Education Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad, located in the Center for International Programs (CIP), guides students pursuing an educational experience outside the United States. Whether the student wishes to attend a program through the University of Dayton or through another institution, our education abroad staff assist with the application process and prepares students through a pre-departure orientation. The education abroad staff also offer a re-entry program to students returning to the U.S.

A variety of international education programs are available through the University of Dayton, including: summer, semester and full-year study abroad programs; the Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership (SAIL) program's international service opportunities and work experiences; and intercultural programming.

Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs - Interdisciplinary

Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs, offered through the CIP, are a unique study and travel experience. Students choose from a variety of sites during the months of May, June and July, and spend approximately three to five weeks at each program site. While abroad, students select courses from a variety of disciplines and use on-site resources to guide and enhance their learning experience. Typically, courses are taught by University of Dayton professors. By choosing to study at two different sites for a total of 6-10 weeks, students can earn up to a full semester of credits. Past sites have included Athens, Dublin, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Shanghai.

Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs - Disciplinary

Students may also participate in a Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program to focus on a particular area of study. These programs are offered on a regular basis. Past summer options included programs in business, teacher education, engineering, communication and psychology.

Language majors or minors can develop their spoken and written foreign language skills through summer language immersion programs. Students can improve their foreign language skills while integrating personal experiences and discoveries with material discussed in class lectures. University of Dayton professors design the courses to incorporate contemporary use of the language and explore the culture, government and history of the city and nation in which they are teaching.

Semester/Academic-Year Education Abroad

The University of Dayton has developed partnerships and participates in exchange agreements with several overseas institutions. In addition to University of Dayton tuition, students are responsible for their room and board in the host country, international travel and personal expenses. Most financial aid (including institutional scholarships and grants) applies to exchange programs.

Beginning Fall 2016, students may participate in an innovative program called SAIL (Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership).  SAIL is a year-long education abroad and leadership development program that entails a fall semester abroad at one of four study abroad sites in China, Ireland, Spain or Australia, followed by participation in a semester intercultural leadership program that includes special housing during the subsequent spring semester. The SAIL program is designed to allow students to study abroad for the same cost as a semester on campus. Students pay the same amount for their fall semester abroad as they would a semester at UD (tuition, room and board). Most financial aid packages still apply. In addition, students accepted into the SAIL program are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship to help fund their experience.

Other Opportunities

University of Dayton students can study abroad in many countries through other U.S. colleges and universities, study abroad organizations or overseas universities. Program costs for these programs generally include tuition, room and board in the host country, international travel and personal expenses. Aid for non-University of Dayton sponsored programs is limited. Through these programs, University of Dayton students can study in places such as Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and many other countries.

Service-Learning Abroad

The Center for Social Concern offers opportunities for students to combine service-learning with their education abroad experience. The International Summer Immersion programs introduce students to the country's way of life through job placements, interaction with host families and travel through the country. Past destinations have included India, Cameroon and Guatemala. The Center for Social Concern also coordinates week-long international service programs during the University's winter break.

The ETHOS Center offers various service opportunities in cities within Latin America, Africa, India, China and Bangladesh, as well as domestic placements. Through the ETHOS Center's International Service Learning Placements, students participate in an 8- to 16-week service-learning internship. These internships involve working with NGOs or cottage industries doing engineering- and/or business-related work. The program is operated through the School of Engineering and open to both engineering and business majors. Students from other majors may participate by permission. 

Other service learning opportunities are available on an annual basis and students are encouraged to visit the Center for International Programs for more information.

Release Agreement and Travel Registration

All students participating in a university-sponsored international program must complete the Release and Agreement Form which releases the University from liability for claims including, but not limited to, injury, delay and damage while abroad. As part of this agreement, the student agrees to abide by the University's standards of behavior while in the host country or countries. Students are also required to complete the Student Health Information and Emergency Treatment Authorization Form which requests medical information and the Behavioral Contract which outlines the institution's expectations for behavior while abroad. Depending on the program, students may need to complete the Authorization Form in order to transfer academic credit earned as part of a study abroad program to the University of Dayton.

Additionally, all University of Dayton faculty and staff traveling abroad for research or other business-related trips are required to complete the online Travel Registry prior to their departure. The University-wide travel registry allows the University to remain in close contact with faculty and staff should they need assistance while abroad. Students participating on a university-sponsored international program are automatically registered with the University when they have completed an online application with the Office of Education Abroad.  Additionally, all students participating in an individual exchange or non-University-sponsored program are required to register with the U.S. State Department.

International SOS

The University of Dayton has contracted with International SOS (SOS) to provide worldwide medical, travel and security assistance and evacuation services for all faculty, staff and students participating in university-related international travel. Services include up-to-date reports on safety and security, health issues, medical referrals and vaccination requirements for individual countries. SOS offers UD travelers and their dependents travel, medical and security advice and services and protects against a variety of difficulties that could arise while abroad; however, the SOS is not a health insurance provider. The University of Dayton continues to require all students studying abroad, or faculty and staff traveling abroad on business, to maintain adequate health insurance coverage while overseas and expects students, faculty and staff to ensure that their policies cover them, and any specific personal issues, while abroad.

Travel Warnings and Restrictions

The University of Dayton's Center for International Programs (CIP) will monitor travel information issued by the U.S. State Department (DOS), U.S. Treasury Department (DOT), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and International SOS (SOS). This information is also accessible to all travelers at the following web sites:

For University-sponsored, facilitated or organized instructional programs, including faculty-led instruction, service learning and other sponsored coursework/research, in countries or specific areas within countries for which the DOS has issued a specific Travel Warning [1], or DOT has issues OFAC Sanctions [2], or the CDC has issued a Travel Health Warning[3] or International SOS has declared travel as “high risk”:

  • The University reserves the right to suspend all programs.
  • The University will review, on a case-by-case basis, requests for waivers from the program director or administrator (see waiver requests below).
  • If a warning is issued after the program is underway, the University's International Risk Assessment Team (IRAT) will review each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate course of action (see International Risk Assessment Team below).
  • Refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may depend on specific service-provider refund policies.

For individual travel by students, faculty and staff who have University support [4] to pursue research, study or other University-related business in countries or specific areas within countries for which the DOS has issued a specific Travel Warning, or DOT has issues OFAC Sanctions, the CDC has issued a Travel Health Warning or SOS has deemed “high risk” travel:

  • The University will not provide financial or academic support for undergraduates.
  • The University will not provide support for faculty, staff or graduate/professional students for a country where a mandatory evacuation has been issued.
  • The University will review on a case-by-case basis requests for waivers (see waiver requests below).
  • If a warning is issued after the program is underway, the University will review each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate course of action. The University reserves the right to seek reimbursement for funds expended or to terminate remaining funding.
  • Should a traveler have concerns and decide to return home based on lower-level travel warnings, the University will not require the traveler to reimburse expenses already incurred.

Despite the DOS, DOT, CDC and/or SOS travel warnings and the University of Dayton's practice to adhere to those, individual faculty, staff or students may request permission to continue with their international travel plans by requesting a waiver. Requests for a waiver will be considered under limited circumstances. Waiver requests should be submitted to the Center for International Programs as soon as a high risk travel situation becomes known and include the following:

  • A Description of the learning, service and/or research objectives of the trip.
  • The importance of the program to the educational, research, service or professional development of the group or individual.
  • The political and physical conditions at the proposed site that could impact health and safety.
  • The level of risk to the individual or group health and safety, including the traveler(s) knowledge of the area and conditions.
  • A description of travel conditions within the country and an evacuation plan should it become necessary.
  • A signed high risk travel waiver/release for each traveler.

For University-sponsored, facilitated or organized instructional programs, including faculty-led instruction, service learning and other sponsored coursework/research, the faculty or staff responsible for the program should submit the waiver request.  If the University approves the request, each traveler will be required to submit a signed high risk travel waiver/release to the Center for International Programs.

In addition to a review of the warning in questions and the required waiver, the University's CIP will seek to obtain information regarding the actions of U.S. companies and organizations in country (e.g. are families of employees being asked to leave). The CIP will also consult with relevant country experts at SOS or other relevant organizations in country to obtain additional information and advice on the situation.

International Risk Assessment Team (IRAT) members will have the opportunity to review the waiver application along with the additional information collected by the CIP and provide input. An IRAT waiver review subcommittee will make the final decision regarding travel waivers. There is no appeal process for waivers that are denied.

Regardless of the travel waiver approval, students, faculty and staff traveling for educational or University-related business may always contact International SOS for travel assistance.

U.S. Department of Treasury/OFAC Compliance and the University of Dayton's Insurance Carriers

The Center for International Programs will send the following information to the Chair of the UD Insurance Review Committee who will seek a response from the insurance provider:

  • Name(s) of traveler per trip to each country
  • Defined secured evacuation plans
  • Preferred travel/logistical arrangements
  • Trip purpose to travel in these countries
  • Signed high risk travel waiver/release

The decision will be communicated to the travelers.
Responding to Situations Abroad

The University of Dayton has a response plan for any adverse situation that comes up while students, faculty or staff are overseas for educational purposes. The Office of Education Abroad leads the response and coordinates with International SOS as well as the University’s C.A.R.E. Team.

International Risk Assessment Team

The International Risk Assessment Team (IRAT) reviews and makes recommendations on all travel waiver applications and makes recommendations for enhancements or changes to travel guidelines to the international steering body of the University.

The IRAT is composed of representatives of relevant offices and units across campus:

  • Education Abroad
  • Legal Affairs
  • Provost's Office
  • Public Relations
  • Public Safety
  • Safety/Risk Management
  • Student Development
  • Temporary members may be added to address case-specific situation (e.g. representatives from program, faculty with expertise).

Each office/unit will appoint its representative on the team.

The CIP will be responsible for gathering as much information as possible to present to the IRAT for individual cases and situations.


[1] Travel Warning issued when the U.S. State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country.
[2] Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Sanctions prohibit trade, financial transactions and other dealings with specific countries.
[3] Travel Health Warning is a recommendation issued against nonessential travel to an area because a disease of public health concern is expanding beyond the locales or populations that were affected initially. The purpose of a travel warning it to reduce the volume of traffic to affected areas, limiting the risk for spreading the disease to unaffected areas.
[4] Support includes, but is not limited to, funding, transfer credit, travel arrangements, etc.