Concordia College vigorously supports and encourages study away through its many program offerings. Students seeking to study away as a Concordia student with its benefits, support and protection must apply and be accepted for a college-approved program. Approved programs are developed, adopted and administered with a view of affordability and safety, curricular compatibility and quality, as well as experiential depth and richness. Concordia programs are approved by administrative and faculty committee action. They are administered by the Office of Global Education and are supported and often led by Concordia faculty members. When the college approves a program, it fits the college's standards. There is an ongoing institutional relationship, which encourages interaction and improvement. Chances of student success are improved and problems are minimized. While student choice is limited, quality matters, and the college is constantly adding newly approved programs in response to student interest.
Students who wish to participate in non-approved study away programs may do so by withdrawing from the college and seeking credit transfer when they return to the college. Students can select from hundreds of options for semester and yearlong study and are encouraged to do significant research about programs of interest. Students participating in non-approved programs are not eligible for financial aid from Concordia and will not be covered by the college's medical evacuation and health insurance policies during the time of withdrawal. The college will not be responsible for monitoring student safety. Consequently, students who elect to study in a non-approved program should be certain they are selecting a quality program that will be accountable for students' interest abroad. Study abroad matters and should only be undertaken after careful selection and planning.