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Policies and Requirements

Student Policies/Requirements to participate on an MTSU Education Abroad program.  Please click on policy below for details.




GPA Requirement Policy
The minimum grade point average for participation on an MTSU education abroad approved programming is:

• 2.0 overall combined for summer or other short term;
• 2.5 overall combined for semester/academic year;
• Exceptions can be requested using the official petition form submitted through Office of Education Abroad and the Vice Provost for International Affairs.  Consideration is only for participants whose GPA is within range of achieving the minimum GPA prior to the actual departure of the program.

In addition to GPA criteria, an MTSU Judicial Affairs check will be required for each education abroad participant.  The Office of Education Abroad and/or Vice Provost for International Affairs can also deny a student’s participation based on behavior reports/removal from a previous education abroad program.


Transfer Student Eligibility Policy
Transfer students who have not yet completed a term at MTSU who wish to apply for an education abroad program must also meet the following criteria in order to participate. 

• transferred at least 6 credit hours to MTSU
• a transfer GPA of at least a 2.500 for ALL programs
• applied to MTSU and has been accepted as a degree-seeking MTSU student
• does not have a judicial affairs record from transfer institution


Education Abroad Fee Policy
All Education Abroad participants pay a $50 Education Abroad Administrative fee to the Office of Education Abroad per program. This fee contributes to the broad range of services available to the participant before, during, and after the program including but not limited to advising, application processing, orientations, emergency support, maintaining MTSU student status while abroad, and transcript processing. 


Travel Advisory/Warning Policy
The Tennessee Board of Regents and MTSU do not permit travel to countries or portions of countries where the U.S. Department of State currently advises against travel or tourism by Americans.  The U.S. Department of State maintains current Travel Warnings on their website.


Transfer Credit Policy
Students participating on semester and academic year education abroad programs are permitted to transfer a maximum equivalence of 18 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students participating on summer education abroad programs are permitted to transfer a maximum equivalence of 12 U.S. credit hours for the entire summer term.


Non-MTSU Student Policy
The majority of education abroad programs are meant for degree-seeking MTSU students.  Any Non-MTSU student (including MTSU students who will graduate before the program departure) who wants to participate on an education abroad program (academic or non-academic) should speak to the Office of Education Abroad in Peck Hall, Room 207 regarding possible options.  
If approved, non-degree seeking and/or non-MTSU students must follow the same procedures and policies as degree-seeking MTSU students with regards to their education abroad program (i.e. completion of required forms, participation in the pre-departure orientation, etc).
Non-degree seeking and/or non-MTSU students do not qualify for any MTSU funding, including the tuition discount for Faculty-Led programs.


Disciplinary Issues Policy
All education abroad participants must follow the same guidelines/policies provided by the MTSU Judicial Affairs Office while on-campus.  Any education abroad student who is involved in a disciplnary issue abroad will also face possible sanctions after returning home, including revocation of the Education Abroad scholarship or referral of the case to the University’s judicial board depending upon the severity of the charge.

Excerpt from Judicial Affairs documentation to education abroad participants:
“It means that even when you are not physically on campus we still hold you accountable for your actions.  You are an MTSU student no matter where you go or what you do.  You are part of our Blue Raider community and we expect you to act as such and represent MTSU to the very best of your ability. In laymen’s terms it means you can get in trouble with MTSU if you do anything illegal or violate one of MTSU’s policies while you are studying abroad.  Being out of the country does not mean you are no longer accountable for your actions.  Messing up abroad CAN mess up things here and possibly affect your status as a student.”


Non-MTSU Affiliated Programs
Policy coming soon...