You are required to meet the GU standard of 3.0 GPA regardless of the program’s expectations, and you must meet Georgetown’s established language proficiency requirements for direct matriculation in your host country.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
About the Petition Process
If Georgetown does not offer a program that sufficiently meets your academic needs, you have the option of submitting an Independent Petition for a program that is not on the GU-approved list. In order to apply transfer credit to the Georgetown degree, an independent petition must be submitted and approved the semester prior to the intended semester or year abroad. Please note that credit earned while on a leave of absence will not transfer back to the Georgetown degree.
Before beginning an Independent Petition, students are required to make an appointment to speak with the appropriate regional advisor.
An Independent Petition will require you to do research on the host institution, program budget, academic offerings, and support services. You will also be asked to research the definition of a full courseload for the site, and other information required for evaluation and eventual transcription of credit.
While an Independent Petition does offer flexibility, students on these programs will be expected to act much more independently, as Georgetown will not have an established relationship with the host institution or program sponsor. Therefore, the requirements for Independent Petitions are often more stringent than those required for GU-approved programs. For an Independent Petition to be successful, you must make compelling academic arguments to support your choice and demonstrate that you have researched existing programs and that these will not meet your academic needs.
Please note that the follow do NOT constitute viable reasons to choose Independent Petition program:
- The desire to be in a specific location
- Lack of language proficiency (You may not go on an independent program where courses are offered entirely in English if the host country’s language of instruction is French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, or German.)
- Failure to meet the stated requirements (e.g. academic, linguistic) for a GU-approved program in the same location.
- Enrollment caps on GU-approved programs in the same location
- A personal preference for the fall or spring term.
*You may not use an Independent Petition as a back up to a GU-approved program.
*If you are pursuing an Independent Petition you are encouraged to identify an approved back-up program with the assistance of your OGE Advisor and/or Dean.
Special Considerations for Proposals for Multi-Location Programs
In keeping with the Georgetown philosophy of full integration, multi-location programs are not generally approved. You are expected to participate in a program that will allow you to gain a deep understanding of the academic system and culture of a particular city or region. If you feel that you would be best served academically by such a program, you may propose it as an Independent Petition; however, you must provide a compelling academic rationale for why this particular program model best serves your academic needs.
If you complete a petition for a program where an independent project is required, you must submit a research project proposal to OGE together with your application. This proposal must include a brief outline and reading list, as well as a letter of support from a faculty member who will serve as a remote mentor for the project while you are abroad.
If your proposed research includes interviews or substantive interaction with people overseas, you may need to secure clearance from the Georgetown University Institutional Review Board (IRB) before starting your research. The IRB is the body that assures that all research conducted by Georgetown faculty and students meets established ethical guidelines. You are encouraged to consult with your faculty mentor to determine whether review by the IRB will be necessary for their research. As this process may take several months, you are encouraged to consult with the IRB
while preparing your Independent Petition application materials.
Credit awarded for independent research will be determined by the topic you choose, your major, and what your dean feels is appropriate. In most cases, you will receive elective credit for independent research courses/projects.
As part of the Independent Petition process, you will be asked to submit a budget for your proposed program. A template is available as part of your myGUABROAD applications. You are charged GU tuition regardless of the published costs of your proposed program as you will receive GU credit upon successful completion of your program. As with other GU-approved programs, financial aid is transferable.
We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website