“That semester changed my life.”
is the constant refrain heard among students who take advantage of Baker’s many study abroad opportunities. Baker’s mission is to create effective global citizens capable of effecting change worldwide, and we believe that starts with an understanding. Our Office of Study Abroad is proud to offer programs in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Recent Baker students have studied throughout western Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Hungary, and Turkey.
Baker offers a full range of options worldwide, in almost any discipline:
- Our study abroad director helps you find a program to match your needs and interests.
- Combine challenging academic course work with international travel and cultural exploration.
- Many English- and world-language programs are offered around the globe.
- Credits will transfer from approved programs, and most financial awards can be applied to study abroad programs.
- Students also have the opportunity to travel internationally during interterm.
Why Study Abroad?
It’s more affordable than you think.
Most Baker University financial awards and scholarships can be applied to study abroad for one full semester if your major requires study abroad. If your major does not require study abroad and you have a GPA of at least 3.0, you could qualify for a $5,000 study abroad grant. Most federal, state and private scholarships, grants, and loans apply. Most program providers offer specific study abroad scholarship opportunities.
Learn a New Language
Study abroad is a perfect time to start learning a language you always wanted to know. If you don’t speak another language or feel you are not ready for full immersion, many programs exist for the study of language at all levels.
Credits will transfer from approved programs. Strategic planning ensures no lost time.
Steps for Study Abroad
Studying abroad requires planning, both to ensure you are eligible and properly documented for your program of choice and to determine how your course work abroad will meet your graduation requirements at Baker University.
1. Verify and maintain eligibility:
- Minimum 2.0 GPA (specific programs may have higher requirements)
- Sophomore standing (at least 30 credit hours completed)
- Good standing with the Office of Student Affairs
2. Schedule an appointment with the Student Academic Success staff.
- Research your options.
- Acquire a passport
- Check with the Office of Financial Aid.
3. Begin discussions with your academic advisor.
- Select a program
- Apply for the selected program(s).
- Take the completed application to the Office of Study Abroad for review and approval.
4. Acquire a visa, if required.
Please follow instructions from your individual program provider regarding visas; requirements vary widely from country to country and are in a constant state of flux. Your program provider will have the most up-to-date information for your program and location.
5. Attend the mandatory study abroad meetings.
Study abroad meetings are usually in November for spring study abroad students, April for summer and fall students.
6. Meet with your Baker advisor regarding course selection.
Select several alternate courses.
7. Meet with the Office of the Registrar to complete the Transfer Course Equivalencies form.
Include several alternate courses; sometimes enrollment in a particular course cannot be confirmed until after your arrival.
During the January interterm period, after Christmas break but before the official start of the spring semester, Baker students have the opportunity to travel the globe with their professors. Interterm is a unique, immersive experience that uses travel to develop well-rounded global citizens. In 2016, Baker students traveled to Amsterdam, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Spain.
These are their stories, told through pictures submitted by students themselves using the hashtag #BakerTravels.
Spend a Semester at Harlaxton College | Grantham, England
Baker is proud of its premier partnership with Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. More than 500 Baker students have studied at Harlaxton, which was ranked the world’s No. 1 study abroad destination in 2015 by Best College Reviews. Harlaxton is the British campus of the University of Evansville.
Find Your Program
Baker University’s director of study abroad, Dr. Robyn Long, works with the following program providers to offer you a full range of global opportunities. All Baker students must go through Baker’s Office of Study Abroad in order to maintain enrollment and to be considered for academic credit transfer and financial aid consideration.