Before You Apply

Get prepared to take your studies abroad while gaining new perspective on the world. You'll start by confirming your eligibility, and then begin researching which programs will best support your academic and personal goals. You'll also start thinking about what you'll need to do to be ready to travel and live abroad.

Eligibility Requirements for Study Abroad | What to Consider When Selecting Your Program | Additional Considerations

Eligibility Requirements for Study Abroad

Study abroad is an experience that enables students to earn academic credit toward their Mills degree while studying outside of the US through an approved program. To be eligible for any Mills Study Abroad Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time coursework (24 credits) by the start of the program
  2. Have attended Mills for at least one semester by the start of the program
  3. Have at least one semester left prior to your graduation (all students must complete their final semester in residence at Mills, but you may study abroad during your second-to-last semester)
  4. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the undergraduate level
  5. Have no outstanding incomplete grades on your Mills transcript
  6. Have no academic probation or other sanctions for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of the program
  7. Have met all financial obligations to the College

If you don't meet all of these eligibility criteria and would still like to apply to study abroad, you may submit a petition to the Academic Standing Committee to waive a specific Mills criterion before beginning your study abroad application.

Please note that any study abroad program to which you apply may have additional eligibility requirements specific to that program. These requirements may include foreign language coursework prerequisites or different GPA requirements, among other considerations. It is your responsibility to understand any additional eligibility requirements prior to applying to the program.

Graduate Student Eligibility

Most study abroad programs offered at Mills are designed for undergraduate academic credit. In some cases, programs may authorize graduate students to enroll. However, it is at the discretion of your program at Mills whether the credit earned on study abroad will count towards your program’s graduation requirements. If you're a graduate student who is interested in studying abroad, you are encouraged to first speak with your academic advisor about your interest in studying abroad while you are at Mills. This will help you determine whether study abroad is feasible, or whether other types of international opportunities outside of Mills may be a better option.

What to Consider When Selecting Your Program

When choosing a study abroad program, there are a variety of factors you should consider to ensure that your experience is a good fit. Before selecting your program and applying, it's critical that you reflect on your intended goals for your study abroad experience so you can choose the appropriate coursework. Your considerations should include:

Additional Considerations

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