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Read the most frequently asked questions about how we are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
As a student at Schiller International University, how can I be sure the campus is a safe environment?
Schiller has an integrated approach to developing strategies focused on health and safety. We want to encourage confidence in the well-being of our learning community on each campus. This strategy includes a commitment to create both safe learning environments for students, as well as work environments for staff.
We will be in compliance with government requirements in France, Germany, Spain, or the United States, as well as guidelines identified by such entities and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
What steps is the University taking related to cleaning and disinfecting?
You will find antibacterial hand-sanitizing stations, wipes, soaps, etc. placed in key locations on each campus. Signage and other information related to such practices as handwashing will also be posted.
The University has committed extra resources to ensuring the acquisition of adequate materials and training for cleaning professionals. We will ensure that cleaning products are used such as those that meet EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) guidelines and are approved for use and effective against viruses, bacteria and other airborne and bloodborne pathogens.
We have instructed to our cleaning professionals as to the need to increase the frequency of deep-cleaning and disinfecting of all classrooms, offices, common areas and public spaces with an emphasis on high-contact surfaces such as front desk, elevators and elevator buttons, door handles, public bathrooms, handrails, desks and desk chairs, and more.
What will I specifically do in my classroom? Do I have to wear a mask?
At this time, we are planning for everyone (students, staff, visitors) who enters our campus facilities to wear masks and possibly other types of protection (gloves for example). This could be different on each campus based on local government requirements and/or restrictions. Testing of some sort may be required of faculty and staff, as well as students in certain situations if required.
Will I have to practice social distancing?
Like wearing masks, at this time we are planning to implement social distancing requirements in all classrooms, offices, and other common areas and public spaces on each campus. Physical contact will be minimized as much as possible and we will implement the standard recognized practice of physical distancing as required in France, Germany, Spain, or the United States. This would include visiting staff offices, standing in lines, waiting for elevators (including limited capacity), walking through public areas, and utilizing common spaces such as restrooms. Also, furniture placement throughout the campus (including classrooms) may need to be rearranged to allow for increased spacing.
Will there be testing for COVID-19 or other tests?
At this time, we are considering testing and taking temperatures prior to entry to campus buildings by all students, staff, and visitors. This will be in compliance with local requirements and restrictions in France, Germany, Spain or the United States.
All of our staff will receive training on recognizing any flu or virus-like symptoms and following a standard procedure on reporting. Staff will have information on how to help students seek medical attention if needed.
What about outside my classroom? How will I visit offices to work with my instructor or other staff?
All precautions taken related to masks, social distancing, and recognizing possible symptoms will be in place when visiting faculty and staff offices.
I am planning to attend the Heidelberg, Germany campus. Are the dorm facilities open and will it be safe to live there?
We are currently planning for all dorm facilities at the Heidelberg campus to be open. Schiller offers mostly single dorm rooms that include a kitchen and bathroom.
The general safety measurements apply. Regarding our shared housing options, the common room area (kitchen and bathroom) is professionally and regularly cleaned and disinfected. (To date, there have been no known COVID-19 cases). More specific information related to the dorms is available directly from the Heidelberg campus.
What if I am unable to return to my home campus due to temporary VISA restrictions?
This will not be a problem! You can take blended courses that will require you to participate virtually from your home at a specific time when the class meets. You will be in a class with other students participating virtually, as well as students on campus in the classroom. This will enable to you to have interaction with your fellow classmates, as well as your course instructor to support your learning. If needed, you can also take courses online until you are able to return to campus.
Ok, I understand you are going to make the campus safe, but what about the city? For example, I must use public transportation to travel to campus.
As we all know, every step on this educational experience will have its own set of defined protocols that will ensure the safety and well-being in international settings. Personal responsibility and good decision-making will be needed by everyone. We will do everything we can to advise students in non-university related practices that may be unique to their city of residence.
Will this jeopardize my dual degree from the University of Roehampton?
No. We are working closely with our partners at the University of Roehampton to ensure students will continue meeting requirements for the joint degree.
Could my admission be delayed related to paperwork consequences due to the pandemic? For example, I have been unable to secure formal transcripts or take a required test.
We are well-aware that both potential and existing students may face these types of challenges. Rest assured we are prepared to work with you and help you as much as may be needed!
This pandemic has caused economic problems for my family. Is there tuition help I can get?
Schiller has set aside emergency funds for students impacted by this pandemic. Please contact your home campus for details.
I feel very overwhelmed by all of this. Can I take the Fall semester off to wait for this to pass?
We understand these are very difficult times, but we believe the information we have provided here demonstrates that we are ready to support you! Delaying your start by taking time off would be a big decision and could carry many consequences. We suggest you contact your campus directly to discuss this. There could be unexpected consequences such as progressing through your coursework and financial aid that will delay your graduation.
Read the most frequently asked questions about Scholarship.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. We offer scholarship opportunities under a variety of options.
Please check our Scholarship section to find the options that best fit your needs.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
You can read about the scholarship application process here. Please review the information and if you have any questions, contact our admissions team for further assistance.
How do I check the status of my scholarship application?
The Scholarship Committee will inform students of all scholarship decisions.
Read the most frequently asked questions about our programs and other academic information.
How does the American education system work?
Our study programs are defined according to the academic system used throughout the United States.
The American system measures progress in credit hours and we use the semester credit hour system. For a typical 3 semester credit hour lecture course, you will participate in a total of 45 hours (15 hours x 3 credits) of instruction.
One academic hour is defined as 50 minutes of instruction during a 60-minute period. Each one (1) credit hour of a lecture requires two (2) contact hours of outside course work. For a typical three (3) semester credit hour lecture course, you are expected to complete outside class work equating to 90 hours (45 contact hours of actual class time plus an additional 90 contact hours of outside course work).
How can I get a double degree?
If you wish to earn two degrees you must complete all requirements for both degrees.
The first degree must be completed before pursuing requirements for the second degree. Any equivalent Schiller courses that are common across both academic programs can be used to meet requirements for both degrees if the courses were successfully completed within the last ten (10) years of the date of registration for the second degree.
How can I get information about your programs catalog?
You can find information about all the programs here.
How long are the programs?
Our instructional delivery model is based on students taking one 3 credit hour course per month. Schiller International University offers a variety of programs that differ in length.
Our undergraduate programs range from 20 to 40 months of coursework. Our graduate programs range from 10 to 15 months of coursework.
You also have the opportunity to accelerate your completion by taking two courses at a time if a certain GPA is met.
What are the differences among the various programs?
We have undergraduate and graduate programs in different fields of study. Take a look at them all here.
Are all the programs available online?
You can see what programs are offered on each campus and those offered online here.
Are all programs available on all campuses?
No. To discover which programs are available on each campus, please look at the program you are interested in. If you know the campus where you want to study, look at the specific programs that are available on that campus.
Do I get a valid degree for both the US and the EU with all the programs?
Yes. You will receive a degree accredited by an American university and the University of Roehampton in Europe
Are internships available in all degrees?
All students are encouraged to seek internships to support their coursework.
If you are interested in any particular program, please contact our admissions team for more specific details.
What are my career opportunities?
All Schiller degree programs are designed to lead to career opportunities.
One of our objectives is to introduce our students to an international network that will open doors in their specific profession wherever they may go.
Read the most frequently asked questions about the opportunity to do an internship.
How do I apply for an internship?
Please contact our career services department for help.
Is it possible to make external agreements?
No. We do not have any external agreements with other companies to do an internship.
Contact our career services department to get more information.
Read the most frequently asked questions about our campuses.
Where are Schiller's campuses located?
We have 4 campuses available: Madrid, Paris, Heidelberg and Tampa.
You also have the possibility of studying any program online from wherever you want.
Can I study at any of them?
If the degree you want to study is available, yes. You can do it.
Will I be able to do study at more than one campus during my studies?
Yes. You can intercampus transfer (ICT) during your studies to the campus of your choice.
A key component of our philosophy is that you live and learn in an international environment.
Read the most frequently asked questions about the admissions process.
What are the admissions requirements?
The requirements depend on your profile and the type of program you want to apply for.
Check here. Contact us and someone from our team will assist you in a personalized way.
Is there an application deadline?
No. As we have a rolling admissions system you can apply whenever you want and begin your studies as soon as you have formalized the application.
How do I apply for admission?
You can apply online at any time. Just click here.
Where do I send my transcripts?
Applicants wishing to enroll at any of our campuses should direct their inquiries to the admissions department at their campus of interest. You may also send your transcripts to the following email address:
Do you accept transfer credits?
We will evaluate and consider awarding academic credit for coursework earned only at institutions that are either accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education or are recognized by a respective government as institutions of higher education (this applies for international-based institutions).
You must arrange to have a translation of your foreign transcript (non-US recognized degree) by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)’s International Education Services, or a member of Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) prior to the evaluation and award. The cost of the foreign transcript evaluation will be covered by the student. Official Standardized European University credits (ECTS) will be converted at 1 US credit = 2 ECTS credits unless otherwise indicated on the transcript.
What level of English do I need to have?
If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency through one of the following:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): score of 80 for Bachelors and 89 for Masters.
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) score of at least 650 for Bachelors and at least 700 for Masters.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.0 for Bachelors and at least 6.5 for Masters.
- CAMBRIDGE FCE (First Certificate in English) grade of “B” (B2 level) or higher -Cambridge Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) preferred- in both cases.
- Duolingo English Exam: score of at least 95 for Bachelors and at least 105 for Masters.
- If you have successfully graduated from the Tampa Language Center with a Level 6 program, you are eligible for admission.
- This may be waived for students who have graduated from a secondary school or university where English is the language of instruction or the country's official language is English.
Read the most frequently asked questions about Financial Aids.
How do I apply for financial aid?
You can read about the financial aid process here. Review the requirements you must meet in order to apply for financial aid and if you have any questions, contact our admissions team for personalized attention.
What is your school FAFSA code?
Our school FAFSA code can be obtained from the Financial Aid Advisor.
How do I check the status of my financial aid application?
You should contact your Financial Aid Advisor to check the status of your financial aid application.
Read the most frequently asked questions about the requirements needed.
How much is tuition?
See our Tuition and Fees here.
How do I apply for my student VISA?
Since it varies from one country to another, it is best to contact us. We will be happy to help you.
Do I need some specific technology to study at Schiller?
We do offer specific recommendations, and you will definitely need a personal computer, particularly if you are going to study online.
Read the most frequently asked questions about facilities and services you will have available at Schiller International University.
Do you have a housing service?
Yes, we provide housing information on each of our campuses. Read all the details here or ask us directly. We will be happy to help you.
What learning resources are available?
We have many resources to support your learning on each campus. These include a library, technological resources, career opportunities, alumni community, and many others that are specific to each campus.
We want you to have what you need to be successful!
Do all campuses have the same services?
No. Services vary depending on each campus and the host country of the campus.
We do ensure that all of our students’ needs are met within our capacity.