Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) allow SIU students to earn transfer credit for study abroad programs sponsored by other accredited U.S universities and colleges. The SIP category also applies to degree-seeking SIU students who opt to enroll directly in foreign institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education of the host country for a summer, semester, or academic year.
Students participating in a SIP remain enrolled at SIU during the study abroad program and receive transfer credit and grades for the coursework that they complete abroad. Continuous SIU enrollment allows for access to state and federal financial aid. Students must obtain deferments from their host institution to defer loan repayments. In addition, students on a SIP receive academic, cultural and safety information at the mandatory Study Abroad Programs orientation and have contact with the office while abroad. Students also receive emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for the study period.
Undergraduate or graduate students may participate in a SIP as long as they meet the minimum 2.50 GPA requirement and are in good academic standing at SIU. As with other programs, students must complete at least one academic term at SIU prior to participating in study abroad. In all cases, the student must meet the sponsoring institution's eligibility requirements and must be accepted to the program by the sponsoring institution.
Students must schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad staff member before beginning the application process. The advisor will help the student determine if the non-SIU program meets Southern Illinois University* and SIP guidelines. The program coordinator will also explain the application process in greater detail and provide the student with SIU SIP application directions.
*Note: Due to concerns for student and faculty safety, Southern Illinois University requires extra review for programs at locations where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued. See http://travel.state.gov
/ for a list of countries currently under a Travel Warning.
In all cases, you should first consider programs affiliated with Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
It is entirely the student's responsibility to monitor deadlines and application procedures for the non-SIU program. In addition, students must complete the SIU Office of Study Abroad SIP application and scholarship application (if applicable) by the deadlines listed below, regardless of the non-SIU program deadlines.
Deadline for Winter Break, Spring Break, & Spring Semester programs: October 1
Deadline for Fall, Academic Year, or Summer programs: March 1
As with many other study abroad options, students must meet with departmental faculty advisors and their academic advisor in their major during the application process in order to complete an Academic Plan. Through this process they will be able to determine what equivalent KU credit they will receive for their study abroad courses.
Upon acceptance to the non-SIU program, students must submit a copy of the letter of acceptance from the host institution to SIU Study Abroad Programs.
All students who participate in SIPs are required to take part in the SIU pre-departure orientation even if there is an on-site orientation arranged by the non-SIU program. The SIU orientation provides important academic, cultural, and safety information to all study abroad participants.
Students are obligated to maintain full-time student status while abroad and to post all credit earned during the study abroad program to their SIU transcript. The foreign coursework, including all grades earned (utilizing the standard A-F range), will be posted on the student's SIU transcript as transfer credit. All credit is subject to the approval of the appropriate academic departments. Grades will be calculated into the student's overall GPA.
The student must provide an original, official transcript (or equivalent document), signed and sealed by the host institution's officials, to the OSA upon completion of the study period. The transcript may be forwarded directly to the OSA Coordinator or the student can hand-deliver a sealed copy. Failing to provide the transcript by the end of the following academic year may result in an administrative withdrawal dated at the beginning of the term abroad and immediate forfeiture of all financial aid, including return of scholarships and repayment of loans.
The SIP charges includes the application charge, SIU administration and one credit of SIU tuition. The tuition rate will be your regular rate pre-departure orientation, 24-hour emergency contact services, and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services.
The SIP fee is in addition to any tuition, fees or other expenses related to the non-SIU program. The SIP charge will be billed on your KU account once you commit to the program.
All other program related expenses (non-SIU program provider fees and/or host institution tuition, room and board etc) are the responsibility of the student and will not be billed on your SIU account. Students must make arrangements to pay these fees directly.
SIU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
SIU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to SIU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Academic Year, Fall & Summer programs and October 1 for Winter Break, Spring Break & Spring programs.
Students searching for a study abroad program are encouraged to meet with an Advisor in Study Abroad programs. Students who decide to do a SIP are responsible for researching their options, finding an appropriate program, and meeting with a program coordinator to discuss the program.
Brochures for a number of non-SIU programs are available in the Study Abroad Programs Resource Library.