Basic Requirements

GPA Requirements

Students must meet the GPA requirement of the host institution or program provider. Most institutions require a 3.0 GPA. St. Andrews University in Scotland requires a 3.2 GPA. Students with a GPA below the host institution/program provider requirements, but above a 2.5, should discuss program options with the international studies office prior to completing the Sweet Briar application.

Language Requirements

If the language of instruction at the host university is not English, students are advised to meet with faculty in the languages and cultures department to discuss their preparedness to study in the language of instruction. Students will want to check the language requirements for their selected study abroad program. Non-native English speakers studying abroad at an institution where English is the language of instruction may need to provide TOEFL scores during the application process.

Class Standing

Students are eligible to study abroad starting in their third semester as a Sweet Briar College student. For students without transfer credit, this is the second semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students should meet with the director of international studies and their academic advisor to determine the most suitable time to study abroad. There may be some exceptions made for students whose academic program only allows them to study abroad in the first semester of their sophomore year.

Not on Probation

Study abroad applicants on disciplinary and/or academic probation must meet with the director of international studies. Approval to study when on disciplinary and/or academic probation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed. Approval will be granted by the vice president for academic affairs, the dean of student life and the director of international studies.