Saint Joseph's University students who wish to attend a university or study abroad program that is not currently affiliated with or approved by SJU and therefore not recognized for academic credit must petition the Center for International Programs through the on-line application system. Please note that this is only an option for students who have specific academic needs that can not be met on any of the current Saint Joseph’s approved programs
; petitions for programs that are largely duplicate to, or are in enrollment competition with, existing Saint Joseph’s programs, reciprocal university exchanges, or recognized affiliated programs in the same city or country are not normally approved.
Before beginning an application, we strongly advise students to carefully research program options. Students can browse through the brochures available in the CIP office, meet with a CIP advisor, or they can research programs independently. While we do not endorse IIEpassport.org
, these sites have been useful to previous SJU students when researching study abroad programs.
The petition process generally consists of the following:
- Four short essays (required of ALL semester abroad applicants)
- 500-word petition essay describing your specific academic interest in your program and how it will help you achieve your goals
- Two faculty recommendations from professors who have taught you in class (required of ALL semester abroad applicants)
- Academic Advisor recommendation
- Completed Course Approval Equivalency Form
Detailed instructions and necessary forms will be provided through the on-line application.
Before preparing a petition, the student should consult with the CIP and their Academic Advisor to discuss their specific interest in the program and how it will fit into their academic plans. It is also suggested that the student discuss a "backup plan" in the event the petition is not approved.
A committee reviews completed petitions on a rolling basis and makes a recommendation to the CIP to either approve or reject the petition. Petitions are judged on the merit of the student’s academic objectives in relation to specific study abroad opportunities for which they are seeking approval, and petitioners are expected to have superior grades and sound academic preparation. It is important to note that, per the Semester Abroad Policy, a limited number of applications will be approved each semester. This includes petitions. Students who are not approved for a certain semester due to space will be deferred to the following semester.
If the student’s petition is approved, the student’s study abroad program will be administered by Saint Joseph’s University in the same way as all other study abroad programs and the student must pay Saint Joseph’s tuition. Please review the SJU Semester Abroad Policy
for more information regarding costs associated with semester abroad. It is the student's responsibility to make their chosen program aware of this policy.
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit your program's website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate
of your host country as well as the cost of living
in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program
' Search to apply to this grant.
SJU Academic Department Scholarships
Depending on your major, you may be eligible for a study abroad scholarship through your academic department. Please inquire with your academic department.
Study Abroad Program Scholarships
Depending on your study abroad program, you may be eligible for a study abroad scholarship through your study abroad program, please contact the program for more information.
Things to Remember Before Applying
- You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application.
- A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
- Your program will likely require a separate application, with materials to be submitted directly to them. It is your responsibility to follow their procedures and deadlines.
- If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice.