Study Abroad FAQ
Who must fulfill the study abroad requirement?
All degree-seeking students who begin their studies at Goucher as first-year students must fulfill the requirement.
Transfer and international students, please see the next question.
What if I am a transfer or international student?
All transfer students who have studied abroad prior to enrolling at Goucher (for which at least three credits are accepted by Goucher) will have satisfied the study abroad requirement upon enrollment.
All students are expected to make a good-faith effort to complete the study abroad requirement. However, students who are citizens of a country other than the United States, whose primary residence is in that country, and who completed their high school degree outside the U.S. may petition the director of OIS for an exemption from the study abroad requirement. This request will be reviewed in consultation with Goucher’s International Student Advisor and Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning. Appeals may be made to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, whose decision shall be final. The grounds for such appeal will be that the procedures described in this policy were not followed, and the failure to follow procedure may have affected the outcome of the final decision; or that substantive new information that was not reasonably available at the time of the decision has now become available and may change the outcome of the final decision. Students who are granted an exemption will be required to substitute a minimum three-credit off-campus academic experience in lieu of the study abroad requirement.
What do I need to do to satisfy the study abroad requirement?
You need to study abroad in a Goucher-sanctioned program at some point during your undergraduate career at Goucher.
You may do this through one of the many study-abroad programs offered through Goucher's Office of International Studies—including any of our three-week Intensive Courses Abroad or any semester or academic-year program.
You may also complete an international internship for credit. The Office of International Studies currently offers internship-based study-abroad programs in various countries. Some students also complete internships abroad independent of these programs; these are coordinated jointly through Goucher's Office of International Studies and Career Education Office.
Are there any exceptions to the study abroad requirement?
Because there are exceptions to every rule, we can't say no unequivocally. But we have made study abroad a required part of our curriculum because we believe it is integral to a complete liberal arts education. We expect every student who enrolls in Goucher College to do so with the full understanding that study abroad is a requirement for graduation, and we will expect every student to fulfill it.
What accommodations are available for study abroad programs?
Can I study abroad as a first-year student? When do most students study abroad?
Some of our language-based three-week Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs) are open to first-year students who have placed into the appropriate level. However, most ICAs require sophomore standing, and all semester and academic-year programs require applicants to have completed at least three semesters in college residence. Most students study abroad for the semester or year as juniors.