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How to Apply to Off-Campus Programs

Steps to Going Abroad

Step 1: Review approved programs and meet with advisor
Click here to see which programs are approved for your major. 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
Complete the application form below. 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 below and at the same time file a formal petition with the Global and Experiential Learning Office. 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.

Download the petition form ➔

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.

Your responses 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. Last Name:

2. First Name (Given Legal):

3. Middle Initial:

4. Date of application:

5. Semester:

6. Program:

7. If a petition program: Name of program and location

8. 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 in the United States

9. Gordon College ID #:

10. Gender:


11. Date of Birth:

12. Place of Birth:

13. Country of Citizenship:

14. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

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

16. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

17. Email Address:

18. Campus Mailing Address:

19. Campus Phone/Cell:

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

21. Parent/Guardian Phone:

22. Parent/Guardian Email

23. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

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

25. 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.

26. 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.?


27. 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?

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


29. Current Class Level:


30. Expected Graduation Date:

31. Major Field of Study 1:

32. Major Field of Study 2:

33. Minor Field of Study:

34. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

35. Name of Major Advisor:

36. Major Advisor’s Email:

37. Name of Faculty Reference:

38. Faculty Reference’s Email:

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

40. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

41. How does this program fulfill your academic goals? (How does it meet your curricular requirements, and in what ways would participating in this program enhance your academic department's offerings here on campus?) (approximately 250 words)

42. How would participating in this program meet your other personal and professional goals?

43. 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? (approximately 250 words)

44. 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? (approximately 250 words)

45. 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? (approximately 250 words)

46. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)