Eligibility for Study Abroad
Any student in good academic standing is potentially eligible to study abroad. However, there are policies and other considerations that help determine whether and when you may study abroad. Many of the items listed below are only policy guidelines; consequently you should NOT assume that you would be automatically prevented from studying abroad if one or more of these eligibility restrictions were to apply to you. We always consider special cases, so please arrange an Advising Session with the Director of Study Abroad if you would like to discuss your specific situation.
General Eligibility Criteria
- GPA. While exceptions are sometimes granted, the minimum overall GPA requirement to study abroad ranges between 2.75 and 3.0 or higher, depending on the program. For questions on specific situations, please schedule an Advising Session with the Director of Study Abroad.
- At least one semester of grades on your Baruch transcript. To be eligible to study abroad, students must have at least one semester of grades on their Baruch transcript.
- Graduating seniors. Students may not study abroad in the same semester they plan to graduate. However, students may petition to apply to study abroad in what would have been their final semester at Baruch. Please note: If you are approved to study abroad in what would have been your final semester, you will be required to delay your graduation by at least one graduation cycle, to ensure that your credits and grades can be posted in time for your final graduation audit.
- Studying abroad in your home country. Sometimes students wish to study abroad in their home country for various reasons. Baruch College normally allows this only if you have been living outside your home country for at least five years.
In addition to these general criteria, some policies apply to specific categories of students.
First-year students must complete at least one semester of full-time study at Baruch before applying to study abroad, and their Baruch transcript must show grades for that semester. If you started at Baruch in the Fall, in practice this means that you may apply in March to study abroad in the Summer before your sophomore year at the earliest. Very few students are approved to study abroad until at least the second semester of the sophomore year. Those who are approved to study abroad usually request to enroll in intensive foreign language learning programs, because they plan to use that language for a later semester study abroad program.
Academic systems and cultures vary greatly throughout the world, and even the most flexible student must lean and adapt to foreign norms in the classroom. Since Baruch wishes to send students who we are confident will succeed academically abroad, we want to ensure that students have adjusted fully to college life at Baruch before sending them to study abroad.
Transfer students must complete at least one semester of full-time study at Baruch before studying abroad, and their Baruch transcript must show grades for that semester. In practice, if your first full-time semester at Baruch were the fall, you would typically wish to apply to study abroad during the subsequent Summer or fall term; if you first entered Baruch in the spring semester, you would typically wish to apply to study abroad during the subsequent January Intersession or spring semester. Exceptions to this policy are sometimes granted, if there are compelling reasons for doing so. If you would like to petition for permission to apply to study abroad before your transfer student status would normally allow you, please schedule an Advising Session with the Director of Study Abroad.
Transfer students must be especially aware that Baruch College limits the number of credits students are allowed to transfer to Baruch from another college or university. With some exceptions, this limit applies to credits earned through study abroad. According to the , for undergraduates there “are no set limits on the total number of credits that can be awarded based on prior coursework. All students, including Second-degree students, must take a minimum of 31 credits at Baruch to obtain a Bachelors degree, regardless of transfer credits awarded.” (emphasis in original). Since these policies can sometimes change, we strongly advise students to consult with the Transfer Credit Section of the Admissions Office, the Office of Undergraduate Advising, as well as the applicable office of their School to see how these policies might affect their plans to study abroad.
- Transfer Credit section of Undergraduate Admissions
- Undergraduate Academic Advisement
- Marxe School of Public and International Affairs: Office of Undergraduate Advisement
- Weissman School of Arts and Sciences: Office of Undergraduate Advisement
- Zicklin majors: Zicklin Undergraduate Programs Office
Graduate students may apply to study abroad for a semester, during the Summer term or during the Winter Intersession. Graduate students in their first semester at Baruch are eligible to apply to study abroad for the following January Intersession. However, please note that only graduate students in good academic standing (i.e., with a GPA of 3.0) may actually study abroad. To earn credit for the work you do abroad, you must receive the equivalent of at least a “B”.
Baruch offers graduate students a number of short-term and semester-long study abroad programs. Special academic policies have been adopted to help enable you to take advantage of these study abroad opportunities:
- Currently, if you are enrolled in an MS or MBA program in the Zicklin School of Business, the credits you earn studying abroad on one of Baruch’s exchange programs count as in-residence credit. In other words, such credits would not be counted towards the credit maximum graduate students are currently allowed to transfer. Credits earned while studying abroad on programs other than Baruch’s exchanges, however, will count towards your transfer credit limit. Please consult the for specific information about the number of transfer credits allowed for your program.
Graduate students are eligible to participate in several of Baruch’s exchange programs. For a list of those which accept graduate students, please refer to the list of our exchange partners. Semester-long Study Abroad Programs may also offer graduate-level courses.
Winter Intersession and Summer Programs
Graduate students who are unable to consider spending a semester abroad may, choose to study on programs during the Winter Intersession program or during the summer. Please consult Graduate Student Programs for more information.
Graduate students are also welcome to submit a petition to study on programs that are not on the recommended list. If you wish to consider submitting a petition, please schedule an Advising Session with the Director of Study Abroad.
Students attending other CUNY colleges may apply to study on Baruch College exchanges, and on short-term Study Abroad Programs sponsored by Baruch College. However, to be eligible they must be enrolled full-time at their home college in the semester prior to their anticipated study abroad and must have their home institution’s approval to study abroad. Non-Baruch students must meet the same eligibility criteria for study abroad as Baruch applicants. In the case of Baruch exchanges, if there are more applications than there are slots open, qualified Baruch applicants will receive preference.
You will need to be given access to the Study Abroad Application Portal before you can begin the online Application to Study Abroad. Please schedule a Study Abroad Virtual Information Session to begin the process. If you would like to discuss which exchange programs are the most competitive, please schedule an Advising Session with the Director or Associate Director of Study Abroad.