Excelsior College Study Abroad Program

Through the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program, Excelsior College and Testing and Training International (TTI) work together exclusively to provide students with the opportunity to further their Judaic studies while obtaining their Excelsior College bachelors degree.

Welcome to the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program

WelcomeImportant DatesApply to your SeminaryFinancial AidEnroll in the Study Abroad ProgramProgram DocumentsCosts, Financing & BillingFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Meet Your Excelsior College AdvisorsProgram ContactsTestimonials

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Testing & Training International (TTI), as a partner with Excelsior College, assists students from the Orthodox Jewish community to reach their academic goals while being sensitive to their religious and cultural values and customs.. Since 1996, TTI has provided Orthodox Jewish students with higher education opportunities in an environment that prepares them to be knowledgeable, ethical and respected professionals. With over 2,000 students, nationally and internationally, TTI is the premier provider of alternate opportunities to earn College credit and career advancement for the Orthodox Jewish community. TTI is proud to partner with Excelsior College for all of our undergraduate degrees.

TTI students receive a discounted Excelsior College enrollment fee and access to a portfolio process specific to their needs.

Through the Excelsior Study Abroad Program, Excelsior College and Testing and Training International (TTI) work together exclusively to provide students with the opportunity to further their Judaic studies while earning credit toward their Excelsior College bachelor’s degree.

Excelsior College students are provided the opportunity to study abroad at the seminary of their choice for one academic year and earn up to 30 academic credits toward their Excelsior College bachelor’s degree. A student’s enrollment in the study abroad program is approved for credit by Excelsior College. Students studying abroad are considered enrolled at Excelsior College and are eligible to apply for assistance under the title IV, HEA programs otherwise known as Federal Student Aid.

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Important Dates

Students who wish to participate in the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program are required to meet program deadlines for providing required documentation and completing enrollment procedures.

Study Abroad Time Line

Apply to your seminary Feb. 2018
Meet with your TTI Advisor March – June 30, 2018
Apply for financial aid March – June 30, 2018
Enroll in the study abroad program between March – June 30, 2018
Enrollment and documentation deadline Jul. 1, 2018
Fax high school diploma or have official transcripts mailed deadline Jul. 20, 2018
Fax copy of passport deadline Jul. 20, 2018
Accept or decline financial aid package Aug. 1, 2018
Leave for your seminary Sept. 2018

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Apply to your Seminary

2017-2018 Partner Institutions

Ma’alot

  • Bnos Avigail
  • Bnos Chava
  • Bnos Sarah
  • Machon Bnos Yehuda
  • Mesores Rochel

 

Me’ohr

  • Me’ohr Bais Yaakov

Independent

  • Ateres Bnos Yerushalayim
  • Bais Yaakov Kitov Sachra
  • Beth Jacob Jerusalem
  • Beit Chana Tzvat
  • Chemdas Bais Yaakov
  • Darchei Binah
  • Hadar Bais Yaakov
  • Machon Alte
  • Machon Shoshonat
  • Nachlas Bais Yaakov
  • Tehilas Bais Yaakov
  • Keser Chaya
  • Binas Bais Yaakov
  • Machon Raaya
  • Bnos Batsheva
  • Seminar Yerushalayim
  • Beis Chana – Milan
  • Gates Head (Beth Midrash Lemoroth) – London
  • Chaya Mushka Seminary – Canada

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Apply for financial aid

Deadline: Feb. – July 1, 2018

Excelsior College Study Abroad Program Financial Aid Information

There are many forms of financial assistance available to our study abroad students and for many this will be their first experience with the financial aid application process. This page introduces study abroad financial aid by highlighting important dates in the financial aid processing timeline, describing the types of aid that may be available, furnishing a selection of commonly required financial aid documents, and briefly discussing the cost of attendance.

To receive a financial aid package, you must complete the United States Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New York State residents should also complete the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application, either by following the link that appears on the confirmation page after completing the FAFSA or going to TAP on the Web. After you file these applications we will notify you if we require additional information. We will begin to prepare financial aid packages on June 1st and you will receive email notification, sent to the address provided on the FAFSA, when your package is ready.

Important Dates To Remember

Jan. 1   Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA any time after January 1. You do not have to wait until after you file your 2017 tax return to complete the FAFSA. Although accurate information is important when filing the FAFSA, you are allowed to estimate income figures. Once your taxes have been completed, you will need to go back and update the FAFSA with the appropriate figures.
May 25 If your FAFSA is selected for a process called verification, please submit all requested verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid no later than this date.
Jun. 1 The Office of Financial Aid will begin to prepare aid packages for students who have submitted the necessary documentation. Packages will be sent to students on a rolling basis over the course of the next two months.
Aug. 1 Students are encouraged to accept their financial aid packages no later than August 1.
Sep. 6 Tuition bills mailed to students at their home address.

Types of Aid

Click on the links below to explore information on the Excelsior College Office of Financial Aid website about the types of aid for which you might qualify as an Excelsior College study abroad student.

Financial Aid Documents

  • Dependent Student Verification Worksheet
  • Dependent Household Verification Worksheet
  • Requesting an IRS Tax Return Transcript
  • Accepting Your Financial Aid Package

Cost of Attendance

For financial aid purposes, the Study Abroad Program cost of attendance is defined as the sum of charges for tuition, room, board, and fees. The cost of attendance does not include expenses such as airfare or the cost of books and supplies. The 2017 Study Abroad Program total cost of attendance is $24,900, which includes $23,700 for seminary tuition, room and board, and $1,200 for the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program Fee. (We do not have separate tuition and room/board figures from our calculation of the average cost of attendance).

The cost of attendance not only reflects the total charges that will appear on your tuition bill from Excelsior College, but is an important figure for determining the maximum amount of financial aid a you can receive. The sum total of grants, scholarships, and student loans in a financial aid package cannot exceed the $24,900 cost of attendance.

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Enroll in Excelsior’s Study Abroad Program

Deadline: July 1, 2018

To enroll in the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program, please contact a TTI advisor.

Phone: +1 877-746-4884 (+1 877 RING TTI)

718-376-0974 ext. 0

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For more information about TTI, please visit their website.

Students are required to have completed the enrollment process online and have paid the $100 application fee to be registered in Excelsior College no later than July 1, 2018.

Enrollment and Documentation Deadline

Deadline: July 1, 2018

In addition to the completion of the online enrollment and payment, students must provide the following documents by fax to the Excelsior College Office of the Registrar no later than July 1, 2018 (with the exception of the Identity Verification Form which must be mailed).

Seminary Acceptance Letter The one you received from Seminary
Assumption of Risk Form Download PDF
Parental Responsibility Form Download PDF
Student Responsibility Form Download PDF
Privacy Release Form Download PDF
Identity Verification Form Download PDF (Note: this document must be mailed)

Transcripts & Diplomas

Deadline: July 20, 2018

In order to participate in the Excelsior College Study Abroad Program, the College must verify that you have graduated high school. Students have two options for this verification process.

Students may fax or mail a copy of their high school diploma to the Excelsior Office of the Registrar no later than July 20, 2018.

— OR —

Students may request that their high school mail a sealed copy of their official transcript to Excelsior College. This transcript must come from the high school directly. Transcripts must be received by Excelsior College no later than July 20, 2018.

Passport

Deadline: July 20, 2018

Students must fax a copy of their passport (photo and identification page only) no later than July 20, 2018.

Office of the Registrar contact

Fax: +1-518-464-8646

Mailing Address:

Excelsior College
Office of the Registrar
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203-5159
U.S.A.

Costs, Financing & Billing

$1,200 Program fee retained by Excelsior College for administrative costs and transfer of credits
$23,700 Seminary tuition and room & board
$24,900 Total cost of the Study Abroad Program

* Paid to Excelsior College by the student and the student’s financial aid, if eligible. (Excelsior College pays the seminary.)

Accessing your student account information

Each student at Excelsior College is provided a secure online portal through which you can access your student account activity. Through this access you can view your account at any time, remit one time payments, or set up a payment plan for eligible balances.

To access your student account:

  • login to your student portal
  • click on the My Details tab at the top
  • scroll to My Financial Matters
  • click on the View My Account/Pay my bill button

Payment deadlines

Students will be required to pay the remaining account balance for all program tuition and fees after anticipated financial aid funds and seminary scholarship funds have been applied to the account, no later than September 10, 2018.

Payment plans

Students whose balance (after Financial Aid and Scholarship credits) exceeds $300 are eligible for a payment plan through Nelnet Business Solutions. This payment option will be available through your online payment portal. By utilizing the payment plan, students are allowed up to 6 monthly payments to pay their balance due. A $25 setup fee is assessed for this service.

Tax form 1098T

Excelsior College provides 1098T forms in January of each year to all enrolled students for eligible payments received during the previous calendar year. Eligible payments are those received directly from the student or family for enrollment, seminary tuition, and the Student Services Annual Fee. Payments received from other sources will not be reported on the 1098T.

Student Services Annual Fee

All Excelsior College students are billed this fee every year after the first year of enrollment until degree requirements have been met. This fee is for ongoing academic advising and program planning, library access, and student support services.

NOTE: Save money and enroll in the Information Literacy (INL) 102 or 103 course by September 8, 2018 and have your $70 SSAF fee waived! INL is a required course to receive your degree at Excelsior College. Get it done early and save money!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What degree am I studying for?

Most of our study abroad students enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts degree. This is one of Excelsior College’s most flexible degree programs.

How many credits may I receive from my year abroad?

You may receive up to 30 credits of specific course work toward an Excelsior College degree from a year at seminary. Students must receive a grade of ‘C’ or higher in the identified courses to receive credit; letter grades of ‘D’ or ‘F’ will not transfer.

How will my seminary credits fit into my degree?

Most seminary credits fulfill general education requirements in the humanities or social science areas and count towards at least one depth requirement. You may also receive elective credits in education or law, depending on your seminary program.

Will my seminary credits count toward my GPA?

Yes, your letter grades will count toward your overall GPA at Excelsior College.

How do I know if my transfer credits have been applied to my degree plan?

You may use your My Academic Planner (MAPlanner) on your MyExcelsior page to keep track of your credit accumulation. Every time your evaluation is updated by your advisor, it will be posted here for you to view.

Once I’ve finished my year abroad, how do I know which exams to take for my general education requirements?

You will work with your assigned TTI and Excelsior College advisors to identify the appropriate exams or courses to fulfill your degree requirements.

Are there courses I must take through Excelsior College directly?

Yes. You must complete INL*102 Information Literacy and LA*498JS Judaic Studies Capstone with Excelsior College.

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is a one credit, online, self-paced course that introduces skills for locating, using, and evaluating various information resources, and discusses the legal and ethical uses of information. This course is required for all Excelsior College students.

What is the Judaic Studies Capstone?

This senior level course is the culminating experience for students completing a Liberal Arts degree with a depth or area of focus in Judaic Studies. Through a combination of formal essays and reflective/discussion activities, you will critically examine major texts and events and the concepts of diversity and ethics as viewed historically and today. The course seeks to integrate the theoretical and interpretive issues of the Jewish religion, history, and culture within an academic framework.

A Capstone course is required for all Excelsior College students. This course is available in both online and CD-ROM format and must be taken from Excelsior College; you cannot transfer in a capstone course.

Are there prerequisites for the Capstone course?

Yes. To be approved for the Capstone course, you must have successfully completed a total of 105 credits on your official record with Excelsior College. The credit total must include Information Literacy, 6 credits of English Composition, 2 credits of Ethics, and 12 upper level credits in Judaic Studies.

You will not be approved for this course until documentation of completion of these requirements are received by Excelsior.

How long does it take to receive my degree once I finish my last course or exam?

Once we receive your final grades, it typically takes about 2 months for your degree to be conferred and your diploma to arrive in the mail. If you need proof of graduation prior to your actual conferral date, you may request a Letter of Qualification (LOQ) from our Office of the Registrar. Be sure to work with your advisors to plan accordingly, especially if you plan to continue to graduate school!

Meet Your Excelsior College Advisors

Your academic advisors are trained professionals who guide you through the process of obtaining your bachelor’s degree with Excelsior College. When you return from the seminary, they will be here to assist you with your transfer credits, course selections, exams, and degree planning.

Rachel Stolicky
Rachel Stolicky is a Senior Academic Advisor in the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College. She has been working at Excelsior for 10 years and began working with TTI students about 8 years ago. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Rachel lives in the Albany, New York area with her husband and two daughters.

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Kim Gibson
Kim Gibson is a Senior Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center at Excelsior College. She has been working at Excelsior College for over 18 years and began working with TTI students in 2017. She holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling and Master of Arts in Community Psychology, both from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York. Kim lives in the Albany, New York area with her husband and son.

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Program Contacts

Do you have general questions about the program or any steps you need to follow? We have knowledgeable staff to answer all of your questions.

General program questions

Helen Bopp
Director of Operations
School of Undergraduate Studies
Phone:  888-647-2388 toll free
email:  ISAPSLA@excelsior.edu

Renee Spinner
Program Coordinator
School of Undergraduate Studies
Phone:  888-647-2388 toll free
email:  ISAPSLA@excelsior.edu

Ruth Olmsted
Excelsior College Study Abroad Program
Academic Contact
Phone: +1-518-464-8603
Email: ISAPSLA@excelsior.edu
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Academic questions regarding credits and courses

Rachel Stolicky and Kim Gibson
Senior Academic AdvisorsPhone: 1-888-647-2388 extension 2053

Financial aid questions regarding how to fill out forms, types of aid, needed documentation, or any other financial aid questions

Phone: +1-855-323-9235
Fax:   +1-518-464-8660
Email: vafa@excelsior.edu

For registration and enrollment questions

Phone: +1-518-608-8305
Email: ISAPRegistrar@excelsior.edu

For billing questions

Phone: +1-518-608-8296
Email: ISAPFiscal@excelsior.edu

Testimonials from former students

Chana M., Lawrence, New York

How was your experience with Excelsior’s Study Abroad Program?

It was so convenient and helpful to do this program in Eretz Yisroel. I was in seminary earning credits, and now I came back and I’m working on my degree. It was so good to have those 30 credits in my pocket—like 2 in 1. I worked on all my seminary courses, and it wasn’t pressured, and I earned college credits at the same time. My college degree came with me to Israel and it was my responsibility.

How was the process with Excelsior College and TTI?

It was very convenient. I met the TTI advisor in Israel and asked her questions while I was there. I also met the representative from Excelsior College when she came to visit Israel. It was a real, grounded program, with contact from both Excelsior and TTI.

Would you recommend this program to your friends?

For sure!


R.T. E., Cleveland Heights, Ohio

What was the best part of the program?

I was happy to have a year away to go to seminary–and to continue working on my bachelor’s degree when I returned. I received FAFSA with the Excelsior College Stidy Abroad Program and that enabled me to go to seminary. I’m very positive and happy about the program.

 

Should other students join this program?

For sure!


Leah B., Brooklyn, New York

Tell us about your experience as an Excelsior College study abroad student:

The Excelsior program was wonderful. I was able to go to seminary and earn college credits. It was amazing—like 2 in 1! Everyone at Excelsior and TTI was very helpful. I received financial aid, and it all worked out.

What are you up to now?

Now I came back from seminary and I already have over 100 credits. I’m almost finished my degree!  It really helped to get 30 credits from my year in seminary.