What is an External Program?
External Programs are study abroad programs administered or sponsored by other colleges and universities, or by various study abroad organizations. External Programs offer a number of new opportunities which expand upon many existing programs already offered through Temple. Through the course evaluation process, External Program participants earn transfer credit for approved courses and can apply those credits towards the fulfillment of their degree requirements, including major, minor, elective and most general education requirements.
Temple University remains committed to providing students with meaningful global learning opportunities amidst the pandemic. Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses is here to support you from your initial interest through preparation.
As the pandemic continues to impact study abroad opportunities, Education Abroad continues to adapt and evaluate our Approved External Programs List. Prior to spring 2023, Education Abroad vetted and curated a COVID-19 Portfolio of Programs, representing a variety of geographic locations and academic disciplines offered by trusted partners with which we maintain a strong working relationship. Effective for spring 2023*, all programs on the Approved External Programs list have met or exceeded the University’s established programmatic standards and student support protocols for operating during the pandemic and you may seek approval to study on any program available. All programs will continue to be subject to regular review, despite the status of an active COVID-19 Portfolio of Programs.
We also encourage you to read more about:
- what to expect from studying abroad during COVID-19
- the COVID-19-specific approval process for students studying on External or Exchange Programs
As conditions continue to change, the Program Status page will be kept up-to-date on which programs are operating, cancelled, or adjusted.
*Until further notice, Education Abroad will not be accepting direct enroll applications for study at foreign universities with the exception of summer programming at our Exchange Partner Universities and we are not accepting Petitions to Participate in an External Program Not on the Approved List through the spring 2023 semester, after which time we anticipate exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
External Program Options
Featured semester programs can be searched by city, country, or area of study by using the Program Discovery tool below or found in this list view.
In addition to our Featured Programs, our Approved External Partners offer a number of other study abroad semester and summer options for Temple students. If there is a summer program offered by one of Temple's Approved External Programs or a semester program that is not currently on our Featured List, you may begin your Request to Study Abroad by clinking the button below.
Temple University strongly encourages students to consider these program options prior to exploring other possibilities as these programs have been selected based on their reputations for quality and academic rigor and on criteria established by the Faculty Senate Committee for International Programs. Temple students participating with External programs are required to complete Temple's External Programs Approval Process.