Study Abroad


    Congratulations! If you've been accepted into a University of Delaware study abroad program, it's time to start taking care of program-related details. Click on an academic session below to see what's next. You are responsible for completing everything on the following checklist.



Acceptance Process


Full-time and Continuing Education students at UD are eligible. Full-time students from other institutions are also eligible.  The University of Delaware is committed to diversity and welcomes students with disabilities to participate in international programs (see bottom of page).  Students must complete an application and receive a recommendation from UD a faculty member by the application deadline to officially "complete the application process."



Study abroad at the University of Delaware is competitive. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA at the time of applying in order to be considered, although the minimum GPA required for specific programs may be much higher.


Multiple Applications
If you applied to more than one program in the same term, your application asked you to rank your preference. If your preference has changed, be sure to log in to your application (click “Application Form,” and the “Program Rank” tab) to edit your first choice – and do this before the program’s application deadline. Changes in preference will not be permitted after the program’s deadline. 


Should the faculty directors from both programs wish to include you in their groups, you will be offered a spot ONLY to your first choice. IGS will automatically withdraw your application from your second choice. Should you be offered a spot on your second-choice program and waitlisted for your first-choice program, you will be dropped from your first-choice program, as students are not permitted to be accepted and waitlisted simultaneously for two programs in the same term.  Our goal is to place as many students as possible into programs.  Students are permitted to remain on two waitlists and may be offered a spot on either program as openings arise.



For our Winter and Summer programs, the individual faculty directors make acceptance decisions. As they will live and work with the students 24/7 once abroad, they are best suited to select the students for their group. Some faculty heavily weigh GPA and academic year, giving preference to Seniors/Juniors who may not have another opportunity to go abroad. Others heavily consider judicial violations (taking only students with clean records). Some interview every applicant and some do not. Some interview in groups to look for student cohesion, while others look for an overall balance in majors, backgrounds, etc. Some weigh your attendance at interest meetings. This differs by program - there is not a set procedure as faculty are permitted to adopt the procedure they feel is most appropriate. If you have questions about acceptance criteria, they should be directed to the faculty director.

For our Spring and Fall programs, Study Abroad Coordinators make acceptance decisions. They heavily weigh GPA, judicial record and the interview, with some consideration going to academic year. Depending on the site and program, students may be evaluated on language ability, past course work and major/minor requirements.

If you are not accepted to a program, we encourage you to submit another application to another program offered in the same term. Your new application will be automatically populated with previously entered information.

Remember that conditions change from year to year. Although a specific program may be offered every year, it may be directed by different faculty, with different opinions and processes for considering students. Also, competition may differ dramatically between years. A new, uncompetitive program offered in your Sophomore year may have three times the number of applicants in your Senior year. What holds true in one year is not necessarily true in the next.


Due to the increasing level of competition for study abroad, we offer these recommendations:

  1. Plan ahead, and apply early. As programs fill, they often close early. Waiting until the posted deadline may mean that you miss the opportunity to apply.
  2. Attend interest meetings and speak with the faculty director or Study Abroad Coordinator personally. Interest meetings are the best way to learn the details about a program, and a good chance to ask questions.
  3. If you have concerns about your eligibility for a program, speak with the faculty director or Study Abroad Coordinator in advance. Ask for the criteria which they consider most important. Apply for programs which are a good fit academically.
  4. Work hard and keep your record clean. Almost all faculty heavily consider GPA and judicial records. Students in strong academic standing and with no behavioral violations are more likely to be accepted.

Students with disabilities

The University of Delaware is committed to diversity and welcomes students with disabilities to participate in international programs.  If you have a disability related need for a modification or reasonable accommodation while studying abroad, please contact The Office of Disability Support Services located at 325 Academy Street, Suite 161, Perkins Student Center, email:, phone:  302-831-4643.


IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety, health or security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. Cancellation decisions will be made as early as possible in order to maximize alternate study abroad possiblities for students. Students will receive a full refund of program fees paid for any program canceled by IGS.




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