Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

With advance planning, students in nearly any major can participate in an approved study abroad program while making normal progress toward graduation.

The Office of Global Studies coordinates program advising and approval in cooperation with academic departments. To be eligible for study abroad, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application. Direct enrollment in foreign universities requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • You may apply to participate in programs that take place as early as the second semester of sophomore year, or as late as the last semester of senior year.
  • Transfer students: you may apply to participate in semester programs that take place during your third semester on campus. (Reminder: applications are due approximately one¬†semester in advance.)
  • Have strong academic references and well-articulated reasons for studying abroad.
  • Have the appropriate language skills if you are choosing a program that requires proficiency in a language other than English (only applicable to certain programs).

To begin the planning process, and to ensure academic credit and the application of financial aid, you must meet with an advisor in the Office of Global Studies. (If you are applying to a St. Kate's faculty-led or UMAIE course, you do not need to meet with an advisor.)

Eligibility for short term programs is compatible with eligibility for semester programs except that first year and transfer students may apply for short term programs.