Applying to Study Abroad in the Summer
Step 1: Choose a Program
- Students may take advantage of Princeton summer study abroad programs, offered by a variety of departments.
- The Office of International Programs has produced, in consultation with the relevant departments, lists of recommended summer language programs as well as lists of summer programs that the OIP believes are worth a good look. The OIP also stocks a summer program area in its resource library (36 University Place, Suite 350).
- Finally, many of the programs that have been approved for students during the academic year have summer sessions.
- For an extensive listing of summer programs in various parts of the world, consult Short-term Study Abroad, a publication of the Institute of International Education.
Step 2: Apply to your Selected Program(s)
- Read the information on the program/institution website thoroughly.
- Make sure you are aware of the application deadline and the materials you will need to apply. Many non-Princeton programs have rolling admissions and accept students as they receive applications. Don't miss out on a program by applying too late!
Step 3: Apply for Funding
- There are places both outside and within the University to look for financial support for study during the summer. See Princeton Funding, which includes funding offered through the Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad, and External Funding. Check with your department as well.
- For summer courses taken for credit, the Office of Financial Aid offers aid recipients student loans to help meet the costs of summer courses.
Step 4: Seek Pre-Approval of Course(s) for Princeton Credit
- If you are not enrolling in a Princeton summer program, you must obtain pre-approval of the courses from the relevant departmental representative and the Office of International Programs to receive Princeton credit for your summer studies.
- To obtain pre-approval, you must complete the Approval Form for a Course Taken at Another Institution. As part of the approval process, the course description/syllabus must be reviewed and approved by the relevant departmental representative and the Office of International Programs. Courses that are pre-approved must be passed with a grade of C or better to qualify for credit.
- Make sure you review the guidelines for approval before submitting your approval form.
N.B. All courses that are proposed for Princeton course credit must appear on a transcript of an accredited, degree-granting institution. Students who study language at commercial language institutes may earn placement in higher level language courses at Princeton, but may not receive course credit.
Step 5: Complete the Transfer Credit Process
If you completed a non-Princeton program, you should have the program/university submit an official copy of your transcript to:
Office of International Programs
36 University Place, Suite 350
Princeton, NJ 08544
Transfer of credit cannot be completed until the official transcript has been received and processed.