Petition to Participate in an External Program Not on the Approved List
When students have a valid academic reason for choosing a program that is not on the approved list, but which still meets the criteria for Temple affiliated travel and the criteria noted below, they may submit a petition for review to participate on an external program that is not on the approved list. A petition must clearly explain how the intended program meets their academic goals for study abroad more effectively than programs already approved.
To petition, students must first meet with a program manager in Education Abroad to discuss the petition process. Petitions must be submitted by the petition deadline and will be reviewed once a semester by a committee. Students will be notified of a final decision within 2-3 weeks of the petition deadline. If a petition is approved, students will begin the External study abroad process, including seeking course equivalences from faculty, and then final study abroad approval from their academic advising center.
Due to COVID-19, Education Abroad is not welcoming petitions for non-approved programs through the spring 2023 semester, after which time we anticipate exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. . If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Education Abroad well in advance of the External Program Approval deadline to discuss your options.
Although Education Abroad is not welcoming petitions for non-approved programs through the spring 2023 semester, we have included the information below for students planning for future terms when we anticipate exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. .
Students should contact the program manager with questions well in advance of Temple's deadline to request approval to study abroad on an external program for their intended study abroad term in order to meet much earlier petition deadlines. To ensure that a student’s Petition to Participate in an External Program Not on Temple's Approved List is reviewed in advance of Temple study abroad and external application deadlines, and in enough time to select another program in the event a petition is not approved, petitions must be submitted to Education Abroad by the following deadlines:
|Proposed Term of Study||Submission Deadline|
|Summer 2022||Not Accepting Petitions*|
|Academic Year 2022-23||Not Accepting Petitions*|
|Fall 2022||Not Accepting Petitions*|
|Spring 2023||Not Accepting Petitions*|
|Summer 2023||February 15, 2023|
|Academic Year 2023-24||February 15, 2023|
|Fall 2023||February 15, 2023|
|Spring 2024||September 5, 2023|
*Due to COVID-19, Education Abroad is not accepting petitions for the these terms but we hope to be able to welcome petitions on a case-by-case basis in the future and have included future submission deadlines for planning purposes. Education Abroad reserves the right to change all future petition deadlines with little notice.
Criteria for reviewing External Programs
Petitions will not be granted under any circumstance for programs that do not meet the following criteria, including, but not limited to:
- Must be accredited by a recognized regional or national accrediting agency in the United States or recognized by the Ministry of Education of the country in which it operates.
- Cannot be operated by a for-profit entity; no dot.com organizations can be considered.
- Multi-country programs must take place in one location for at least 1/3 of the overall program length.
- Must offer a minimum of 15 credits per semester for fall, spring or academic year programs.
- Cannot operate in a country or area within a country that the University has deemed elevated or high risk in accordance with the University’s International Travel Policy, unless a Petition to Study/Research Abroad in a High/Elevated Risk Country/Region has also been filed and approved in conjunction with the Petition to Participate in a Non-Approved External Study Abroad Program by the deadline.
- Please note: Countries with an overall Travel Advisory Level 4 (for reasons unrelated to COVID-19) according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System or countries rated as high or extreme travel risk by ISOS (for reasons unrelated to COVID-19) will typically not be approved for travel.