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Can I Study at Other Programs?

The education of globally minded and globally literate citizens constitutes one of the central values of Gordon College.

To that end, the Global Education Office works with faculty on campus, so that each department can assess and determine what it believes to be the critical elements of a "global education" for its majors. Qualifying students participating in departmentally-endorsed GEO programs can take their full internal scholarship aid with them for a semester's study off-campus.

As of Fall 2016 students who elect to choose a non-approved or "petition" program may take up to 25% tuition discount with them to a program that is approved through the petition process below.

Gordon College reserves the right to deny approval for student study that the dean of Global Education judges to be of inferior academic quality, or for which there are concerns for student safety. Petition programs must have a direct link to the student's academic program. For this reason, students must first fill out the online seat application below, and at the same time file a formal petition with the Global Education Office (you can download the petition form below). The deadline for filing both the seat application and the petition is March 1 for Fall semester programs and September 30 for Spring semester programs.  

Please Note: All students accepted to petition/non-approved programs will pay Gordon College tuition (no more than 25% of the tuition discount may apply to petition programs), room, board and fees. There is no airfare allowance for petition programs.

As with approved and Gordon programs, Gordon College will continue as the financial aid recipient for all federal and state aid for the student and for any loans negotiated by the student or the parent. Students should speak with their Gordon financial aid advisor early in the process.

Please stop by the Global Education Office (MacDonald 130) and then set up an appointment with your academic advisor.

The following are some of the foremost considerations in the evaluation of petition programs:

Transferability of credit from courses taken: Course credit must be granted from a recognized college or university, preferably from a US institutional connection, or accredited by US agencies. Major colleges or universities in other countries having the appropriate accreditation from their own internal systems will also be considered. Please be aware that the number of credits awarded by other national systems may vary from US standards and may need to be adjusted on the final transcript. This transferability should be worked out with the registrar well in advance of attendance.

Contribution to the student's curriculum and professional goals: Study abroad should not be primarily concerned with location and experience. (Vacations are better for that—and less expensive!) The quality of the educational experience (which includes cultural experience and enrichment) should be paramount. Have an academic reason for your choice and discuss this reason fully with your academic advisor.

Safety of the student: Programs located in areas of the world currently under State Department travel warnings will not normally be approved. Please check the State Department website for current information on the country in question.

Accommodation: Students should be aware of what is covered in program costs and what is not covered. Housing, some meal plan, and transportation to and from the country are normally areas of concern. Please investigate these areas in searching for an appropriate program and in understanding actual costs.


Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

Online seat applications AND petition forms must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. 

Online seat applications AND petition forms must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. 


Online Petition Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Name of Petition Program and location:

3. Semester:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is Domestic

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (AT LEAST 250 words)

44. If you do wish to fulfill Global Understanding CORE with this Petition Program, please address here how this program fulfills the goals of the Global Understanding Thematic Core. Please be thorough and specific. Refer to the my.gordon description of the Thematic Core to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the theme.