Study Abroad

Petitions

Students may submit a study abroad petition for one of three reasons:

  1. To waive the University's 3.0 GPA requirement for study abroad

  2. To study abroad with a non-affiliated program

  3. To receive a second semester of IWU financial aid for study abroad


Petitions to Waive the GPA Requirement

A student who does not feel that his or her cumulative GPA is an accurate reflection of ability to successfully study abroad or who has a compelling academic need to study abroad despite a lower GPA may petition to have the requirement waived.

The petition consists of the following:

This should outline your academic qualifications to study abroad and explain why your cumulative GPA is not an adequate or accurate reflection of your academic abilities.

  • A Statement of Support from an appropriate faculty member

In this Statement, the faculty member should discuss your academic qualifications and outline why you are a good study abroad candidate.  This statement may be submitted by the student in a sealed envelope or sent directly from the chair to the International Office director by campus mail or email.

The completed appeal must be submitted to the director of the International Office, who will forward it to the Academic Exceptions Committee for consideration.

If the petition is granted, you may then proceed with the application process, but you are still bound by the program’s own requirements.  If the petition is not granted, you will not receive University approval to study abroad and may not participate in the program for IWU credit.

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Petitions to Study Abroad With a Non-affiliated Program

Given the breadth of our offerings, IWU policy generally requires that students study through a pre-approved program (see the list of Programs).  If, however, a student has a compelling academic reason to wish to study through a non-affiliated program, he or she may submit a petition to do so.

The petition to study abroad with a non-affiliated program consists of the following:

This statement should offer a detailed discussion of each of the following items: (a) courses you plan to take at proposed study abroad program; (b) the coursework offered by relevant affiliated programs describing why those options do not meet your academic needs; and (c) how your proposed course of study with the non-affiliated program fits into your course of study at IWU.

  • A Statement of Support from the department/program chair

This letter should endorse the proposed study abroad program and compare its academic caliber to IWU and its affiliated study abroad programs. This statement may be submitted by the student in a sealed envelope or sent directly from the chair to the director of the International Office by campus mail or email.

  • Program Information

Provide a program brochure or materials from the program website that offers an overview of the program’s academics, housing, and most importantly how the program is accredited in the United States.

The completed appeal must be submitted to the director of the International Office, who will forward it to the Academic Exceptions Committee for consideration.

If the petition is granted, you may then proceed with the application process and credit will be granted for academic work done abroad.  If the petition is not granted, you may not participate in the program for IWU credit.  You would, however, have the option of applying to another, approved study abroad program.

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Petitions to Apply IWU Financial Aid to a Second Semester Abroad

Students with a compelling academic reason may petition to have their IWU financial aid applied to a second semester of study abroad. 

The petition consists of the following:

This statement should outline the following: (a) the academic reasons for participation in an additional study abroad experience or a second semester of study in a single location; (b) how participation in the program aids, or at least does not impede, timely progress toward graduation; and (c) the proposed coursework.

  • A Statement of Support from your academic advisor

This letter should address the following: (a) discuss the academic need for an additional semester abroad; (b) verify that participation does not interfere with the student’s timely progress to graduation; and (c) give approval for the student’s proposed coursework.  This statement may be submitted by the student in a sealed envelope or sent directly from the chair to the director of the International Office by campus mail or email.

The petition must be submitted to the director of the International Office, who will forward it to the director of the Financial Aid office and meet with the Financial Aid Committee to determine eligibility.

Once it has been determined that a student is filing an appeal for an additional experience, any University grant or scholarship money the student is receiving will be suspended for the semester in question until a decision is made regarding the appeal.  If the appeal is approved, the grant money will be restored for that semester; if the appeal is denied, no change will then need to be made.  If your appeal is denied and you decide not to study abroad, the grant or scholarship money will be restored.

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