Prospective Students

Eligibility

Academic Requirements

You are eligible to participate in a study abroad program for which you meet the prerequisite course and GPA requirements. Most programs require a GPA of at least 2.5; others, such as exchange programs, require higher GPAs.* Students are not eligible to participate in a study abroad program if they are on academic probation the semester that they are applying to study abroad or the prior semester. Virtually all programs are open to juniors and seniors and many are open to sophomores.

Freshmen are first eligible to apply to study abroad for the summer term between freshman and sophomore year. Freshmen are not eligible to apply to study abroad for their first two semesters nor their first winter intersession at UConn.

Transfer students are eligible to apply to study abroad for their second term as UConn students. They will be required to submit transcripts from their previous institutions and may also be required to show midterm grades during their application process.

Graduate students are eligible to participate in our study abroad programs on a case-by-case basis. Programs that allow all graduate students to participate include UConn Education in London program, which is open to Master’s (5th) year students in the IB/M program at UConn and the Graduate Neuroscience in Salamanca program (for qualified graduate students).

If you are considering entering the Schools of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, or Business, you may want to study abroad in your second year.

Non-UConn students are eligible to participate in a number of UConn Education Abroad programs. Access the Program Search on our website to search programs open to non-UConn students.

*The UConn Connects/LSAMP in Ecuador program is the only exception to the 2.5 GPA requirement. This program is only open to students who are in the UConn Connects or LSAMP programs.

Language Requirements

Many programs are taught entirely in English. You can take language courses to learn the local language even if you’ve never studied it before. Some programs require language proficiency.

University Probation

Students who are on disciplinary probation during any point of the Education Abroad application and selection process, as well as anytime leading up to departure, are not eligible to participate in an Education Abroad program. The Dean of Students office will provide information to the Education Abroad Office regarding any violations of The Student Code, or your institution’s equivalent.