Seniors Studying Abroad

Can I study abroad as a senior?

Seniors are eligible to study abroad through both Summer Study Abroad and Semester Study Abroad programs. There are specific guidelines that apply to seniors studying abroad.

Summer Study Abroad

Graduating seniors are eligible to participate in summer study abroad. Students who wish to attend summer study abroad program Summer after their senior year will need to defer graduation until the end of the summer.

Students who defer graduation will likely remain eligible to receive financial aid or a courtesy scholarship. Emory summer study abroad courses count toward the cumulative GPA. Students who defer graduation are still eligible to walk with their class with permission from the Office for Undergraduate Education. (See OUE for more about the process of deferring graduation).

Some Summer Study Abroad programs end around the same time as the grading deadline, and thus, all course grades cannot be recorded and finalized until after the deadline. Grades received after the deadline will likely result in a December graduation rather than an August graduation. Students intending to graduate in August should remind their summer program faculty that they are intending to graduate at the end of the summer, and they should complete all program assignments in a timely manner, although these actions do not necessarily guarantee an August graduation.  Speak with a study abroad advisor if you wish to graduate in August and have further questions.

Semester Study Abroad

Students are able to study abroad during their final semester before graduation, provided they follow Emory College Study Abroad's regular application procedures, have the appropriate approval from their department, and discuss their graduation requirements with their Academic Advisor and/or the Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE). In addition, there are several considerations that students must be aware of when choosing to be away from Emory during their last semester.

Students should understand that:

  • If they expect to have very specific requirements met while abroad, it is not guaranteed that they will be able to fulfill these requirements at the foreign institution. [This situation can happen for a variety of reasons:  a class is not offered, a professor falls ill, the student fails the class and therefore does not receive credit, etc.]
  • Writing Requirements cannot be filled abroad.
  • P.E. requirements generally cannot be filled abroad.
  • They must enroll in a full load of courses as defined by the host institution, regardless of whether or not they need that many credits to graduate. [Enrollment in a full course load is Emory College Study Abroad's policy for all study abroad students.]
  • Their graduation may be delayed because their overseas transcripts may not arrive at OISP in a timely fashion. [This situation can happen for a variety reasons:  the university system abroad functions on a different calendar than Emory's; the student owes fines to the university's library, a housing fee, or other financial obligations to the university; the university abroad is waiting for professors to submit grades.] Most students are able to graduate by the end of the summer.
  • The processing of their transcripts may be delayed if they have not had ALL their classes pre-approved or attained all equivalents before returning to Emory. [This includes courses that are not necessarily needed for graduation.]
  • It is recommended that they meet with the Office for Undergraduate Education for degree certification questions and that they are encouraged to submit their application for graduation prior to leaving for study abroad.

They must acknowledge that they have read the above statements and that they are making the choice to study abroad during their final semester at Emory by signing a statement of responsibility with their Study Abroad Advisor. For more questions, please contact an Emory College Study Abroad Advisor.