Approval for Study Abroad
Most programs require students to have at least a 2.5 GPA in order to be considered. Some programs have higher GPA requirements. No student currently on academic probation may study abroad. Eligible students must secure approval for off-campus study before leaving UMass Boston and are urged to talk with their faculty advisor as early as possible.
You must complete a Request for Prior Approval form, in consultation with an academic advisor.
Specific course titles and credits should be indicated
You, your Department Chair, & the Transfer Credit Evaluator must sign
A Coordinator from the Study Abroad office must also sign for final approval
Completed copies must be distributed to the offices specified on the form
We've created a checklist for the study abroad planning & approval process (download here).
Accreditation and Transfer of Credits
For the credit earned to be applied toward UMass Boston degree progress, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in academic work taken off campus.
Programs that carry a U.S. accreditation qualify for credit transfer to UMass Boston. Most study abroad programs are sponsored by an American university and therefore carry that institution's accreditation.
Direct Enrollment credit transfer must be discussed and approved by a UMass Boston transfer credit evaluator
Credits are awarded to your academic record at UMass Boston, but won't affect your GPA