Libra Internship Program Key Pre-Departure Steps
DEREE undergraduate students have the life-changing opportunity to study abroad through an unforgettable international internship experience with contributing bursary sponsored by the Libra Group. We welcome students of all majors to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. All DEREE students who wish to participate in the Libra Internship Program must do so through the Study Abroad Office in order to ensure conformance with DEREE academic policies, course transfer back to DEREE and preparedness for a study abroad/international internship experience. We are here to help you with the process of studying and interning abroad - from choosing a university abroad, completing applications, securing a visa, and more.
The following are the key steps for the study abroad portion of the program for students.
The Study Abroad Office will assist students through every phase of this process:
Check your eligibility before applying (Details)
We’ve made the Libra Internship application process straightforward for our Greek and international DEREE undergraduate students! To see if you are eligible to apply click here
It is advisable that you start the process no later than 1 month before the deadline. Your completed application has to be submitted to the Study Abroad Office by the stated deadline for you to be considered for this program.
If eligible, complete the Online Application (Details)
If you are eligible, start your application process and follow our tips, all found here. It is suggested you also e-mail the Study Abroad Office so as to inform them of your desire to apply. The Libra Group will then ascertain if, based on your application package, you are eligible for an interview. You will be informed of your acceptance and the location of the internship following the interview process.
Purchase Health Coverage (Details)
A basic Libra Group requirement, as well as from most universities, is to have International Health Insurance (IHI). You can either extend your family insurance plan or decide to purchase individual insurance, be it private or public health coverage. Be sure to look into this early on as it can take a few months to settle this requirement. HERE is a link to some suggestions about purchasing IHI.
If applicable, choose where you want to study abroad (Details)
DEREE has formed partnerships with several universities abroad, so that we can offer you a very reasonable cost for study abroad tuition. If selected as a Libra Intern, the Libra Group will provide a contributing bursary towards housing and meal plan expenses during your study abroad experience; it will be your responsibility to pay the outbound study abroad fee. Selected students may choose a study abroad destination from our growing list of exchange partners*:
- Goizueta Business School - Emory University
- North Central College
- Northern Arizona University
- The University of Montana
- University of Northern Iowa
- Southern Utah University
- Richmond - The International American University in London
- Standford University (Honor students only)
- The American University in Cairo
- University of the Incarnate Word
- University of San Francisco
- DeSales University
- Dominican University of California
For more information on each partner university, please see the Study Abroad Office.
*Subject to space availability. Please see the Study Abroad Office for details.
Complete the application process for your study abroad university (Details)
Once you decide on a study abroad destination, the Study Abroad Office will supply you with the application information you need to apply. Be sure to be aware of host application deadlines, as they are much earlier in other countries than at DEREE.
Obtain course approval (Details)
In order to ensure that your study abroad courses will transfer back to DEREE, you must work with the Advising Office for course approval. You should have course descriptions of possible course choices. We advise you to choose at least two to three courses beyond the number of courses you intend to take, since some courses may be closed or cancelled.
Complete all housing and other forms (Details)
The university to which you are applying will likely have a housing application/form and other forms that you will need to complete. The Study Abroad Office will provide you with specific forms for your school of choice and assist you along the way.
Obtain your passport (Details)
If you don’t already have one, you need to obtain a passport. For US universities you need a valid passport and a student visa. For UK universities you either need a valid passport or a Greek I.D. in English.
Greek students should visit the Hellenic National Passport Center website for more information about obtaining a passport: http://www.passport.gov.gr
International students must already have a valid passport to study at DEREE.
Apply for a student/intern visa (Details)
Whether you are doing just the internship or you are also studying abroad with the Libra Internship Program, chances are you will need to apply for a student visa. If you are studying abroad you will be doing this with the help of your chosen university. In the case where you will be doing just the internship, you will be working with Libra closely to have this issued. Come by the office as soon as you know whether you have been selected for the Program and we will help you with your visa options. You should start the visa process at about 3 months prior to the semester you are planning to enroll or intern.
Pre-register for courses (Details)
If approved, your courses will count towards your degree at DEREE. Once pre-registration is open at the university to which you have been accepted, you should register for your courses. We advise you to register early as courses may fill up quickly.
Pay your study abroad tuition fee to DEREE (Details)
You will pay a reasonable study abroad tuition fee to DEREE, and your tuition billing at the host university will be taken care of by DEREE. If you have one, your DEREE grant/scholarship will apply toward your study abroad tuition fee. The Libra Group offers a bursary towards host university housing and meal plan costs for selected Libra Interns.
Don’t forget before you go (Details)
Come by our office and pick up a Pre-departure Guide with all sorts of tips and useful information about living in a foreign country for the first time, as well as to inform us of your departure details. There will also be a mandatory internship training session right before your internship commences, organized by the Libra Group. Don’t forget to come say good-bye to us before you leave!
All the best and we will be waiting to hear all about it when you return!