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SUNY Plattsburgh offers a wide variety of options for students who want to study abroad. In addition to the programs that we administer from our office, students have access to all study abroad programs at all SUNY schools in the system. Combined, there are 500+ programs to choose from at locations that span the globe. Students do not have to know a foreign language to study in a country where English is not widely spoken. Students can study on a short-term program during school break, or attend a winter or summer session abroad if they are unable to commit to a full semester or year away from their home campus.
If you are an advisor, then you will have students ask you about studying abroad. The most important piece of advice that you can give them is to plan early! Next, make sure that you stress all of the programs SUNY offers. Our students are not limited to participating in programs run by SUNY Plattsburgh. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the complete list of SUNY study abroad programs. Please encourage all students who express interest to visit the Office of Study Abroad and Exchanges for advising. We will help them narrow down programs that fit their needs and interest, and will explain the nuts and bolts of registration, financial aid, and costs.
If you are an advisor and/or department chair, you will evaluate courses students want to take while they abroad. Prior to departure, students must submit a Permission for Off-Campus Study Form. We tell students to review course descriptions at their host institution, select several possible options for each course they want to take, and bring those with them to you. We suggest they ask for pre-approval of eight courses in case they can't get into a course or need to make other changes after they arrive. Once you indicate which requirements each course will fulfill, your department chair must review your assessment and sign for final approval.
Financial Aid must review and sign the Permission for Off-Campus Study Form. We tell our students to take the form to your office along with the Study Abroad Budget sheet specific to the program they want to attend. This document comes from the Office of Study Abroad and Exchanges and summarizes major costs for study abroad programs. Budget sheets are available online and are specific to each program and term.
Several faculty and staff members lead groups of students abroad for short periods of time each year. Leading such a program requires extra work and assumes some liability; however, the faculty and staff who have led these programs find them very rewarding. There's no "cookie cutter" to help you design a program, but there are some general procedures to follow. Cody McCabe, Associate Director of International Enrollment Services, is your first point of contact to inquire about proposing a short-term study abroad program.
Are you ready to take the first step toward leading a short-term study abroad program?
We have all of our program information available online. We welcome you to stop by or call the office of Study Abroad and Exchanges at (518) 564-2321 if you would like more information. We also like to conduct brief information sessions during classes at the beginning of each semester. Contact our office if you would like us to schedule a brief presentation for one of your classes. We also do study abroad presentations for faculty and staff meetings, which many departments and offices find very helpful!
If you would like more information about the study abroad and exchanges program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact or visit
Study Abroad and Exchanges
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-2321
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-2326
Location: We are on the ground floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.