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Where to Start?  
There are many ways to think about study abroad.  Do you want a program that fits with your major, where you can earn credit for your Political Science, or English major for example?  Or are you looking for a program where you can explore the critical issues and questions related to a region such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, or Latin America?

The first place to start is to think about what you want out of a semester abroad. What are your academic and personal goals for a semester abroad? ?

What are my options?
Gordon offers students opportunities to study off-campus in programs that range from language immersion to environmental studies. There are semester programs and international seminars which run after the Christmas break and in the summer.

For a full list of programs visit our Programs page.

What does a semester abroad cost?
Students approved to study for semester-long programs through the GEO normally pay no additional cost above their regular tuition, housing, meal and fee charges, and are allowed to maintain their full scholarship package for one semester. The one exception is in the rare case that the total actual cost of a program exceeds the total cost of a semester at Gordon College. In that case, the student is required to pay the actual costs above that amount.

Students accepted to the CCCU Oxford program, programs in languages, or those in the Pike Scholars program for which there is specified study abroad requirements, may study for two semesters with the full benefit of their scholarships. Also, students may take their funding to the Gordon-In-Boston program in addition to a second program.

In the case of students who are on tuition remission, tuition remission does not apply to study abroad. In these cases, students are encouraged to see Student Financial Services to assess their scholarship package. During the semester off-campus, students who normally have tuition remission will instead pay normal tuition and fees minus this assessed scholarship package.

If the cost of a student's chosen program is above and beyond the cost of Gordon tuition and fees, and students will be charged the difference.

What does an international seminar cost?

Short-term International Seminars (usually in Summer Session of between semesters) do NOT normally have scholarship options. However, the college makes every effort to make these options as cost effective to the student as is possible.  Likewise, summer internship, ministry practicum or international social work experiences are not normally covered by regular scholarships.

Can I fulfill CORE in study abroad?
Yes. In general, under the new CORE requirements, students studying off-campus in programs that expose them to cross-cultural settings may complete the “Global Understanding” theme of the CORE requirements by successfully completing the orientation course: COR 210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures I, before study or experience in a cross-cultural setting and then completing the course: COR211: New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures II after study or experience in a cross-cultural setting.  

If you want to fulfill Global Understanding core through your study abroad, indicate on your online seat application that you wish to participate in the New Perspectives courses.

New Perspectives I consists of an all-day Saturday course the semester BEFORE you study abroad. New Perspectives II consists of  a Friday evening session and an all-day Saturday session AFTER you return to campus.

In addition, other thematic areas of the CORE curriculum may be satisfied through approved courses offered in off-campus programs. Both Gordon-IN-Boston and Gordon-IN-Orvieto and the Balkans Semester, for example, fulfill other thematic areas of CORE in addition to Global Understanding.

How do the credits from an off-campus program come back?
In all cases, grades and credit hours earned are reflected on your transcript. The grade is factored into your GPA if you are earning direct Gordon credit .

What are the GPA requirements?
They vary from program to program but most require a 2.5 or better. Best Semester programs usually require 2.75 with the exception of the Scholars' Semester in Oxford which requires a minimum 3.70.  Most programs weigh motivation as well as GPA. In all cases, Gordon requires a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered for participation in any off-campus program.

How do I apply?
Application for semester programs is a two-step process. 

  1. All students wishing to study off-campus must be approved by the Global Education Office.  Gordon students must submit an online seat application by:
    September 30 for Spring programs.
    March 15 for Fall programs.
    (N. B. For early admission to Best Semester programs please see individual program pages)
  2. After receiving approval from the Global Education Office, students should begin directly applying to their program.

Students applying to programs that are not Gordon-IN programs should move forward with their programs’ applications by following that program’s instructions and deadlines.

Students applying to Gordon-IN programs like Aix, Boston, Orvieto and the Balkans Semester must complete the application with the following materials:

  • two recommendations (one faculty and one student affairs)
  • a CSD Disciplinary form
  • a transcript
  • $30 application fee.

Deadlines for the receipt of these materials is:
October 15 for Spring Programs
MArch 30 for Fall Programs

To apply, go to the program’s home page and click on the link for application at left.
Gordon IN Aix
Gordon IN Boston
Gordon IN Orvieto
Balkans Semester

Application for international seminars
All Gordon students must submit an online program application and supporting materials (vary by seminar). Please see the individual seminar pages for details.

Students should read the program web pages carefully and contact the seminar leader about their interest.

What is expected of me?
Participants in Gordon IN programs are expected to be members of good standing at their home college/university and to be able to agree to the College’s statement of faith and code of conduct.  The College reserves  the right to dismiss any student who violates expectations of conduct, scholarship, or the laws of the host country.