Temple University students must be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to be eligibile to study abroad on any program, but should be aware that each program—Temple-administered, exchange, or external—sets its own criteria for admissions, which often exceeds the 2.5 GPA minimum. Acceptance or approval to study abroad is rescinded if the student is placed on academic warning or probation.
Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28-days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement.
Study abroad approval procedures for external programs
Conduct and student behavior policies
All students studying abroad must be in good disciplinary standing at the start of their term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.
- Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation on more than one occasion are subject to additional review and may not be eligible.
Student Code of Conduct and student behavior
Program participants are expected to abide by all of Temple’s policies and are subject to the Student Code of Conduct while abroad. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with all of Temple’s policies including the following:
The university’s policy on preventing sexual violence includes a description of Temple’s education and prevention efforts, as well as the procedures for reporting complaints of sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking as well as the assistance for victims. The university’s policy on student drug and alcohol use provides comprehensive information regarding health risks associated with drug use, criminal and university penalties for illegal drug and alcohol use, resources for drug and alcohol abuse, and other important information.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 prevents Temple University from disclosing information about a student's education records without the written consent of a student or without proof that the student is the tax dependent of the parent. For more information, please visit the Dean of Students’ website and view the official policy at http://policies.temple.edu/ferpa/.
Health and safety policies
International travel medical insurance
Visit our Health and Safety page to learn more about international travel medical insurance policies and coverage for study abroad.
Temple sanctioned travel, including study abroad and other official university programs and/or activities, is prohibited in countries or areas within countries with a Travel Advisory Level 3 (“Reconsider travel to”) or 4 ("Do not travel to"), according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Temple sanctioned travel is also prohibited in countries or areas within countries rated as high or extreme travel risk by International SOS.
In some instances students interested in proposing international travel abroad in countries/areas with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 may submit a petition for an exception to the university policy, as long as the International SOS travel risk rating is Insignificant, Low or Medium. Petitions will only be considered for University travel abroad that provides academic credit and/or for which University funding is provided. Volunteer programs/projects to countries/areas with a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 are not permitted and will not be considered for an exception to the policy. Students planning to study abroad on an approved external study abroad program will be notified by the program manager for external programs if their completed request to study abroad application requires a petition.
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 not be approved for travel.
Should a Travel Advisory change to a Level 3 or 4 after a student receives approval to study abroad, the program will coordinate with participants to select a different destination study site that falls within the guidelines provided by the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory system.
Students are prohibited from traveling to, or through, these countries and areas while participating in, or traveling to/from a Temple sanctioned international program, activity and/or experience. Please note that these restrictions also apply to independent travel; during the study abroad program, students may not travel to, or through, any prohibited region.
Procedures and requirements for Temple travelers
These procedures apply to groups and individuals traveling abroad through activities not organized by Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses.