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How to Apply to Off-Campus Programs

Steps to Going Abroad

Step 1: Review approved programs and meet with your advisor
Click here to see which programs are approved for your major. Review programs and read the GEO's Frequently Asked Questions. Then determine how study abroad fits into your four-year plan and which course requirements you might need to fulfill while abroad by meeting with your advisor.

Step 2: Select a Program
Confirm that you meet the program requirements.

Step 3: Submit a Seat Application on Horizons - the GEO's application management system
Once you apply, wait to hear from the GEO on approval and program costs.

Please note: You may not apply directly to a program until you have been approved by the GEO to study abroad.


Seat applications for all fall and spring semester programs must be submitted online by March 1.
*Students applying for the spring Orvieto program must submit online applications by September 30.

Qualifications & Preparing to travel

To be eligible to study abroad you must:

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  2. Have Sophomore standing or above
  3. Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity 

After you have been accepted, we will help you prepare for your study abroad experience. Through preparatory dialogue and ongoing reflection, we will help you make the most out of your experience. All students studying abroad will be required to participate in a day-long pre-departure and post-return course.

Financial Aid
Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's institutional aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after approval from the GEO.  Factors in the aid reassessment will include financial need and program cost. Note: Students receive their regular financial aid award for a semester in Orvieto or the Balkans.

Studying at Non-Approved programs

Students are allowed to petition to study at non-approved programs. Students whose applications are approved through the petition process below will be billed Gordon College tuition room, board, and fees. Institutional aid will be capped at a 25% discount rate.

Gordon College reserves the right to deny approval for student study that the Dean of Global and Experiential Learning 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.

Students must first fill out the online seat application in Horizons and follow the petition program instructions, in order to file a formal petition to the GEO. The deadline for filing both the seat application and the petition is March 1 for both fall and spring semester 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.

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