Petition to Attend a Non-Approved Program/University
The Office of International Programs provides students with a list of approved semester study abroad programs. These programs have been reviewed for quality and for their compatibility with Princeton academic programs.
Students interested in attending a program that is not on the approved list must petition to have the program approved on a one-time basis.
Step 1: Meet with a study abroad adviser
- Schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser to discuss the proposed program.
- In advance of the meeting, please send all the information about the program to the OIP so that there can be a preliminary review.
Step 2: Submit a formal petition
After a successful preliminary review of the program (by October 15th for spring semester or March 11th for academic year or fall semester), you can submit a formal petition, which includes:
- a letter describing the relevance of the program to your academic goals at Princeton and why current approved programs do not meet your academic needs;
- a letter of support from a faculty member who can assess the program either because of his/her area of expertise or because of knowledge of the program/university.
- published information about the program, which would include at a minimum:
- a description of the academic program, housing, and support services
- information about the administrative structure and costs;
Step 3: Complete the Princeton Study Abroad Approval Process
- If you are an upperclass student, review program choices with your departmental representative to determine which courses can be counted toward departmental requirements and to make arrangements for the completion of independent work while abroad.
- Complete the Study Abroad Approval Process (by October 15th for spring semester or March 11th for academic year or fall semester)
NOTE: Your petition to attend a non-approved program/university is only one piece of the study abroad application process. Please be sure that you are also following the normal processes for applying to study abroad.
Petitions will not be accepted for the following programs:
- service-learning programs
- programs that travel to multiple locations
- programs that do not offer a minimum of 15 credits (equivalent of four Princeton courses) per semester
- programs that are located in places that are off-limits to undergraduates due to the University Travel Policy