Center for International Services & Programs

Study Abroad Approval

Eligibility

CSU students must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria in order to be approved for education abroad participation:

  • Must be a degree-seeking student at CSU in good academic and judicial standing.
    -     Good academic standing means: 2.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or higher (3.0 or higher required of graduate students); must not be on academic probation.
    -     Good judicial standing means: applicants must not be under judicial sanction or review by the Office of Judicial Affairs. Students may not have any current sanctions in violation of the Student Conduct Code including: recommendation of expulsion, recommendation of suspension, disciplinary probation, reprimand, restitution, restriction, community service, counseling, holds, or other which would prevent success abroad as determined by the CSU Office of Judicial Affairs.
  • Must have completed one (1) successful semester at CSU if a transfer student or two (2) successful semesters if new first-year student; CSU students in first-year ("freshman") status may not study abroad.
  • Must be in good standing with the Office of Treasury Services.
  • Must be enrolled fill-time at CSU in the semesters immediately prior to and during the education abroad experience.
    -     Must demonstrate the ability to pay the full costs of education abroad program participation.
    -     Must not be a PESOP participant.
    -     Who are Project 60 students will be considered on a case-by-case basis for participation in CSU Faculty-led Programs Abroad (FLPA) only.

As part of the general education approval review process, the following items are considered for each education abroad program:

  • Location and General Safety of the Education Abroad Program:
          - Education abroad programs that are located in countries where a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is in place will be considered on a case-by-case basis. CSU students should not presume that education abroad participation is a given in these localities. CSU reserves the right to bar participation in certain study abroad sites or localities.
     
  • U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Alert (or similar government announcement)
     
  • The applicant's general preparedness for the Education Abroad experience (ex: foreign language capability (if needed); at the appropriate academic level, etc.)
     
  • Senior Class Standing
        - Note: Without exception, any undergraduate with 90 credits or more must complete a fast-track petition to be exempted from the “senior residency rule” unless residency credit is earned via the education abroad program (CSU exchanges or faculty-led programs only).
     
  • Institutional standing and reputation of the foreign university, college, or school issuing a transcript for education abroad program credit transfer
         - The academic institution must be accredited by the Ministry of Education.

Application for 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 consultation 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 website to download the specific program 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 approved leave." 
    The Application Booklet including General Approval Application Form  includes more information to help students through the application process.

    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 complete a 'fast track" petition through their College adviser for an exemption to the senior residency rule. 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.

Fast track petitions consist of an essay from the student (paragraph) about why they wish to study abroad in their senior year, a letter of support (two or three sentences) from a faculty member from the student's major department and a letter from the CISP education abroad adviser.  These three items should be submitted to the College academic advisor who will in turn submit the documentation to the Office of the University Registrar for processing.

last updated 3/23/2015