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GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Is a LIU Global degree program accredited?

LIU Global is a discrete educational entity of LIU, with its own course content, faculty, staff, graduation requirements and internal governance procedures. LIU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education Accreditation. The degree and certificate programs also are approved and registered by the New York State Department of Education.

2. What are the degrees of your faculty?

Many professors are local and international scholars, or Americans living abroad who have a broad experience in experiential education. Most LIU Global faculty have their Ph.D. or other terminal degree and are specialists in their particular field of study. The professors also serve as academic advisors at each center as well.

3. At which center can I begin my studies?

First-year students begin their studies in our Foundation Year Program at the Costa Rica Center in Heredia.

For transfer students: If you have between 24-64 college credits, it may be possible to begin your studies at the LIU Global Centers and Programs Costa Rica, China, or Australia as well as take part in the traveling Comparative Religion and Culture Program which travels to India, Thailand and Taiwan. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor to discuss their specific options. All transfer students are required to earn at least 64 credits at LIU Global to be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies Degree.

4. Can I visit in person to hear more about options in LIU Global?

You may schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your visit will consist of a conversation with admission staff and possibly a recent alumni, current student and/or faculty member. While most of our students and faculty members are abroad, it might be possible to meet with someone who is visiting our World Headquarters. You may also view a student's Portfolio of Learning. Please note: Visiting the Campus is not required for admission to LIU Global.

5. Is there an application deadline?

LIU Global enjoys a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications for the spring (January) and fall (September) semesters. Applicants wishing to apply to LIU Global are responsible for submitting a completed application and ensuring that all supplemental materials are received by the Office of Admissions.

6. What do I need to submit in order to complete my application?

We require your application, application fee ($40 check or money order for hard copy applications only), essay, official transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation; one must be from a professor, teacher or counselor that knows you well. We do not require SAT or ACT scores however, you may still submit them as part of your application.


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ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND LIFESTYLE ISSUES

1. Do you accept transfer credits? Do I have to start in the first-year program if I transfer?

It is possible to transfer into LIU Global as a freshman, sophomore or junior. Like most universities in the United States, LIU Global requires students earn their final 64 college credits to be eligible for a degree. LIU Global accepts up to 64 transfer credits with a grade of "C" or better. If you have more than 24 transferrable college credits, it is possible to begin your study at other LIU Global centers and programs in addition to the Costa Rica program. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with a counselor for specific information. Transfer students must complete a transfer application and submit official transcripts as well as two letters of recommendation.

2. Will you accept a GED? What is the minimum acceptable score?

Individuals who have earned a GED are eligible to apply for admission to LIU Global. The acceptable score for entry into LIU Global is 250. You may be eligible for scholarships with a GED if your scores are high enough to meet our criteria.

3. How long can I stay overseas?

Freshmen attend the Costa Rica center for the foundation year. Sophomores and Juniors have the ability to spend a semester and/or year at the LIU Global Centers and Programs in Costa Rica, China, or Australia as well as take as part in the traveling Comparative Religion and Culture Program which travels to India, Thailand and Taiwan. Students are encouraged to speak with their advisor to discuss their specific options. The final year of the program begins with an independently designed research project in a location of the student's choice and culminates in a semester in New York City, where students complete a series of capstone experiences and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies.

4. Can I earn life experience credits? How do I do that?

Life experience credits can be earned for post high school experiences. Once you matriculate as a LIU Global student you can discuss the possibility of this credit with a faculty advisor. Naturally, you will want to keep very good records of the experiences you have that might result in life experience credits.

5. Do I have to know a foreign language before I enroll?

No. You can begin your language studies once you are admitted into the program. If you already know a foreign language, you will be evaluated and placed in a language course according to your skill.

6. I have a learning disability. Can you accommodate me?

Yes. Applicants should discuss their needs with the Admissions Office in order to determine whether specific accommodations can be made. LIU Global students do extensive reading and writing but test taking is not a major part of the requirements of LIU Global coursework. However, testing or evaluation may be a component of language courses. This can be a relief to some students with disabilities. Due to the dialogic nature of the program, combined with advising, students find our approach helpful in applying themselves to their studies.

7. What is the typical enrollment ratio of males and females?

There are more females than males in the program, approximately 65% female.

8. Is LIU Global's student population diverse?

While most of our students are from the United States, there are some students in the program from other countries. Combined they have had a wide array of educational experiences and bring a broad spectrum of insights and ideas to LIU Global's learning communities.

9. What is the average age of a first-year student?

While many LIU Global students come directly from high school, it is not unusual for students to begin their studies with LIU Global in their twenties. Some students participate in service/training programs such as AmeriCorps (where they can earn scholarship money for college), travel, earn money for college or take college courses elsewhere prior to enrolling in LIU Global.

10. How long does it typically take for a student to graduate?

While there are students who complete their degree in four years, other students approach their studies in different ways. Some accelerate their program and complete their degree in less than four years, while others may take longer.

11. Are all of the centers run by Americans?

No. In the case of most centers, academic and administrative personnel in the different centers are generally native to the country where the center is located. However, they all are employees of LIU Global.

12. Can I work overseas when I am enrolled in LIU Global?

When overseas, working is not possible. Like the U.S., most countries protect their labor market by restricting employment to local citizens or to foreigners only by permission. However, paid leadership positions are available at the centers.

13. Can I take courses during the summer? Can I take courses during the summer in other schools?

LIU Global does not offer LIU Global coursework for its matriculated students in the summer but you can arrange to take courses either through Long Island University or other colleges/universities. Whatever you choose to do, you will have the guidance of your advisor, so you are informed of the correct process to follow.


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FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER MONEY QUESTIONS

1. Do you award scholarships?

LIU Global offers Merit-based scholarships and a Dean's Lead-Serve Scholarship to students who possess superior academic qualifications, strong record of community service, demonstrated leadership skills and international experience/exposure. These merit scholarships range from $1,000 to $18,000 per year in renewable aid. LIU Global students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are considered for all federal and state, need-based financial aid programs such as grants, work-study and loans as well as the merit scholarships above.

2. What is the maximum amount I can receive in merit scholarships once I am accepted into the program?

Merit scholarships are determined during the application process before students enter the program. Students may apply for the Dean's Lead-Serve scholarship (if they were not awarded one at the time of admission) in the spring of each year. LIU Global students may also apply for the Global Ambassador scholarship during the spring of every year. The maximum award a student may receive is $18,000 per year.

3. What kind of financial assistance can I receive if I am not a U.S. citizen?

LIU Global offers merit scholarships to Permanent Residents of the U.S. (Green Card holders), who possess superior academic qualifications and have a strong record of community service. International students are not eligible for merit scholarships or U.S. federal or state, need-based funds. Additional external scholarships for all students may be found on our “scholarship resources page”.

4. How much does this program cost? How do the costs change when studying abroad?

Please refer to the current “estimated cost sheet” as tuition, fees and other expenses can change from year to year. The cost sheet is updated yearly. Tuition and fees are the same for all centers and programs however; room and board, personal expenses, field travel, international travel and books vary. Check with the Admissions Office for current figures.

5. Will the costs change from year to year?

It is always possible that there will be a change in tuition and fees, usually in the summer, prior to the beginning of the new semester. The estimated cost sheet is prepared using the vital information collected by centers. If those estimates reflect a significant change, we will pass that information on to students and their families. It also is possible that the currency in another country can fluctuate without warning and that may affect cost as well.

6. How do you help me pay for this program?

Remember to file a timely Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be accessed from the Internet (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Though the information on the FAFSA does not affect the amount of merit scholarship you will be awarded, a FAFSA must be filed in order to be eligible to receive merit scholarships. No aid will be awarded if the FAFSA is not submitted. PLEASE NOTE: that the FAFSA must be submitted for processing after January 1 preceding the academic year you plan to enroll. For example, after January 1, 2014 for enrollment in September 2014 or January 2015. All continuing LIU Global students must also file their FAFSA every year to be considered for aid and the FAFSA must be filed by March 15th of each year to receive the maximum aid package.

7. What is the best way to access money?

The best way to access money is using an International ATM Debit/Credit Card. Refer to the vital information contained in specific center handbooks for more information.

8. How does money work in the centers abroad? How do I pay for things?

Students are required to bring money for their personal, field travel and book expenses. The university bill for tuition and fees will also reflect charges for room and board. At some centers/programs students are given back their room and board money in the form of stipend checks. These checks are sent to the centers during the semester. Students should arrive in their country of choice with enough money to cover the first rental charges in the event the stipend checks do not arrive on time. In some countries, hosts or dorms are paid directly. (Refer to center handbook.)


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SAFETY

1. What do you do about safety? What if I'm far away from the center? How do we stay in touch?

Safety is our number one priority. We do not hesitate to shift field trips, to move students or change programs, if we feel that the students are in a dangerous situation. In making these decisions, we follow the U.S. State Department travel warnings which are posted on the State Department website: travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html.

When students arrive at a center, their orientation includes important health and safety information provided by center directors. Students are required to adhere to these instructions and protocols. Overseas students in field studies stay in touch through e-mail, phone calls, Skype and mail. All students are required to fill out a form listing emergency contacts prior to departure. In addition to these documents we also keep a copy of your passport on file and register you with the U.S. Embassy in the country of study. Students must keep their Medical Clearance and Emergency Contact Forms with them at all times while traveling. Refer to the appropriate center handbook for additional country specific information.

2. What does a center director do in case of medical emergency?

All center directors have identified medical resources and facilities in the center's region. An administrator at each center/program is on call in case of emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students must carry their important medical papers with them in order to facilitate medical attention when needed. Center directors and the New York Center also retain copies of Medical Clearance and Emergency Contact Forms.

3. Does the center director know where the students are at all times?

Students are expected to keep the center informed of their whereabouts during the semester.

4. When students are interning in other regional areas do they travel alone? Will other students be nearby?

Students may choose, with their advisor's approval, to go to other regions of a particular country. Internship arrangements are made in accordance with center requirements and the student's Learning Plan. These arrangements include safety precautions. However, students can elect to stay near the center and continue their work. Students often plan to live together in other regions where they are conducting their studies and research.

5. What happens if I need to go home?

A student's first point of contact is their academic advisor and center director. LIU Global headquarters in New York will work with the center director to ensure that arrangements and details are handled efficiently.


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THE OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE

1. Will someone meet me when I arrive in another country?

At some centers, students are required to inform the center staff of their arrival plans so that arrangements can be made to pick them up at the airport. In other centers, students are given specific instructions to follow for finding their way to a center.

2. How are my special eating habits (vegetarian, vegan) or food allergies accommodated abroad?

Students need to take their dietary restrictions into consideration when planning their studies. It is always a good idea to check with other students who have studied at regional centers to get an idea of how they maintained their special diets abroad. The Admissions staff will help you secure this information. Students living in homestays can indicate their preferences when arrangements are being made.

3. When I live overseas, will you find housing for me? Where will I live overseas?

First Year Program students will have their housing arranged for them in Costa Rica (homestays). Students studying at the China Center live in international dorms located on Zhejiang University while students in Australia live in house shares. At other centers and programs, registered students stay in temporary housing and are given housing information about choices in the vicinity for a more permanent arrangement for the semester. In the case of the Comparative Religion and Culture Program (CRC), student accommodations will change over the academic semester/year. Each center/program has local resources that may include residential hotels, hostels, religious facilities, house shares or apartments. Students network with others and draw on previous practices. They are always very resourceful in finding places to live.

4. How can my parents contact me when I am abroad?

Once a student is enrolled at a center, they receive a handbook which contains vital information with regard to phone numbers, emergency contacts, addresses, and e-mail communications. Make sure you give a copy of this information to your parents before you leave for that center. You must also travel with a copy of this handbook as well. Communication with parents is quite easy with access to Skype, email and social networking sites.


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CAREER PLANNING

1. What kind of a job can I get with the degree I am working toward?

You will receive a B.A. in Global Studies from LIU Global. This is comparable to any liberal arts degree that can be applied to many different areas of employment. LIU Global students often choose to go on for an advanced degree or to enter directly into many fields of employment. They are teachers, social workers, journalists, psychologists, lawyers, alternative health care practitioners and artists. Many have chosen to work in the field of international relations or politics. Many have started their own businesses. Students have gone to graduate school, law school and some have gone to medical school.

2. Can I get into graduate school with a degree from LIU Global?

By all means, consider graduate school. Fifty percent of LIU Global graduates continue on to graduate school directly after graduation.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at schools like Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley, the School for International Training and other top-notch schools. Alumni have received the Pew Award, MacArthur Grants, Marshall Scholarships, the Truman Award and Fulbright Fellowships.

3. Does LIU Global assist with job placement?

Yes! During the Capstone Semester students complete an internship in their field of interest for at least 10 hours per week giving the student professional references and real-life work experience. Students continue to be offered positions based on their internship performance. In addition, workshops featuring resume writing, cover letter presentation, mock interviews and interviewing skills as well as job search counseling are provided through advising and the Career Services Office of Long Island University. Seminar sessions on Intercultural Communication and general Intercultural Competencies help students progress further in this area of expertise. Both workshops and seminars are required for graduation. LIU Global students all graduate with a Co-Curricular Transcript which allows students a means of listing all hands-on experience including Global & Intercultural Skills; Work Experience, Internships & Service; Communications Skills, and Leadership & Teamwork opportunities that they have completed while enrolled. This distinguishes the experiential curriculum from traditional programs at other post-secondary institutions and also may be presented to potential employers, graduate school admissions committees and review boards of granting agencies.


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