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FAQ for Advisors

What is the GO Mission Statement and Learning Goals? 
Mission: The GO Program guides Susquehanna students, faculty, and staff in cross-cultural experiences that academically engage them in our diverse and interconnected world.  

GO Learning Goals: Our Global Opportunities (GO) Program is a central curriculum requirement unique to Susquehanna. Introduced in fall 2009, it grew out of the faculty's desire to challenge students in their understanding of and engagement with cultural difference.

Students complete a cross-cultural experience that contains preparatory, experiential, and reflective components that enables them to:
  1. Demonstrate a complex understanding of culture including the ability to develop a working definition of culture
    1. Articulate awareness of differences and similarities between their culture of origin and the one in which they are immersed.
    2. Define and recognize ethnocentrism and ethnocentric assumptions.
    3. Demonstrate critical awareness of their own cultural values and identity.
  2. Recognize how their attitudes, behaviors, and choices affect the quality of their cross cultural experiences.
  3. Reflect on their personal growth, social responsibility, and the value of active participation in human society.
GO emphasizes the learning that takes place on campus before and after the cross-cultural experience. 

Who needs to GO?
All students must complete the GO requirement. GO is comprised of three parts and students must complete all three. This includes the Prep-to-GO course (semester prior to departure), Cross-Cultural Experience (time in another culture) and Global Citizenship/Reflection course (semester after return). Students must have their GO experience approved by the GO Office in order to be registered for the Prep-to-GO course, the first step in GO.
When do students apply for GO? 
Applications are on
  • GO Long - next academic year (Fall and Spring): October 15 - November 15
  • GO Short - summer break: October 15 - November 15
  • GO Short - winter break: March 15 - April 15
  • GO Your Way - summer break: October 15 - February 15
  • GO Your Way - winter break: March 15 - September 15
When can students study away?
Typically students will complete GO during their junior year.

Technically, students are eligible for GO as second-semester sophomores. Transfer students can study away after their first semester. Students can complete GO as late as their penultimate semester for GO Long or the break between the penultimate and last semester for GO Short/GO Your Way. 

Where can students study away?
There are about 30 GO Short programs which occur during the summer and winter breaks. For semester options, we have over 10 SU-in GO Long programs that are strategic university partnerships in addition to over 80 other approved programs. GO Your Way is during summer and winter breaks and can be a summer/winter program provider (taking classes abroad, volunteer programs, etc.) or a student-designed short-term program.
What should students consider when selecting a program?
Goals - academic and personal. Classes. Cost. Language. Location. Length.
Will credits transfer from away back to Susquehanna?
Yes!  Study away credit is transferable with department approval. Students must complete a course approval form and have it signed by the academic advisor. The department chair and the college and this determines how the courses will transfer. The GO Office, student and Registrar’s Office work together for this process.

GO Long/GO Your Way - Can students take major, minor, honors and/or central curriculum courses away?
Yes, students can take major, minor, and central curriculum courses away. Previously transferred credits are included in the “past SU majors/minors” advanced search parameter.
GO Long/GO Your Way - How does study away affect GPA?
While the credits will transfer, grades do not for most GO Long programs (as long as the student passes the course).Grades do not transfer back for GO Long programs except for the SWSB London and SU-in Washington programs. The student must receive at least a C- in order for the credits to transfer.

If a student is planning to attend graduate programs, most graduate programs will factor in the grades obtained while away as part of the overall GPA.

What are the GPA requirements to study away?
Most GO Long programs require a 2.5, but some require a 3.0 GPA.

GO Short programs require students to have a 2.0, one exception is Spanish Language and Culture which also requires a 3.0 Spanish GPA.

Susquehanna does not have a GPA requirement for GO Your Way, however programs with a University or Program Provider require the GPA of the university/provider. 

Can students use financial aid or scholarships while studying away?
Students receive the same aid package (grants/scholarships) as at Susquehanna for GO Long programs.

GO Short students may be eligible for a GO Grant that could cover a percentage of the program cost. GO Your Way students may also be eligible for the GO Grant for programs of a comparable cost to GO Short. 

Additional scholarships can be found on the scholarships section of our website.

How can advisors help?
Talk to your advisees early, especially freshman and sophomores, about studying away, so that students have time to plan and fit study away into their plan of study. A great question is “When are you planning to study away?”

What are the next steps?
Students should review all the resources on our website and sign up for an advising session online.