Center for International Services & Programs

Study Abroad Approval

All students planning to study abroad must submit an application for approval to the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP). Applications will be reviewed by the CISP in consulation with relevant campus offices.

  • Faculty-led Program Abroad (FLPA) applicants complete the program's specific approval application only. Please visit the website of the individual faculty-led program to download the application form:
  •  General Approval Application Form is for students seeking to study abroad through an affiliate or reciprocal exchange program. This application is a student's declaration of their intention to study abroad and to seek permission from CSU to be approved and placed "on leave." 
    The Application Booklet  includes more information to help students through the application process and also includes a copy of the General Approval Application form.

    After gaining approval to study abroad as a CSU student on an affiliate or exchange program, students will then apply for admission to their selected program.

Residency Requirement

Any undergraduate student in their senior year (above 90 credits) seeking to study abroad through an affiliate (program provider or direct enrollment),  earning study abroad transfer credit at CSU,  must petition the University Petitions Committee for an exemption to the senior residency requirement. Information regarding the residency requirement can be obtained from the Regulations section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Senior standing is reached whenever an undergraduate student has earned 90 or more credit hours. Please consult the Class Rank section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Petitions for the University Petitions Committee are obtained from College Advising Offices and must be accompanied by an essay and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from the student's major department. A letter from the CISP education abroad advisor must also be request.  All complete petitions are submitted by a College academic advisor on behalf of the student. The Committee generally meets once a semester so advanced planning is recommended for any junior/senior seeking to study abroad. These are "fast tracked" petitions.