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

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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 Not Accepting Petitions*
Fall Not Accepting Petitions*
Spring September 5
Summer Not Accepting Petitions*






*In light of recent requirements for all students studying abroad with an External Program, Education Abroad is unable to accept petitions for non-approved programs for Summer and Fall 2021 terms. The general petition and review process is extensive and is now coupled with a COVID-19 programmatic and location-specific assessment, which the High/Elevated Risk Committee requires to approve students to participate in external study abroad programs. Unfortunately, there is not enough time for prospective students and external partners to provide the committee with the requested details, nor for the committee to subsequently conduct location assessments in consultation with various domestic and international sources.

The previously stated summer and fall 2021 non-approved external program petition deadline of February 15th is no longer effective. 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 according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System or countries rated as high or extreme travel risk by ISOS will typically not be approved for travel.