Policy on Study Abroad

All students seeking academic credit for studies outside of the United States must apply to study abroad through the Office of International Education (students from outside the College of Business) or the College of Business (students from the College of Business) by the appropriate deadline.

Eligibility Requirements:

Non-Marquette Programs:
Students wishing to study on programs that have not been approved by Marquette (please see program list) are required to follow the petition policy for study abroad through non-Marquette programs. See policy below.

Maintaining Full-time Status:
After being approved to study abroad, students will receive instructions regarding how to register for a study abroad placeholder course in CheckMarq, which will hold their place as a full-time student (less than full-time for summer) at Marquette during their term abroad. Students must register for this course by the specified deadline. Students who do not register for the study abroad placeholder by the end of the term prior to study abroad will be withdrawn from their study abroad program.

Receiving Credit:
Students participating on faculty-led programs or the South Africa Service Learning Program will receive Marquette credit and grades.

Credits taken on all other programs will be considered for transfer credit. Study Abroad transfer credit will only be accepted by Marquette University if the Marquette University student applied, and was approved, through the Office of International Education or Office of International Business Studies prior to the October 1 deadline for spring programs and prior to the March 1 deadline for summer, fall, and academic year programs. Failure to apply and receive approval by the deadlines stated above will result in denial of the credit transfer upon return to Marquette University. Additionally, to receive credit for courses taken abroad, students must earn a grade that is equivalent to a 'C' or better. Classes cannot be taken as a Pass/Fail while abroad. Students receive information about the grading and credit system of their specific program during the application process.

Orientation Attendance:
All students accepted to study abroad are required to attend the in-person study abroad orientation prior to departure. This is a mandatory meeting and must be attended in full. During the orientation, OIE will discuss academic expectations and safety. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with program alumni if available.

If a student is unable to attend the in-person orientation, ONLY because of academic or NCAA exceptions, there will be only one opportunity to make up this requirement. If a student fails to attend either orientation, the student will be withdrawn from his or her study abroad program.

Health Insurance:
Students will automatically be enrolled in GeoBlue insurance for the dates of their study abroad program. This insurance is required for all students studying abroad and will be billed to students through their Checkmarq account. This insurance cannot be waived. There are some programs or countries that also have insurance requirements or automatic enrollment; however, the GeoBlue policy will still be required for students for continuity of health and safety response.

Policy on Disciplinary Status and Study Abroad

Students who are currently on academic or disciplinary probation may not apply to study abroad the following term. Students may only begin the application process for study abroad after their academic or disciplinary probation period has been completed.

Students who have been approved by Marquette to study abroad following the October 1 and March 1 deadlines must remain in good standing for the remainder of the term prior to studying abroad. Any conduct violations which occur between acceptance and the actual term of study abroad will be reviewed by the Office of Student Development and the Office of International Education and will necessitate a follow-up advising session. Students whose conduct between the time of acceptance to study abroad and the term of study abroad which results in University probation or greater consequence will not be approved to study abroad and will be responsible for any non-refundable or non-recoverable fees owed to the study abroad program. For all other conduct violations during this time that do not result in University probation, a follow-up interview will be required.

Petition Policy for Study Abroad through non-Marquette Programs

Students wishing to study on programs that have not been approved by Marquette (please see program list for approved programs) are required to first meet with a study abroad coordinator in person to discuss the student’s program preferences, eligibility and goals. Please note that all non-Marquette programs must have transcripts issued by an accredited educational institution per guidelines outlined in Marquette’s undergraduate bulletin. Business students should meet with the Office of International Business Studies and all other students should meet with a coordinator in the Office of International Education. Once the student and coordinator determine that a non-Marquette program is the best fit, then the coordinator will open a non-Marquette online application enabling the student to petition to participate in the selected program. All application requirements must be completed by the study abroad deadline. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted up until the study abroad deadline and approval is not guaranteed.

If the petition is approved, students must attend orientation and comply with all procedures and policies for study abroad students.

If the petition is not approved, students will be allowed to apply for Marquette or external approved study abroad programs, but will need to do so before the application deadline outlined above. This means students should plan ahead and submit their petitions well before the application deadline. Transfer credit will not be accepted for students studying on unapproved programs. A student choosing to pursue a semester of academic year study abroad program not approved by the Office of International Education or the College of Business are required to take a leave of absence from the university. Dropping below full-time status or completely withdrawing from your program may have an effect on your financial aid package or Marquette scholarships.

Policy on Tuition Remission for Study Abroad

Tuition remission and FACHEX benefits are honored for study abroad in Marquette programs at 100%, but not necessarily guaranteed each term. A limited number of tuition remission/FACHEX spots are available each term. Students must apply for and be accepted to the study abroad program according to the program’s selection criteria.

Student applications for tuition remission will be vetted by OIE based on the following criteria:

To be eligible to apply the tuition benefit to a study abroad program, a student must be degree-seeking and enrolled for on-campus study at Marquette on a full-time, continual basis (unless advised by appropriate academic counselors to attend on a part-time basis) in one of the university's undergraduate, graduate or professional schools (eligibility for professional schools is limited) or in a recognized degree credit program. The benefit for individual courses taken at Marquette does not apply to dependent students who are enrolled on a full- or part-time degree-seeking basis at a college or university other than Marquette.

In all cases participants in eligible study abroad programs under the dependent tuition remission program would be required to pay any non-tuition related program fees.

Need More Help? If you have more questions about Marquette's tuition remission policy for study abroad, please contact your study abroad coordinator.



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