You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. You may still apply to study abroad if your GPA is between 2.0 and 2.5, but you must complete these additional requirements:
- Meet with a study abroad adviser to discuss academic and personal preparedness to study abroad.
- Ask your school representative to submit a "GPA letter of explanation,” or a written endorsement of your study abroad plans.
- Submit a letter of recommendation.
- Submit an additional essay, which should explain why your GPA is below 2.5 and include: how your GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance, a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or courses (which are apparent in their course choices at Northwestern, extracurricular activities, application essays, etc.), and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad during the term(s) indicated.