Policies and Procedures


  • You must officially declare a major before you can study abroad.
  • Speak with your academic advisor about how you plan to complete major and graduation requirements.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be granted permission to study abroad. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, a faculty committee will evaluate your application to determine whether an exception is warranted.
  • Students on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension, or with other serious disciplinary records, are not eligible for study abroad.
  • Semesters abroad are NOT COVERED by PC employee tuition remission or tuition exchange benefit programs.
  • Students with delinquent accounts are not eligible for study abroad.


  • For Fall semester or academic year: March 15th
  • For Spring semester: October 1st


  • If you do not have a passport, begin applying immediately – it can be a lengthy process. If you have a passport, make sure it is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your program; if it is not, you should begin the renewal process immediately.


  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to discuss the financial aid implications of studying abroad. PC aid may only be applied to Exchange Programs. Be sure to learn the financial logistics involved.


*All students are required to apply online through the AbroadOffice system here.

  • Study Abroad Application

  • Statement of Purpose essay – Addressing the following questions (2-3 pages): What are your specific academic goals, and how do you plan to achieve them through participation in a study abroad program? Why are you interested in studying abroad in this particular country and on this particular program? How will your choice of major(s) impact your study abroad experience?

  • Two Faculty Recommendations: Recommendation forms should be completed by faculty members who can attest to your qualifications for successful completion of a program of study abroad.

  • Transcript: You must submit an Official Transcript Request Form to the Registrar. If you believe there is a need to explain any portion of your academic record (e.g., incompletes, withdrawals, abnormally low grades), attach a separate sheet with the explanation.


  • Letter of Approval – You must be selected to apply to a Presbyterian College Semester Abroad Program and be given a Letter of Approval to send your application materials to the university abroad. If you apply to a program without official approval from the Office of International Programs (OIP), your credits from the outside program may not transfer to PC.

  • Enrollment forms– These forms will be available to you once your application has been approved in the AbroadOffice system.

  • Study Abroad Program Fee – If you are accepted by the program for which you applied, you will be charged PC’s tuition and fees. Students are also responsible for a $300 program fee which will be billed to the student by PC. This fee is non-refundable. You are responsible for the application fee and any additional program costs such as airfare to the program site, visa fees, personal expenses, etc.

  • Study Abroad Insurance Fee- All PC study abroad students will be enrolled in PC’s international health insurance plane. Students are responsible for a $300 insurance fee which will be billed to the student by PC. This insurance is mandatory for all students studying abroad at PC.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE – Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation before leaving campus. These are held in November and April. You will be contacted with specific dates.

  • Contact Information – It is extremely important that your promptly inform OIP of any change in mailing address, e-mail address, or telephone numbers (college, local, summer, or permanent).