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 contact the if you would like to discuss your specific situation.
- 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, contact the Director of Study Abroad.
- At least one semester of grades on your Baruch transcript. To be eligible to apply 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. If you wish to study abroad in what would have been your last semester at Baruch, you are required to delay your graduation by at least one graduation cycle, to ensure that your credits and grades can be posted.
- 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.
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. However, very few students are approved to study abroad until at least the second semester of the sophomore year. Until then, usually the only programs that are approved are foreign language-intensive programs.
Academic systems and cultures vary greatly throughout the world, and it takes a great deal of adaptability for even the most flexible student to adjust to foreign norms in the classroom. Since Baruch wishes to send students who we are confident will be successful abroad, we want to see that you have adjusted fully to college life at Baruch before you go abroad.
Together with the Center for Academic Advisement, we can help you plan an academic path that will allow you to study abroad for a semester.
Transfer 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. In practice, if your first full-time semester at Baruch was the Fall, you would first be eligible to apply to study abroad for the subsequent Summer or Fall term; if you first entered Baruch in the Spring semester, you would be first eligible to apply to study abroad for 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 study abroad before your transfer student status would normally allow you, please contact 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(p. 11):
- BA and BS students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 90 credits toward their degree
- BBA students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 93 credits toward their degree
- Graduates of any 2-yr. institution may transfer a maximum of 70 credits toward their degree
Graduate students may apply to study abroad for a semester or for a Summer or 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 MBA program of 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 students are currently allowed to transfer. Credits earned while studying abroad on programs other than Baruch’s exchanges 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 Programs
Graduate students who are unable to consider spending a semester abroad may, however, choose to study on winter intersession program in France organized by the The Weissman Center for International Business in association with our partners in Lyon, France, the University of Lyon School of Management.
Graduate students are also welcome to study on programs that are not on the recommended list. To do so, they must submit a petition to and obtain the permission of the Director of Study Abroad.
MBA students in the Zicklin School of Business may also apply for a paid summer internship in Seoul, Korea, or in Valencia, Spain. Please contact the International Business Internship Office in the Weissman Center for International Business for details about the deadlines and specific requirements.
Students attending other CUNY colleges may apply to study on Baruch College exchanges, and to Study Abroad Programs sponsored by Baruch College. However, to be eligible they must be enrolled full-time at their home college or university the semester prior to their anticipated study abroad and have their home institution’s approval to study abroad. Non-Baruch students must meet the same eligibility criteria 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.
Before you may begin the online Application to Study Abroad, you must apply temporarily to Baruch by completing the Visiting Student Application. You can mail this form or bring it to us in person. The Study Abroad Office will contact you when your application has been received and entered, and give you instructions for the next step.
Visit the Study Abroad Office during walk-in hours, or make an appointment for an initial advising session and to receive permission to log onto the online Application to Study Abroad. When you come, please bring:
- Official Certificate of Attendance from your home college, usually issued by your college’s Registrar
- Transcript (official or unofficial) from your home college