Overseas Studies

Georgetown is a recognized leader in study abroad participation and programming.  The following are academic policies and regulations related to global education at Georgetown.  Please refer to the Global Education page of the bulletin for information about study abroad, including the Office of Global Education staff, financial notes, and program highlights. 

1. PROGRAM APPLICATION

Students wishing to apply credit from a study abroad program to the Georgetown undergraduate degree should consult the Office of Global Education (OGE) to meet with a regional advisor and begin the application process. 

General requirements for admission include:  good academic and disciplinary standing, sufficient language preparation, approval of the Dean’s Office, and overall suitability for the program chosen.  In the case of programs in which the language of instruction is not English, students must also demonstrate they have the required language level prior to the application deadline.  This is normally achieved by taking a required language examination administered before the published OGE application deadline.  Students are also responsible for following all of the policies, guidelines and protocols set forth in the Global Education Policy Manual, the Global Education Handbook, and all program acceptance forms. 

Applicants are expected to be in good standing at Georgetown University or their home university.  To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a strong, consistent academic record, meet the academic standards set forth by the University and exhibit a history of good citizenship and student conduct.  Students are not eligible to participate in an overseas studies program while on active academic or disciplinary probation.

Students interested in applying to semester or full year programs that are not sponsored by Georgetown University must submit an Independent Petition application to the Office of Global Education by OGE's application deadline, and are also responsible for applying directly to the program sponsor. 

2. Course Approval

As part of the Office of Global Education’s application process, students must formulate a study proposal to be submitted for review.  In most cases, faculty advisors provide the initial course approval.  In Georgetown College, students must request approval of their major department.  In all cases, students must seek final course approval from their curricular dean.

If students need or want to change their course selection upon arrival, they must request approval for the change(s) from their curricular dean and the Office of Global Education.

3. Registration and Enrollment Status

Students who are approved through OGE’s selection process, either for a Georgetown-sponsored program or for a program approved through the Independent Petition process, are eligible to receive credit for work completed abroad.  Students should register for the overseas program or, in some cases, for the individual courses, as directed by OGE.

All approved study abroad participants will be enrolled in the GU Education Abroad Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan.  Participants are also required to register for sufficient credits abroad and will be eligible to apply for both Georgetown and federal financial aid.

Students who are not approved through the Independent Petition process but choose to attend such programs must take a leave of absence.  Course work completed while on a leave of absence is not eligible for transfer credit.

4. Credits, Grades, and Residency

Georgetown will award credit toward the undergraduate degree for all previously approved courses, provided students earn a grade equivalent to at least a C, and provided students present acceptable documentation from the host university or program sponsor.  A maximum of 17 credits per semester (12 credits per summer session) may be applied to the Georgetown degree from overseas programs.

If students complete a course of study that is considered to be a full course load for local students at the host university, full credit will be awarded for the overseas program.  Credits may be applied toward core requirements, the major or concentration, the minor, or electives, at the discretion of the appropriate Georgetown academic officers.

In the case of Georgetown-approved applications, including those approved through the Independent Petition process, all grades (including grades for courses for which no credit is granted by Georgetown) will be recorded on the Georgetown academic transcript as reported to Georgetown by the overseas program.

In the case of students studying on non-Georgetown programs during the summer, students’ applications are not evaluated or endorsed by OGE, but students should consult their advisors and curricular deans if they wish to receive credit.  Students must obtain a transcript from an accredited degree-granting institution in order to request transfer credit for non-GU summer coursework taken overseas.

In most cases, grades earned overseas will not be computed in the cumulative Quality Point Index (QPI). Exceptions are grades earned on Georgetown’s Living and Learning Programs, including on Georgetown-administered summer programs abroad, and for coursework taken at SFS-Qatar; these are included in the QPI.

Work completed on semester study abroad will not count toward fulfilling the academic residency requirement unless completed at one of Georgetown’s Global Living and Learning Communities or at SFS-Qatar. These programs count toward academic residency requirements.

5. F-1 and J-1 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International undergraduate students in F-1 and J-1 student status must maintain a full-time course load of at least 12 credits each semester. Federal regulations governing student status require that students obtain approval from the Office of Global Services PRIOR to reducing their course load below the 12 credit minimum.  International students should not depend on their professors or academic advisors for information about immigration regulations and course load requirements.  Failure to maintain full-time status, as defined by Department of Homeland Security, may result in loss of permission to remain in the United States.