Enabling our students to study abroad on programs operated by third-party providers currently comes at a significant financial cost. Trinity will review its financial aid guidelines for students participating in third-party study abroad programs. Our policies must be financially sustainable without reducing the number of participating students. In addition, we will support students who elect to study on a vendor-operated program by providing required pre-departure planning, social and academic support while away from campus, and post-trip assistance to facilitate the student’s successful reentry into campus life.
In an effort to ensure that no student will be denied an opportunity to study abroad due to the lack of financial means, in the fall of 2016, President Anderson announced that Trinity adopted a “home school tuition model.” This policy model allows students to use all forms of their financial aid to participate in one of more than 150 recognized semester or year-long study abroad programs. The change enabled Trinity to reallocate funds and award grants to students with demonstrated financial need to participate in one of Trinity’s many faculty-led study abroad programs. In this first year of implementation, this policy has already created additional resources to support students from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds; the Center for International Engagement awarded $92,000 in need-based scholarship aid to fifteen students who were able to study abroad in the summer of 2017.
The Center for International Engagement (CIE) projects that during the most recent academic year, 259 undergraduates studied abroad, of which, 152 students (59%) participated in a program led by members of the Trinity faculty. In contrast, over the last five years, an average of 79 students participated in faculty-led programs. Since the adoption of the policy, Trinity has doubled the number of participating students.
In the summer of 2017, eighteen Trinity faculty members traveled with students to eleven different programs locations, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Germany. While abroad, students took classes in a variety of academic programs, including, Biology, Business, Economics, Engineering Science, Geology, Political Science, Religion, and Spanish. While abroad, students participated in international internships, conducted field work and other forms of research, and performed choir music.