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Satisfactory Academic Progress

The headway toward a degree or certificate from a student’s home institution, determined by that school’s standards, that a student must meet and maintain at certain points throughout his/ her educational career in order to be eligible to receive federal student financial aid. Any institution wishing to establish or maintain eligibility to administer federal financial aid programs is required to meet applicable government requirements in this area.


A financial award to a student who applies for the funds through a competitive process. These awards generally do not need to be repaid. The evaluation of applicants for such awards can be based on a variety of criteria, such as academic or creative works the student is asked to produce, academic record, and/or financial need.

School of Record

an accredited institution of higher learning that documents and awards credit for programs or institutions that are not accredited


Lasting roughly the length of a term on a U.S. semester calendar (generally about 12 to 17 weeks).

Service Learning

A form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes.


A form of [glossary]experiential education[/glossary] in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired [glossary]learning outcomes[/glossary] (as defined in: Jacoby, B. (2015). Service-learning essentials: Questions, answers and lessons learned. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.)


Lasting eight weeks or less; may include summer, January, or other terms of eight weeks or less.

Site Review

An evaluation of an overseas program that is at least partially conducted on site. Site reviews may be comprehensive or may focus on one or several specific issues. They may be conducted by the program sponsor; by an outside individual, group, or organization; or by an affiliate or potential affiliate.

Site Visit

A trip by U.S.-based study abroad professionals or home campus faculty to an overseas program site where one has a relationship or might have a relationship in the future. Goals that drive site visits include meeting with colleagues and/or gathering information for program development, to evaluate the program, to learn more about the program, or for other needs.


A monthly or bi-monthly payment to a student. These funds are usually used to help with living expenses.


individual learner in an education abroad program (3.40)

Student Affairs

administrative sector or category of student support services that focuses on supporting student growth and development outside of the classroom

Student Aid Report

(or SAR) – A report that summarizes the information that a student has submitted on his/her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provides the student with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Student Exchange

A reciprocal agreement whose participants are students. Subtypes are Bilateral Exchanges and Multilateral Exchanges. Exchanges often involve some system of “banking” tuition (and sometimes other fees) collected from outgoing students for use by incoming students. The term student exchange is sometimes used erroneously as a synonym for study abroad.

Student Learning and Development

growth that is an intended outcome

  • Note 1 to entry: Student learning and development refers to the changes that result when students are exposed to new experiences, concepts, information, and ideas. The knowledge, understanding, and personal growth are generated, in this context, from interactions with higher education learning environments.
  • Note 2 to entry: Adapted from the Council for the Advancement of Standards, Glossary of Terms. [7]

Study Abroad

(synonymous with, and preferred to, Overseas Study or Foreign Study) – A subtype of Education Abroad that results in progress toward an academic degree at a student’s home institution. (Or may also be defined as a subtype of Off-Campus Study that takes place outside the country where the student’s home institution is located.) This meaning, which has become standard among international educators in the U.S., excludes the pursuit of a full academic degree at a foreign institution. (In many other countries the term study abroad refers to, or at least includes, such study.)

Study Abroad Center

An education abroad model in which the predominant study format consists of classroom-based courses designed for non-host country students. Centers may be operated independently, be special units within a host country university, or be sponsored by a college or university in another country or by a study abroad provider organization. Many study abroad centers have permanent staff and facilities.

Study Abroad Program

1.)  An education abroad enrollment option designated to result in academic credit.  Several study abroad programs may be housed at the same location or center.  Simultaneously, an educational institution or an independent program provider may offer distinct programs at a location.  2.)  The administrative unit at an institution that oversees study abroad options for its students.  Separate options at separate locations are considered programs.  When two or more options are offered at the same location, they are distinct programs if a) their sponsor(s) give them different names, and b) they meet either of two additional criteria:  either they have different sponsors and application procedures for admission (for example, Program Provider 1 at the University of New York and Program Provider 2 at the University of York are distinct programs even though their students may have access to the same classes; or they have the same sponsor but separate application pools and completely separate student bodies and courses (for example, Provider 1 Brussels Language and Culture and the Provider 1 European Union may be distinct programs because students must apply to one or the other and, once admitted, never are in the same classroom together).

Study Away

Study that takes students entirely away from the home campus for a period of time, whether to a destination within or outside the U.S. The term tends to be used most often at campuses where the same office is responsible for both study abroad and domestic off-campus study. Roughly a synonym for Off-Campus Study.


Sustainability is the long-term maintenance and enhancement of human well-being within finite planetary resources. It is usually considered to have environmental, economic, and social dimensions. (As defined by the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament Office of Science and Technology)

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development promotes prosperity and economic opportunity, greater social well-being, and protection of the environment. United Nations Member States agree that sustainable development offers the best path forward for improving the lives of people everywhere. (Adapted from the United Nations)