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How to Apply to Off-Campus Programs

Steps to Going Abroad

Step 1: Meet with your Advisor
Determine how study abroad fits into your four-year plan and which course requirements you might need to fulfill while abroad.

Step 2: Find a Program
Search our list of programs that are available to everyone or that are approved for your major. Confirm that you meet the program requirements.

Step 3: Submit a Seat Application
Fill out the application form found on the web page of the program you are interested in and schedule an interview* with the Global Education Office.
*SPRING 2019 APPLICANTS: The GEO will contact you if an interview is necessary.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the application process for your program. Take note of program-specific deadlines as well as Global Ed deadlines.

Notify the GEO of your acceptance to your program and make sure to meet deadlines and submit all subsequent paperwork given by the GEO. Failure to do so may result in losing your spot to study abroad. 


Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 1. We require all students approved to study abroad to apply to their program by March 31 and send confirmation of their application to the GEO.

Seat applications and interviews for spring semester programs must be submitted online by September 30*. We require all students approved to study abroad to apply to their program by October 30 and send confirmation of their application to the GEO.
*SPRING 2019 APPLICANTS: Seat applications are due by Wednesday, September 12 this year. Applications received after 11:59 pm on September 12 will not be considered.

Qualifications & Preparing to travel

To be eligible to study abroad you must:

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  2. Have at least Sophomore standing at time of application
  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
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.

Studying at Non-Approved programs

Students are allowed to petition to study at non-approved programs. All students accepted to petition/non-approved programs will pay Gordon College tuition room, board and fees, but will not be able to receive any institutional aid for that semester. 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.

Students must first fill out the online seat application at the bottom of this page and at the same time file a formal petition with the Global Education Office. 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.

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.

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. Semester:

3. Program:

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

5. If not approved to study abroad in your preferred semester, please specify an alternate semester.

6. If your preferred semester is the ONLY semester you can go, please explain.

7. 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

8. Last Name:

9. First Name (Given Legal):

10. Middle Initial:

11. Gordon College ID #:

12. Gender:


13. Date of Birth:

14. Place of Birth:

15. Country of Citizenship:

16. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

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

18. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

19. Email Address:

20. Campus Mailing Address:

21. Campus Phone/Cell:

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

23. Parent/Guardian Phone:

24. Parent/Guardian Email

25. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

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

27. 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.

28. 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.?


29. 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?

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


31. Current Class Level:


32. Expected Graduation Date:

33. Major Field of Study 1:

34. Major Field of Study 2:

35. Minor Field of Study:

36. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

37. Name of Major Advisor:

38. Major Advisor’s Email:

39. Name of Faculty Reference:

40. Faculty Reference’s Email:

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

42. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

43. 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)

44. 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)

45. 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)

46. 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? (250 word minimum)

47. 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?)