March 15 (fall/full year) / October 15 (spring)
Arts and Culture in West Africa: March 30
Brazilian Ecosystems: March 15
Buddhist Studies in India: March 15
Community Development in Cameroon: October 30
Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe: March 30
Globalization and Community Responses in Argentina: October 30
Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions: March 30

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Q. How soon after I send in my application will I know of my acceptance to the program?
A. You will usually know within three weeks of the program deadline, or sooner, if you are accepted or not. You may contact us at any time to inquire about the status of your application. Early acceptance may be available upon request.
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Q. Will my financial aid cover study abroad? How does my financial aid apply to an AEA program?
A. Each year, the majority of students receive some form of financial aid from their home institutions (your college or university) to participate on an AEA program. AEA staff work with students and, in many cases, their home institutions to ensure that the opportunity to study abroad is accessible, and affordable. Here are some tips to understanding the financial aid process and study abroad, which is often complex, and highly individualized.  Please contact us at any time with questions, or to discuss this in greater depth.

Financial aid to study abroad is processed by the matriculating institution (the school where you will graduate from). In most cases, students provide their financial aid office with a detailed program cost breakdown provided by AEA, and the financial aid office will determine an estimate award according to the complete cost of attendance for the term abroad. Every college and university has its own policies towards financial aid and study abroad. According to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (102-325), federal financial aid is transferable and applicable to study abroad, which means that eligible students can receive federal financial aid. In some cases, additional institutional aid will also apply.

Please make appointments early with your study abroad and financial aid offices to discuss their policies and determine how much of your financial aid will apply. Your study abroad and financial aid offices will have a detailed process for you to follow to ensure that your credits and financial aid transfers to an AEA program. It is important that you follow these procedures carefully, and AEA will provide any needed information to facilitate the process.

Many students apply to additional, outside Grants and Scholarships towards study abroad. AEA has compiled a list of outside scholarships and grants that are available to students. Download our Grants and Scholarships Guide. We recommend that students pursue these opportunities as early as possible because many of the deadlines are before AEA’s application deadlines.
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Q. Do I pay program fees to AEA or to my own college or university?
A. All program fees are paid to Antioch Education Abroad, Antioch University. If your institution is paying your program fees they must let us know when and how payments will be made. We will send you further information and instructions in a financial agreement upon your acceptance to an AEA program. Your study abroad and/or financial aid office should have further details about how they handle billing and financial aid for study abroad programs.
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Q. Are there any additional costs beyond the tuition and fees that I already pay?
A. The stated cost of an AEA program covers all tuition, room and board, and in-country transportation. Some program fees also cover international travel. The amount of money needed for additional expenses will vary based on your lifestyle and the country of the program. You may want to set aside money for supplies, souvenirs, gifts, or extra meals. AEA can provide an estimated amount needed for additional expenses based on past participants. For program specific information, visit the webpage for your program of interest and select “Costs and Financial Aid.” You can also contact AEA to receive the complete cost breakdown for your program(s) of interest.
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Q. Where can I find additional resources for scholarships and grants to study abroad?
A. AEA has compiled a list of outside scholarships and grants that are available to students. Download our Grants and Scholarships Guide here. We recommend that students pursue these opportunities as early as possible because many of the deadlines are before AEA’s application deadlines.
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Q. Does AEA offer a scholarship to study abroad?
A. Yes. For more information on the Irwin Abrams and Paula Spier Study Abroad Scholarship offered by AEA, click here. This scholarship, named after our co-founders, is need-based and awards are between $1500-$4000 per semester. Multiple scholarships will be awarded each year.
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Q. I participated in an AEA program. Where can I get my Antioch University transcript?
A. After students complete an AEA program, they will receive copies of their narrative evaluations and grades with their transcript. We send an official copy of the student’s Antioch University transcript to the study abroad office or registrar’s office of their home institution (to the address indicated on the student’s AEA application).

If you would like an official transcript for your own records, for a graduate school application, or for any other reason, you may request a transcript through the Antioch University records office.
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Q. How can I keep in touch with AEA and the network of program alumni?
A. There are many avenues for staying in touch with friends and faculty at home and abroad after participating in an AEA program. Connect with AEA on Facebook, and through our program alumni listserv, which often announces professional opportunities as well as personal updates. You may also wish to be added to our list of past participants to talk with prospective students about your experiences on an AEA program, or meet with prospective students on your campus. Contact us to be added to the listserv, or about the possibility of speaking to prospective students.
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We encourage students, parents, and advisors with questions to contact us for more information and/or help with any part of the application process.

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