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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

The following are eligibility requirements governing student participation in USD study abroad programs.

MINIMUM AGE
The Office of International Studies Abroad does not permit applicants under the age of 18 to participate in fall or spring semester study abroad programs.

CLASS STANDING
To participate in a USD affiliated study abroad program, students must have sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program. Junior class-standing may be required for some programs. (Please check with the Office of International Studies Abroad for more information.) Freshmen and senior students, with the appropriate academic background, may apply for summer and Intersession programs.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE
To apply to a USD-affiliated semester study abroad program, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher depending on the program. Students should check the minimum GPA program requirements before applying.

Students participating in a USD sponsored summer or Intersession study abroad program must be in good-standing with USD or their home institution where applicable.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application. Students who are on academic probation are not eligible to participate.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Some study abroad programs have requirements in addition to class standing and minimum GPA. These requirements may include: a minimum level of proficiency in a foreign language, specific course pre-requisites, approval from a USD academic advisor and study abroad program director.

FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT WHILE STUDYING ABROAD
Students must be enrolled full-time while participating in an USD study abroad program. Students participating in USD-affiliated semester programs must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 semester units while abroad.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
In order to be accepted into a study abroad program, students must agree to participate in the entire program (all class sessions and program-related activities of the study abroad program) and satisfy all USD admission and course requirements.

DISCIPLINARY BACKGROUND
The Office of International Studies Abroad collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs to review the disciplinary records of all USD students applying to the programs, and reserves the right to deny acceptance to students who have problematic or questionable disciplinary histories.  According to the International Studies Abroad policy, students must be clear of disciplinary probation for an entire semester before participating in a USD semester program abroad (effective fall 2011).  No exceptions.

ENCUMBRANCES
Encumbrances placed on a student's records by USD, e.g., by Admissions, Student Financial Services, Student Accounts, Registrar, Health Services, Parking Services, USD Libraries, etc., must be cleared before a student can be granted admission to any study abroad program.

MINIMUM ATTENDANCE AT USD FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Students who transfer to the University of San Diego must have successfully completed at least one full semester at USD before they are eligible to participate in a study abroad program.

Students not meeting the above requirements as per their desired program are encouraged to discuss special approval with the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, PRIOR TO APPLYING. Those declined due to one of the above criteria may choose to appeal to the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. An appeal is NO GUARANTEE of approval.

(Document adapted from Northern Illinois University: Policies Concerning Eligibility Requirements for NIU Students Who Want to Study Abroad, 2005, http://www3.niu.edu/niuabroad/SAO-Policies-Eligibility-Criteria.205.pdf)