Read these critical guidelines for selecting a Goucher-sponsored study abroad program to ensure that you have followed all appropriate Goucher College and Office of International Studies (OIS) policies. Please make certain that you understand everything thoroughly and be aware that this process takes effort, motivation, and patience.
If you have any questions after reading this information, attending the Study Abroad 101 session, or searching for a program, please make an appointment with OIS. Our best advice to you is to start this process at least one year in advance so that you can meet all requirements, confirm your eligibility, and make all deadlines.
Step1: Attend a Study Abroad 101 Session
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00 - 4:30 pm
OIS Conference Room: Pearlstone 101-5
All students who study abroad are required to attend a Study Abroad 101 session in OIS. Led by Returnee Goucher Study Abroad Students, the session lasts approximately 30 minutes followed by the oppurtunity to talk one-on-one with Goucher students who have gone abroad. Study Abroad 101 covers topics such as how to explore program options, apply for a study abroad program, obtain academic credit for study abroad, and organize financial matters. After attending a Study Abroad 101 Session, students are invited to come to walk in advising hours in OIS.
Step 2: Research All Program Options and Determine the "Right" Fit
OIS encourages you to explore all of Goucher College’s study abroad programs— semester, yearlong, and Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs). As you research program options, complete this profile and bring it with you to your walk in advising session.
Step 3: Meet Eligibility
Before studying abroad, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Class standing: You must declare a major before being eligible to study abroad. The norm for Goucher semester and academic year programs is for students to complete two years on campus before going abroad. OIS cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
- GPA: Semester or academic year program GPA requirements vary, but usually range from 2.5 to 3.6. Students with a GPA lower than the one required will need to submit a petition prior to receiving an application. Students on academic probation are ineligible to study abroad on any program.
- Language requirements: If you would like to study abroad on a semester/academic year program in a location where courses are taught in the target language, you must meet appropriate requirements. For semester programs, you should be enrolled in the foreign language the semester before departing and meet program-specific requirements. Typically, students must have at least four college semesters or the equivalent to participate in a foreign language program.
If you are majoring in a foreign language, you must spend a semester in a Goucher program: Cordorba, Argentina or Alicante, Spain for Spanish, Eberhard Karls Universitat or Luneburg, Germany for German (for German minors), and the Paris Gateway Program or IFE for French.
You must also complete a Foreign Language Certification Form as part of the application process for semester programs. OIS will supply this form within the application packet. This form is comprised of an oral interview with an appropriate member of the foreign language department. OIS cannot accept a student into a foreign language program without the necessary department approval.
- Disciplinary status: You must submit a Disciplinary Records Release Form, which must be completed by the Dean of Students. OIS will supply this form to the student within the application packet. OIS reviews the release form and reserves the right to deny acceptance to any students who have problematic disciplinary histories. Students currently on disciplinary probation or disciplinary suspension are not eligible to apply to study abroad and should wait until the terms of their probation or suspension have been satisfactorily completed before submitting an application to OIS. OIS also reserves the right to withdraw students from a program if their disciplinary history changes after completing the application process.
Step 4: Follow All College Policies for Studying Abroad
- OIS deadlines: If you participate in a Goucher semester, summer, or winter study abroad program, you are required to fill out an application from OIS and meet all OIS deadlines. You must attend walk in advising to receive an application.
- Credit policies:
- Twelve of the last 24 credit hours must be completed at Goucher unless granted an exception with the approval of the major department and the associate dean for undergraduate studies. Exceptions may be granted for approved summer courses and study-abroad programs or other programs. These approved non-Goucher credits shall ordinarily be completed within two semesters following the petition date to avoid withdrawal from the college. Contact the Registrar's Office for approval of specific non-Goucher courses.
- All classes taken abroad must be taken for a letter grade—Pass/Fail is not an option.
- If you are studying abroad for a semester, you must take a minimum of 12 Goucher credits and maintain full-time student status.
- All classes you take while abroad must be pre-approved by the department chair and your academic advisor. You will fill out a Course Approval Form as part of your OIS application.
- You will receive Goucher credit for your approved coursework. Your coursework will appear on your transcript and go into your GPA.
- Financial aid and scholarships: You can utilize institutional aid for Goucher semester or academic year programs. If you have federal aid, you must take at least 12 credits. The Financial Aid and Scholarships page provides further details.
Step 5: Choose Your Program
After research and careful consideration, it is now time to make your program selection and meet with an OIS advisor. Be sure to take note of all OIS deadlines. OIS recommends meeting with your academic advisor to discuss the courses you intend to take and how they will count towards your degree—It is imperative that you have support from your academic advisor. Meet with
Step 6: Submit an OIS Application
Meet with the appropriate advisor during walk in advising to receive access to an application. If your application is approved, you will receive an approval letter and packet within 3-4 weeks of the application deadline. If you do not meet all the necessary criteria, you will receive a letter stating that you have not been approved.
If, after exploring all Goucher-sponsored study abroad programs, you do not find one that meets your needs and interests, please contact the Office of International Studies for additional support.