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SCU Study Abroad is available to all eligible Santa Clara students subject to a competitive selection process. Participation in SCU Study Abroad is a privilege, not a right. While Santa Clara University values a sustained period of study in another culture and encourages students to pursue opportunities for SCU Study Abroad; it is neither a requirement nor an entitlement of an SCU education.
1.Applicants must submit the SCU Application for SCU Study Abroad to the Study Abroad Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present a persuasive application and observe all deadlines. Minimally qualified applications may not be approved. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The SCU Application for SCU Study AbroadThe Application for SCU Study Abroad offers the opportunity for the student to articulate his/her goals for SCU Study Abroad and discuss how the proposed program fits with his/her overall academic plan at Santa Clara.
The selection process is based on a holistic review of all aspects of the application that includes faculty and staff from all parts of the institution. All applications will be reviewed by SCU Study Abroad staff. Each application will also be reviewed by at least one faculty or staff member from another office or department. Reviewers will base their evaluation on the following rubric: SCU Selection Rubric.
Following selection notification SCU Study Abroad staff will be available to speak with students about their selection results and they may consider filing an appeal according to the SCU Study Abroad Application Appeal Policy.
In addition to the rubric, selection includes an evaluation of the following elements:
The Santa Clara GPA requirement to apply for SCU Study
Abroad is 2.75; however individual programs may require a GPA higher than this.
To qualify for SCU Study Abroad, students are expected to meet or exceed both
Santa Clara's requirement and that of their proposed program.
B. Appropriateness of Selected Program/Country
Appropriateness of Selected Program and Country is demonstrated through the student's academic, professional, and personal goals essay and course proposal. Students should address their academic background related to their proposed program, and how the specific academic program abroad fits with their major or academic trajectory in the preparation essay as well.
C. Academic Preparation
Academic preparation is demonstrated through the student's transcript and course proposal and articulated in the preparation essay. SCU expects that applicants meet or exceed all prerequisites for their proposed program. The application for SCU Study Abroad is the opportunity to address any concerns pertaining to adequate preparation and students are encouraged to discuss this with a Study Abroad advisor prior to submitting their application.
Washington Semester applicants should contact the Political Science department for advising.
Academic Preparation includes:
D. Academic Essay
The Academic Essay offer applicants the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of chosen topic and relate to their academic, professional, and personal goals for study abroad.
E. Personal Readiness
Personal Readiness is demonstrated through the goals essay and the preparation essay. In addition, the student's disciplinary record will be accessed and considered as part of the SCU Application.