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Program Petition
Washington, DC, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Program Description:

Petitioning a Non-GW Approved Program


The Office for Study Abroad provides students with a list of approved study abroad programs.  These programs have been assessed for compatibility with the educational expectations and academic requirements of The George Washington University.  As such, students interested in attending a program not on GW's list of approved study abroad programs may petition that program, but must provide substantial documentation. 

In the petition application, students should make a strong and clear argument about the unique academic reasons that the petitioned program meets their individual priorities.  In addition, students should demonstrate that they have researched all related GW Approved programs and state specific reasons why such programs do not meet their individual goals.  Petition decisions are based on the merits of each student's individual and unique arguments.  

Eligibility

Students submitting a petition must:

  1. Have a 2.75 GPA
  2. Completed 45 credits
  3. Be in good judicial and academic standing
  4. Have a declared major
  5. Completed Study Abroad Approval Form
  6. Identified an accredited program which allows a student to earn a minimum of  15 credits for a semester and 30 credits for a year
  7. Meet any additional eligibility requirements for the program under consideration

Application Process & Deadlines

To petition a program, a student must send an email to the regional OSA advisor through the staff page of this site and make an appointment.  The OSA advisor will then contact the student via email with general questions for the advising appointment.  During the advising appointment, the student discusses his/her program of interest and receives online access to proceed with the Study Abroad Petition Application.

Petitions are NOT reviewed on a rolling basis, but instead are assessed once a semester by the Study Abroad Academic Advisory Committee.  Students must submit their Petition Application by midnight on the deadline day listed below.  The Study Abroad Advisory Committee will then review the applications and send notification of the decisions to the students.  Petition applications are not guaranteed, and every student should apply to a GW-approved program as a back up

Students whose petitions are approved should follow the remaining study abroad deadlines and policies as outlined on the OSA website and materials.  Please note that GW's policies regarding program fees, application of GW financial assistance and scholarships, and credit requirements remain in effect for approved petitions.

 Desired Study Abroad Semester

 Deadline for Petition

 Decision Notification Sent

 Fall 2015 or All Year 2015-2016

 February 27, 2015

 March 30, 2015

 Spring 2016

 September 28, 2015

 October 26, 2015

Review Criteria

The main criteria on which each petition is assessed are:

  • Program relevance to the student's academic objectives
  • Uniqueness of program compared to similar programs on GW Approved list

Additional criteria for petition review include:

  • Academic character of the experience
  • Security conditions of the program site
  • Level of cultural immersion, integration, language instruction, and course offerings
  • Program academic and support services
  • Program infrastructure, including facilities and housing