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Petition to Participate in an External Program Not on the Approved List

Global Temple Conference

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.


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
Academic Year February 15
Fall February 15
Spring September 5
Summer February 15








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 for which the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory above Level 2, unless a Petition to Study/Research Abroad in Countries under a Department of State Travel Advisory (Level 4 will not be considered) has also been filed and approved in conjunction with the Petition to Participate in a Non-Approved External Study Abroad Program by the deadline.
    • Cannot operate in a country for which International SOS has assigned a High or Extreme travel risk rating.
    • Cannot operate in a country for which the Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel health advisory.