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Study Abroad Eligibility and Approval


At the time of application and in the semester prior to the start of the program, applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, meet the minimum Tulane and program requirements, including minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), prior coursework, full-time status and adequate progress toward graduation.

Students with holds on registration are not eligible to study abroad.

Progress Towards Graduation:

To ensure continued progress towards graduation, timely completion of general education and major requirements, and completion of eligibility requirements, all study abroad applicants are required to schedule an advising appointment with their academic adviser and major adviser(s) to discuss their course of study at Tulane and their plans to study abroad.

Any indication that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward graduation in the semester prior to studying abroad may result in revocation of approval to study abroad.

Minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA):

Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application.  Please note that the Tulane standard takes precedence in study abroad selection, even if a program provider indicates that students with a lower CGPA are eligible to apply.   In the event a program provider requires a higher CGPA than the Tulane standard, students must meet the higher standard.

Additionally, students approved to study abroad must earn a minimum of 12 credits and a GPA of 3.0 in the semester prior to studying abroad.  Failure to meet this minimum standard will result in revocation of approval to study abroad.

Core Curriculum Requirements:

Prior to studying abroad, students must complete the writing proficiency and TIDES components of the Newcomb-Tulane core curriculum.  Additionally, students who intend to study abroad prior to their fifth semester at Tulane and who have not yet completed the first-tier public service requirement must plan to complete that requirement by the end of the fifth semester.  Further questions about timelines for fulfilling core curriculum requirements should be directed to the Academic Advising Center.

Honor Code Violation:

Students who have been found guilty or who have pled guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Tulane program, nor will they receive approval or be eligible to receive transfer credit for a non-Tulane program for the same period of time.

Disciplinary Probation:

Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Newcomb-Tulane study abroad program.

Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad. 

Students who are currently on disciplinary probation and wish to submit an application for a study abroad program that will take place after their probation ends may do so.  However, such applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Tulane’s Division of Student Affairs. If the application is approved by the Tulane Study Abroad Committee, the faculty director, host institution, and/or program provider will be notified of the disciplinary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Newcomb-Tulane College to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student’s participation in a study abroad program participation in a study abroad program.

Preparation Before Departing Tulane:  Language and Culture

Tulane seeks to ensure students have a rich and immersive experience abroad. In general, Tulane students who apply to study abroad are expected to demonstrate, at a minimum, a basic knowledge or higher of the language of the host country when that language is taught at Tulane (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Haitian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Vietnamese). Additional languages can be added to the list without prior notice. This knowledge is demonstrated by successfully completing a minimum of one year or more (or the equivalent) of college-level language study before going abroad. Many programs require additional language preparation.

Current language proficiency is generally considered when reviewing applications for acceptance and approved students are expected to take one course in the target language in the semester prior to studying abroad.  Students are also expected to take a course with content pertaining to the region of the world in which they apply to study abroad.

Newcomb-Tulane College Study Abroad Committee:

The Newcomb-Tulane College Study Abroad Committee (TSAC) approves new study abroad program proposals, reviews applications to select students for study abroad, and sets academic policies for study abroad.  The Committee is the final authority on study abroad.

The Committee is composed of members representing the Schools of Liberal Arts, Science & Engineering, Business, Public Health and Architecture, as well as the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office.

The Committee’s review of applications is confidential. If a student believes there are grounds for an appeal, he/she must make an appointment with the Director of Study Abroad within one week of the date of the notification letter.