Study Abroad and Global Education


Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) is a unique academic opportunity for Scripps College students to extend the critical inquiries begun on campus to a semester of learning in one of more than 40 countries. Studying and living in a new environment helps to develop the global competence and innovative leadership required of today’s college graduates in our increasingly interdependent world.

In order to have the most choice for studying abroad or completing a semester internship program, begin discussions with your Scripps faculty adviser early in your academic career. Your faculty adviser will help you develop a four-year plan to include participation in a semester program.

As you are exploring your options for a major or minor, take advantage of faculty office hours to speak with professors in the departments that interest you. Talk about SAGE programs suitable for that major and the best timing for participation. Plan to attend one of the Information Sessions offered once per week in the first half of each semester. Attendance at one of these mandatory sessions is the first step in the process and will cover the details you need to consider as you investigate programs.

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.

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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.

Obtaining Credit

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.