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What are the Qualifications to Study Abroad? (GPA, etc.)

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posted Dec 7, 2018 by Richard

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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.
answer Dec 10, 2018 by Lita