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To be eligible to study abroad at DU, you must be in good academic and judicial standing with the University. Additional eligibility requirements vary according to the program category and requirements of the host institution/program.
DU Partner Programs
DU has partnerships with approximately 150 study abroad programs and universities around the world. Programs are categorized as Foundational, Language, Specialized or Exchange. Applicants to Exchange programs must plan to study abroad for an academic year. Applicants to Foundational, Specialized or Language programs may only apply for one term, though in limited cases students may be permitted to extend to an academic year after the program has begun.
Foundational programs are primarily direct relationships with English-speaking universities (usually in English-speaking countries). These programs will have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, dependent on the host university's requirements. In most cases, DU students will be assured of a placement on a Foundational program, provided that they fulfill requirements and are approved by the host institution. Click here for a list of foundational programs.
Language programs are those in which students generally take six quarter credits or more of language credit. These programs will also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. If the language is taught at DU, students will be required to have completed DU's language requirement prior to participation on the program (many programs/host universities will have higher language requirements). If the language is not taught at DU, students will be encouraged when possible to begin language study either independently or through our Center for World Languages and Cultures prior to study abroad.
Specialized programs will offer a more specialized academic or curricular focus. The minimum GPA for these programs will be 3.3 to 3.5, and students must demonstrate a specific academic rationale for nomination to the program. Some specialized programs require that applicants have a specific major or minor, while others list preferred majors/ minors. Certain specialized programs may also have langague requirements and/ or offer significant language study opportunities.
Exchanges are our reciprocal relationships with universities around the world, and students who participate on exchanges will be required to study abroad for an academic year.
You can find each program's specific eligibility requirements and program category on the DU Program Summaries.
Unaffiliated program refers to any program with which DU does not have a formal arrangement or partnership. There are thousands! We provide you with a lot of information here about the different things you should consider when selecting an unaffiliated study abroad program. Read up! It will only take a few minutes of your time and save you a lot of time and trouble later on as you begin your search.
To be eligible to study abroad on an unaffiliated program, you must meet that program's specific eligibility requirements. Check to see what GPA is required, whether any language proficiency is needed, etc.
Once you've found a program—and before you apply—you must obtain approval from DU to accept the credits from the school or program. You do this by submitting an Unaffiliated Pre-approval form to the DU Office of International Education (OIE). Pre-approval verifies the accreditation of your proposed program - you will have specific classes approved by academic departments as part of your DU application.