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Study Abroad with Non-VU Programs

Switzerland by Evan Jehl
Switzerland by Evan Jehl

If VU does not offer a study abroad program that suits your needs, under certain circumstances you may be allowed to study with another program and transfer the credits back to VU.

Important Notes:

  • As a condition of receiving transfer credit, you must register your travel for and during non-VU programs with International SOS.
  • Transfer of credit is not guaranteed. If accepted for transfer credit, only grades of C- or better can be transferred AND these grades will not count in your VU GPA.
  • Transfer credit cannot replace a course previously completed at Vanderbilt.

The first step for VUSE students is to contact Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal to determine if the proposed study abroad program is acceptable. Call 615-343-3773 to inquire about program suitability.

If the proposed study abroad provider is determined to be suitable AND you plan to study abroad during the summer only, then use this form to get the courses you propose to take evaluated for transfer credit in advance of committing to the study abroad program. Use one form for each disciplinary area (i.e., don’t list mathematics courses and economics courses on the same form). Note that some Non-VU summer study abroad programs have already been approved and their courses evaluated.

If the proposed study abroad provider is determined to be suitable AND you wish to study abroad during the fall or spring semester, you will have to apply for a leave of absence (LOA). IF a leave of absence is granted for study abroad, you will not be able to use VU financial aid or other resources such as housing or VU student health insurance during your leave. To apply for a leave of absence, you must do the following:

  1. Write a petition that describes the compelling reasons why study abroad with this program, rather than any of the VU programs, is important to your education.
  2. Use this form to get the courses you propose to take evaluated for transfer credit in advance of committing to the study abroad program. Use one form for each disciplinary area (i.e., don’t list mathematics courses and economics courses on the same form).
  3. Include in your petition your curriculum plan, showing how courses from this program will combine with your VU courses to allow you to meet your degree requirements in a timely manner.
  4. Ask your academic adviser if she/he will endorse your petition. LOA’s will not be approved without the academic adviser’s endorsement.
  5. Submit your petition to Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal