Students must be approved by Puget Sound in order to study abroad. To seek approval, students must
submit a Puget Sound Application to International Programs by the application deadline. Simply submitting
an application does not guarantee the University of Puget Sound’s approval to study abroad. The approval
process is competitive and students must make a compelling academic argument for their interest in
In order to study abroad through the University of Puget Sound, a student must meet the following
Application for Study Abroad
In order to provide the best service to students planning to study abroad, and to ensure that students make
normal progress toward their degree, students should follow these steps to prepare to apply to study abroad:
The University of Puget Sound has a policy for cancellation or withdrawal of approval of study abroad programs based on security and/or health risks. Students should check with the Office of International Programs for details of the policy.
Transfer students must complete one year in residence before studying abroad for a semester and must be
enrolled on campus the semester when applying and the semester before going abroad.
Fall and Spring Programs
Regardless of the program, all students are charged:
Federal and State Financial Aid
For eligible students, this aid may be used for Puget Sound study abroad programs. Work study does not apply.
Puget Sound Scholarships and Grants
Available for use on study abroad programs to students who demonstrate financial need.
Determining Financial Need
Student financial need is determined by subtracting Expected Family Contributions (EFC) from the cost of
Summer Study Abroad Programs
All students participating in summer study abroad programs will be billed for their program costs through
Puget Sound. Students will pay:
If the summer study abroad program is worth two or more academic units, students may be eligible
to borrow up to 1/3 of their federal loans for the academic year. No institutional aid is available for
summer study abroad.To apply for summer financial aid, complete the Summer AFA (found on the Office
of International Programs website and the Student Financial Services website).
Study Abroad Transfer Credit
In order to determine the credits a student may receive from a study abroad program, students must
complete a study abroad course evaluation form. Official transfer credit decisions are made by the Transfer
Evaluator in the Office of the Registrar (Jones Hall, room 13). Faculty advisors can give students quality
academic and vocational advice, but final transfer credit determinations for any particular study abroad class
will be provided in writing from the Transfer Evaluator after the student submits a Study Abroad Course Evaluation Request form. Students should submit a completed form to the Transfer Evaluator well in advance of the program start date and on or before the deadline listed on the International Programs website.
Students are encouraged to talk to their faculty advisor and can meet with the Transfer Evaluator if they
have further questions.
Extending Study Abroad
Students wanting to extend their study abroad program must request approval for an extension in writing
and have the extension request reviewed by the International Education Committee. Requests for an
extension will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Study Abroad Withdrawal and Cancellation
Cancellation of Program:
In the event a program is canceled, students may be eligible for a refund less any non-recoverable costs, pro-rated based on the date of the program cancellation. Puget Sound and the program provider will work together to offer alternate arrangements for continuation of your studies.
After the last day to add classes at Puget Sound, students cannot return to Puget Sound to start the
semester. Also, student loan repayments may begin if a student is not enrolled for a period of time longer
than 6 months.
Prior to studying abroad, all Puget Sound students must attend a pre-departure session and submit all
required forms and documents.
Student Housing While Studying Abroad
All Puget Sound students, on any program, must stay in program-approved housing. Students are not
permitted to find their own accommodations or independent housing while abroad. Some programs allow
students to seek their own accommodations outside the housing provided by the study abroad program
either at the beginning of the program of after completing some portion of the program. This is not
permitted for Puget Sound students.
Student Code of Conduct Abroad
All Puget Sound students sign a student agreement before studying abroad. Students must abide by the
student agreement. Violation of the student agreement will result in removal from the program. Consistent with the educational objectives of these programs, student participants are expected to exhibit sensitivity to host culture, to respect and observe local laws, and to conduct themselves in ways that demonstrate a high regard for the intellectual and cultural experience in which they are engaged. The University of Puget Sound or its agent reserves the right to dismiss any participant for reasons of unacceptable personal behavior or inadequate academic participation. Such dismissal will be without refund, return transportation will be at the student’s expense, and the student’s parent/guardian may be informed of the student’s dismissal.
Adding a Program to the Approved Program List
If a desired program is not a Puget Sound Approved Program; the student must first discuss procedures and the timeline for adding a program in advance with the Director of International Programs. The student should then consult with a faculty member whose field of expertise aligns with the central purpose of the desired program or of the student’s prospective foreign study. The student should expect to do background research on the program and should be prepared to make a case to the faculty member for adding the program to the university’s approved list. A faculty member may also propose a program in her or his areas of expertise without a specific student request. Either a student or a faculty member may contact the Director of International Programs at any time for details about the process of proposing a new program. The application deadline is October 1 the year prior to participation in the study abroad program. In all cases, proposals for adding a program to the approved list must be completed and approval granted before any student undertakes study in that program.
Upon receiving a positive recommendation from an appropriate faculty member and any accompanying
materials, the Director of International Programs will request a report from the Office of the Registrar on
the program. The Director may consult with appropriate department chairs or others knowledgeable about the quality of study abroad programs. The Director will then make a recommendation for approval or non-approval to the International Education Committee (IEC) and the Associate Dean, pointing out any particular strengths or concerns. Any foreign language or literature instruction course in the proposed study abroad program must have the approval of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department.
The IEC and the Associate Dean will review the proposal and the program, applying the following
When evaluating a proposed study abroad program the IEC will consider, wherever possible, qualifications of instructors and the director of the program, course syllabi and other curriculum documents, the accrediting institution, facilities, opportunities for interaction with the host culture, and health and safety issues.
Residence Credit and Study Abroad
Students graduating from the University of Puget Sound must satisfy residence requirements to include
the completion, in residence, of at least 16 total units, the last 8 units, 4 units in a major, and 3 units in
a minor. Students participating in approved study abroad programs may apply their approved program
courses to university residence requirements. Some majors and minor, however, have published
restrictions in the Bulletin on the amount of transfer credit applicable to a major and minor.
All students going on study abroad programs are required to attend a pre-departure session during the
semester prior to studying abroad.
In the spirit of providing our students with the most comprehensive information on our study abroad
programs, and recognizing the invaluable perspectives possessed by program participants, the university
requires all returning study abroad students to complete an evaluation of their program. These evaluations
not only serve as valuable resources to prospective study abroad students as they research their options,
but they also provide essential information to the Office of International Programs for monitoring the
quality of these programs. For these reasons, returning study abroad students are required to submit an
evaluation of their program to the Office of International Programs the semester they return to campus.
If the evaluation is not received by mid-term of the semester following the return to campus, the Director
of International Programs may request of the Registrar that a hold be placed on the student’s registration,
academic record, or diploma.