Eligibility Requirements

For Emory semester programs, Emory College Study Abroad requires students to:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (some programs may require higher GPA)

  • be in good academic standing and remain in good academic standing

  • enroll full-time at Emory (or accredited institution for visiting students) the semester prior to the study abroad term

  • have completed 3 semesters of college-level work, which must have been completed in residence on a college and/or university campus

  • complete program-specific pre-requisities (some programs may require a higher GPA, language courses, or other area studies pre-requisites)

GPA Waiver

Students with a GPA below 3.0 might be allowed to petition to apply to certain programs. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss their interest in study abroad and to explore their program options. The following criteria are considered when assessing an application for acceptance:

  • Clear articulation of how the study abroad program fits into the student's academic goals at Emory (in the study abroad essay)

  • Strong grades in courses relevant to the study abroad program (language, area studies, other courses with relevant content to the program)

  • GPA in the academic major/minor (weighs higher than overall GPA)

  • Academic improvement over past two semesters (weighs higher than a low GPA freshman year or poor performance in 1-2 courses)

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members indicating positive academic performance in recent courses. (If your application already requires two letters of recommendation, you do NOT need two additional letters; if your application does not require letters, then you need to submit two letters.)

  • Address your request for a waiver in your study abroad essay. Give specific reasons that support your application to study abroad despite not meeting the GPA requirement.