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Study Abroad Eligibility Information​​​

​​​​​​Policy for Semester/Year Study Abroad Eligibility

While acknowledging that all study abroad programs and international institutions have their own criteria for admissions, Providence College students are held to an institutional standard before being allowed to study abroad for credit.

Basic Requirements

  • Student must be, at minimum, in Junior class standing at the point of departure for semester study abroad. Seniors may study abroad only for the fall semester.
  • Students must apply by the December 1st application deadline
  • Student must have declared a major by December 1st of their Sophomore year
  • Student must enroll in a minimum of 15 U.S. academic credits (up to a maximum of 18 credits) for each semester on study abroad

Academic Requirements

  • The minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) required for PC students wishing to study abroad is 2.75 on a scale of 4.0 by the start of the semester prior to departure. 
  • A student with a CGPA lower than 2.75 may apply for study abroad approval by the deadline as long as s/he understands that his/her final approval is contingent upon meeting the CGPA requirement by the start of the semester prior to departure (e.g., a student planning on studying abroad in their Junior spring semester must meet all eligibility requirements no later than the first day of their Junior fall semester).
  • If a student is ineligible for study abroad due to failure to meet the GPA requirement, the student may submit a petition to request a waiver only if a study abroad experience is a required component of the academic major.  As of Fall 2014, only the Department of Global Studies has such a curricular requirement.
    • Petitions will be reviewed by the Dean of International Studies.
    • Petitions must include a written statement submitted by the student explaining the factors beyond the GPA which might warrant permission to study abroad.  Student may also request the opportunity to appear before the committee.
    • Decisions will be made by the Dean of International Studies.  Decisions are final and may not be appealed.

Disciplinary Requirements

  • Disciplinary histories for all study abroad applicants are reviewed and taken into consideration for study abroad approval by Providence College.
  • Any student found in violation of the Code of Conduct in the semester immediately prior to the study abroad term will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
    • The determination of “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” in a discipline case may or may not impact a student’s study abroad eligibility.
    • Students found “Responsible” may appeal their sanctions to the Dean of Students pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook
    • Following the appeal, the Dean of Students, in consultation with the Dean of International Studies, will make a determination of “Eligible” or “Not Eligible” for study abroad.​
    • Final Providence College approval for study abroad will be determined by the Dean of International Studies, in consultation with the Assistant Dean of International Studies, the Dean of Students, and the Director of Community Standards.
  • Students on probationary status may be prohibited from participation on semester study abroad (as well as other institutional short-term programs, such as semester or summer course-embedded programs or Maymester).​
  • Any student with unmet sanctions for past infractions will have their study abroad approval revoked.

Financial Requirements

  • Students may not have any remaining balance from the previous semester(s) on their Providence College account prior to departure (i.e., a student may not have a financial hold on his/her account).
  • ​Providence College is unable to make tuition payments to the study abroad program on behalf of a student with unpaid charges on their College account. Therefore, a student’s acceptance into the program may be jeopardized or revoked.

Providence College reserves the right to revoke study abroad approval for any student at any time prior to departure based on the above stated requirements, regardless of acceptance by the program or fees paid. In order to balance the number of students intending to study abroad across the academic year, the College reserves the right to restrict the numbers of students approved to study abroad in any one semester.​

Last revised July 2017​