Why participate in SAGE?
Scripps College offers an engaging and academically challenging environment to pursue a college education, why study anywhere else? Because study abroad or a semester internship program can be an essential part of a Scripps liberal arts education. The Core Curriculum equips students to think critically, to question assumptions, and to tolerate ambiguity; participation on a SAGE program puts those skills to use.
The rewards of studying abroad include:
- Engaging with people of another culture as a member of the local community, not as a tourist;
- Exploring academic interests from a different perspective;
- Enhancing language skills to a proficient level, or taking the challenge to learn a new language;
- Investigating career options through an internship;
- Preparing for senior thesis by honing research skills with an independent study project; and more.
When can I participate?
Most students study away for one semester (either fall or spring) during their junior year; in fact, more than half of the Scripps junior class participates in a SAGE experience every year. Students may also petition to participate during the second semester of the sophomore year, after Core and Writing 50 requirements are completed, or as a first-semester senior if the major allows.
Deciding between fall and spring semester is an important consideration when choosing a program. The U.S. schedule of
classes from September-May with a winter break between semesters is not the norm in many areas of the world; students are advised to check program dates as they research program details. Some programs may start in mid July, or end in late June and that can impact summer plans.
Students remain enrolled as full-time students at Scripps College and pay the comprehensive fees for tuition, room and board while participating in semester study away programs in order to receive credit toward graduation for their studies. The required course load while participating is 15 to 16 semester units, to equal 3.75 or 4.0 courses at Scripps. It is not the number of classes but the amount of credit awarded that determines the appropriate course load on a SAGE program.
All grades earned on the study away program will be calculated into the Scripps cumulative GPA. Courses taken while participating can fulfill certain general education requirements, can be applied to a major or a minor with approval from the department, or can be counted as elective credit towards graduation if they are taken for a letter grade.