As part of the Office of International Programs approval process, students must meet certain requirements.
- Have earned a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.80 for study abroad and 3.00 for international internships by the end of the semester prior to application;
- Endorsement by the student's major and/or minor department;
- Exhibit above average professionalism, motivation, reliability and communication skills;
- Be approved by the Offices of International Programs and Student Affairs. Students are reviewed for violations of the Community Standards and must be in good standing at the College.
Students with a cumulative G.P.A. below 2.80 are not approved to study abroad. If a student is slightly below the minimum requirement, and wishes to be reconsidered for approval, they may request an appeal. The request must be made in writing and sent to the Director of International Programs. The request should explain what, if any, mitigating circumstances can be attributed to the student's G.P.A. The letter must also explain why the College should make an exception to the policy and why the student should be approved to spend a semester abroad. In addition, the student will need a letter of support from the major(s) department chair and a letter from a faculty member that the student has had in class. Student appeals will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of International Programs and the International Programs Advisory Board (if necessary). Students will be notified by mail of the results of their low G.P.A. request.
For more information on Study Abroad policies and procedures, faculty are encouraged to consult the Study Abroad Handbook.