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Academic policies


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. Check the application and eligibility requirements for your program of interest. Acceptance or approval to study abroad is rescinded if the student is placed on academic warning or probation.

General Education 

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

View procedures in the Undergraduate Bulletin and on our website.

Transfer Credit Policy for Matriculated Undergraduate Students 

The Transfer Credit Policy for Matriculated Undergraduate Students defines the circumstances in which transfer credit may be accepted toward the requirements of Temple undergraduate degrees after the student has matriculated, and the criteria for such acceptance. Undergraduate, degree-seeking students should take all (or almost all) their courses at Temple in order to fulfill their Temple degree requirements. Matriculated Temple undergraduates may receive credit for two types of transfer courses:

  • A Temple-approved semester or summer external or exchange study abroad program* (eligible students must be approved by Education Abroad prior to registration), or;
  • Taking Courses Elsewhere (eligible students must be pre-approved by their advising office and are allowed to transfer credit for two eligible summer or special session courses, up to a maximum of 8 credits, taken elsewhere toward their Temple degree)** 
    • Please note: International students are permitted to study abroad as long as the program is outside of their home country (since that's not "abroad" for the student). International students wishing to enroll in courses in their home country while home during the university breaks should instead pursue the Taking Courses Elsewhere with their advising office.
    • International students are typically not permitted to participate in a semester study abroad in their home country, but as a result of visa and travel restrictions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, some international students have been approved to study "at home" with partner universities in their home country (please contact global.programs@temple.edu if you have specific questions about the special Partner Institution Program for international students).  


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges relative to international travel and in-person classroom instruction. See the notes below for details regarding Temple's current policies on virtual study abroad programs, specifically as it relates to the Transfer Credit Policy for Matriculated Undergraduate Students. Due the evolving nature of the pandemic and program and instructional models, Temple University and Education Abroad reserve the right to change virtual study abroad policy and procedures.  

*Unfortunately, Education Abroad cannot support student participation in fully virtual semester or summer study abroad programs due to the nature of such programs and Temple's exisiting transfer credit policy for matriculated undergraduates, which requires students to participate in programs outside of the U.S. to facilitate transfer credit. If approved to study abroad on an external  or exchange program during the COVID-19 pandemic and your program shifts to a fully virtual format: 

  • Prior to departure, your situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and approval may be rescinded, particularly if the change is made well before the program start date and with plenty of time to revert to your Main Campus back-up plan; or
  • Once you are abroad, if on-site conditions in-country deteriorate, you may be permitted to continue in the program as planned but approval could still be rescinded and/or you could be required to return home.

**If you are interested in earning academic credit on a summer virtual study abroad program, you will not go through Temple's External Programs Approval Process. Instead, you should contact your academic advising office to discuss eligilibilty and processes for Taking Courses Elsewhere. If your academic advisor is unsure if you should be approved by Education Abroad, please have them contact Education Abroad to explain the processes described above relative to virtual study abroad programs.  

Waitlists for Temple programs

Students are encouraged to apply early for Temple study abroad programs, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and space on some programs is limited. View program status and waitlist information.

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 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 policy

Temple University is a leader in international education. While experiencing and understanding the world is an essential feature of higher education, the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff while they are abroad is of the utmost importance. To that end, Temple University regularly monitors international information relevant to the political, geographic, and health risks in the regions where our travelers study and work. Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses,, in conjunction with Risk Management, has defined Temple affiliated international travel and identified risks associated with international travel. The International Travel Policy establishes Temple's requirements for University affiliated international travel so that travelers can be connected with expertise and guidance on best practices, maximize safety and ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

The policy applies to all University employees, faculty, students, authorized volunteers and guests of the University who are traveling as part of any University Affiliated International Travel, regardless of funding source.

International travel medical insurance

Visit our Health and Safety page or the International Travel page on the University's Risk Management website to learn more about international travel medical insurance policies and coverage for study abroad. 

Elevated or high risk international travel 

Temple affiliated travel, including study abroad and other official university programs and/or activities, may be prohibited in countries or areas within countries that are deemed elevated or high risk in accordance with the University’s International Travel Policy. A country or region identified by the University where the health, safety and security of travelers may be at an elevated risk, based upon information from reliable sources, including but not limited to, the following:

If the University has suspended travel to a particular country/region, information will be posted on the Alerts & Advisories page of the International Risk Management website. 

In some instances students interested in studying abroad in countries/areas designated by Temple as an elevated or high risk may be considered for a petition. Students planning to study abroad on a Temple exchange program or an approved external study abroad program will be notified by their program manager 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 typically not be approved for travel.

Should a country or area’s level raise to an elevated or high risk designation after a student receives approval to study abroad, the program will coordinate with participants to complete a petition, defer participation to a future term or select a different destination study site that falls within the guidelines provided by Temple University’s international travel policy.

Students are prohibited from traveling to, or through, these countries and areas while participating in, or traveling to/from a Temple affiliated 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. 

COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risks

By participating in a study abroad program, students acknowledge the following risks. All applicants will be required to review and sign this form within their portal so they will be prepared for their time abroad. View the Acknowledgment of Risk.

Procedures and requirements for Temple travelers

Effective January 1, 2020, Temple University's International Travel Policy was adopted. The International Travel Policy defines University Affiliated International Travel, elevated/high risk regions, who is governed by the policy, as well as how to comply. The links below address how individual student travelers or groups involving student travels can comply with the policy. These procedures apply to groups and individuals traveling abroad through activities not organized by Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses.



Equal Opportunity

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