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Basic Requirements and Eligibility
  • Before beginning the application process, students should consult with their academic advisor and the Office of Global Education.
  • Students need at least a 2.5 grade point average to qualify, but some programs sponsored by Washington & Jefferson College require a minimum GPA of between 2.8 and 3.5.
  • Students may study off-campus during their sophomore or junior years, or first semester of their senior year.
  • Students applying to a foreign language program are encouraged to have taken at least elementary courses in the language of the host country; some programs will require intermediate to advanced language ability.
  • Students on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension, or with other serious disciplinary violations, are not eligible for off-campus study.
  • Students with delinquent financial accounts are not eligible for off-campus study.
  • Consult the Office of Global Education for specific program eligibility requirements and openings.
  • While abroad, students must be registered as a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 Washington & Jefferson College credits.
  • Semesters abroad are NOT COVERED by tuition exchange and/or tuition remission (human resources benefits provided to students whose parents work at W&J or another college).
Application Process

The application process to study off-campus is two-fold: students first apply to the Office of Global Education for permission to study off-campus; they then apply (through the Office of Global Education) for admission into a particular program. Students must submit both the W&J application and the relevant program application. Please visit the Office of Global Education in Burnett Center 002 for all relevant application forms and materials.

Applications must be received in the Office of Global Education by the dates given below. Late applications will not be accepted. All applications will be reviewed immediately following the deadline.

  • To study abroad for the fall term or full academic year, students must submit their W&J application by March 1; program applications are due by March 15.
  • To study abroad for the spring term, students must submit their W&J application by October 1; program applications are due by October 15.

Once the student receives permission from W&J to study off-campus, the Office of Global Education will submit the student's completed program application to the appropriate off-campus program. The off-campus program will typically then inform students directly of their admission into the program.

After issuing approval/acceptance, both the Office of Global Education and the off-campus program will require students to submit a number of forms to prepare for and finalize their semester(s) off-campus. Students should make sure to read carefully and understand all forms given to them, and to submit all requirements on or before stated deadlines. Failure to complete the requirements of either the Office of Global Education or the off-campus program may result in the withdrawal of the student's approval to study off-campus.