Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between global engagement experience and study abroad?
Global engagement involves any activity that has a global element and can be on campus or around the world. Study abroad is just one of many global engagement opportunities in which you may choose to participate. Study abroad involves traveling to another country with Baylor faculty and a group of Baylor students or with one of our partners to take classes and expand your global perspective.
2. When is the best time for a Business student to study abroad?
The summer between the sophomore and junior year is an ideal time for summer study abroad. You can also go between your freshman and sophomore year if you have completed 30 hours at Baylor before you the program begins. Between your junior and senior year a business internship is recommended if possible. If you choose not to intern, you are welcome to do study abroad. And don't forget you can always do more than one! Semester programs fit best the second half of your sophomore year or the beginning of your junior year. Winter programs work great in Sophomore, Junior or Senior year.
3. When should I start planning my global engagement experience?
NOW! It is never too early to make a global plan. We recommend you do it by the end of your freshman year. Talk to your advisor about how it fits in to your degree plan! Please reach out to the McBride Center for International Business (McBride_Center@baylor.edu) or the Center for Global Engagement for help deciding what program is best for you.
4. Will doing a business study abroad stop me from graduating on time?
A vast majority of the courses offered on business study abroad are core classes and high demand electives. Plan early to work it in to your degree so you don't take the course on campus. According to a recent study, people that studied abroad were 6% more likely to graduate in 4 years and with a higher GPA.
5. What is the difference between semester, summer and winter business study abroad programs?
A summer program is 4-5 weeks and offered in either summer 1 or summer 2 usually involving 6 credit hours. It is a better fit if you are unable to be abroad for an entire semester but would like a global experience. A semester program is usually 3-4 months and involves 12 credit hours. It is a better approach financially because the price per day is much lower and you get a longer stay. A winter program is 2-3 weeks and offered between Christmas and the start of the term in January. It usually involved 3 credit hours. A winter program is better if you want a global experience and January is the best time for you to travel. Visit our Worldwide Discovery page to learn more.
6. How many credit hours can I receive abroad?
The length of the program determines the number of credit hours that can be earned. For most programs summer offers 6 hours of credit, semester offers 12 hours, and winter offers 3 hours.
7. Can I do an international internship in conjunction with a business study abroad?
Yes, some of our semester programs include an internship component with the program. For example, the new Spring Semester program in London offers 9 credit hours and 3 internship hours. Our exchange partners also offer opportunities for international internships. Please remember that due international laws these internships are unpaid.
8. How does study abroad fit in the BBA plan?
Most of the courses offered abroad are required core courses for the BBA degree. Pick a program that is interesting to you and see where it fits. PLAN EARLY. You don't want to wait until you have taken all your required classes to try to study abroad.
9. I have not been admitted to the business school yet (I am pre-business) can I still go abroad?
Absolutely. When you have completed 30 hours at Baylor, you can get pre-qualified.
10. What if I don't speak another language?
The study abroad experiences with Baylor faculty offer all their courses in English and company visits are conducted in English. Also, the program locations are very receptive to English speaking visitors.
11. What types of global engagement opportunities are offered in the Business school?
We offer a wide range of business global engagement experiences. Visit the Worldwide Discovery page for more details. We offer study abroad, international internships, missions, and more.
12. Are there scholarships available?
Yes! Please see the Scholarships & Financial Aid website for the Center for Global Engagement to learn more about the options available to you! Please note most scholarships are need based.
13. Can I use my existing financial aid to study abroad?
Yes! Students enrolled in a Baylor study abroad are eligible to use their financial aid. Your can choose a semester abroad experience, or if you are going to graduate early, you could apply one semester of financial aid to a summer study abroad for one term and on campus courses for another term. Please consult financial aid counselor to determine how your aid may apply. You can contact Financial Aid at baylor.edu/sfs/contactus.
14. How can I get a Global Engagement Certificate in Business?
The primary thing you need for this certificate is a global engagement experience (i.e. study abroad, business mission, international internship). You also need to take three courses (some of which you likely have) and participate in co-curricular activities such as intercultural events and activities. Please check out our website for Worldwide Scholarship or visit the University's website for the certificate.
15. What if I have more questions?
If you have questions about business study abroad please contact us by e-mail at McBride_Center@baylor.edu or come by our offices on the 2nd floor of the Foster Campus. If you have more general questions about study abroad please contact the Center for Global Engagement at Baylor.