A lot of students have never considered studying overseas while at Chaminade University. Studying overseas gives students the opportunity to go to school and experience other cultures and gain a better understanding of ones individuality.
Chaminade partners with University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Study Abroad Program. These are semester programs that take you to many different countries all over the globe. Some of the countries that are offered for students to study at are England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, Easter Island, China, Japan and French Polynesia.
Curtis Washburn gave a little advice to students about the financial expenses about studying abroad.
Washburn said that the cost of these programs varies depending on first the location of the program that the student is interested in studying. Some programs cost more than other programs in terms of the tuition, cost of travel, how much the institutions cost within the country, etc.
He said secondly, it depends on the nature of Chaminade’s agreement with the other schools. For example, Chaminade has an agreement with UH where Chamiande students do not have to apply to UH Manoa to be able to join their study abroad program, instead they have a “special” application process. Curtis said, “This impacts their financial aid a little, as only some financial aid can travel with them to the UH program (generally, federal aid and loans, but not internal Chaminade aid).”
Steven Gum, a junior at Chaminade, took the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark in Spring 2010 when he was a sophomore. While in Denmark, he was studying European Business Strategy (Danish Institute Strategy). Gum said, “ I enjoyed my experience in Denmark a lot. Traveling around from country to country and doing whatever I wanted to do was the part I enjoyed the most. Not to mention, learning to live like a poor bachelor. I would recommend other students to study abroad.” He said that the best part of the program was the “hands on experiences and visiting major businesses.”
Another option that Chaminade offers students is the exchange program with the sister schools, Dayton University in Dayton, Ohio and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Washburn also gave some advice on the costs of the exchange programs. Washburn said that Chaminade students that participate in the exchange program pay CUH tuition. The students still receive all of their financial aid but would have to arrange room and board with the host school, but theses agreements are limited.
For more information you can go to the Academic Advising Office in Clarence Ching Hall or go to their website at www.chaminade.edu/advising/study_abroad.php.