Basic Requirements

GPA

Students must have a 2.7 GPA or above in order to be eligible to study abroad. Most study abroad programs or foreign institutions also have their own minimum GPA requirement for admission. Students with a GPA below 2.7 but above a 2.5, should discuss program options and special considerations with the study abroad office prior to completing the Sweet Briar application.

Language

Students must meet the program’s language requirement, if applicable.

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 first semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students should meet with the study abroad office 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.

Academic and Disciplinary Status

Study abroad applicants on disciplinary and/or academic probation must meet with the study abroad office. 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 academic dean, the dean of student life, and the director of international studies and study abroad.

Major Declaration

Students are required to declare their major by the middle of the semester before they go abroad for a semester or academic year.

Student Financial Record in Good Standing

A student’s Sweet Briar College financial record must be in good standing or transcripts and fees will not be released to your study abroad program.