Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Step 1. Requirements for Study Abroad or away on a Clark-approved program

Step 2. Financial Aid and Billing

Step 3. Choosing a Program


Step 1. Requirements for Study Abroad or away on a Clark-approved program


Clark Study Abroad and Away programs are designed to extend the Clark classroom.  Students who attend Clark-approved programs pay Clark tuition and receive academic credit and grades just as if they were residing at Clark. 


Step 1. Before you dive into exploring all the program options available to you, it is imperative that you understand the requirements for study abroad and away and the financial and billing policies of Clark University.


Clark University requires that prior to your departure for your study abroad program, you must:

  • be a full-time student at Clark for at least one year
  • be in good academic, financial and judicial standing
  • have a recommended GPA of 3.0  for most programs
  • have declared a major
  • have a passport which is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended date of return, or be in the process of applying for one, if studying in a country other than the one in which you have residence
  • attend a Study Abroad 101 information session
  • declare your intention to study abroad/away with the Study Abroad/Away office at least 1 semester prior to application

Academic Requirements While Away


Clark-approved programs:

  • All students must remain enrolled full time for the duration of the semester
  • All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA, except internships, which are taken for credit only
  • Students may receive no more than 2 units for an internship and all internships are taken for credit
  • Overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) require special approval from the Dean of Academic Advising


Non-approved & Summer Programs:

  • Courses will be taken for credit;  will count towards credit requirements but will not affect GPA
  • Only grades of a C or better will transfer
  • Must take a leave of absence (not in summer)


Senior residency requirement and study abroad

Students in their final two, full-time semesters at Clark may study abroad on a Clark-partnerprogram ONLY.  Please note that Clark does not generally recommend studying abroad during the second semester of senior year as grades may not come in time for students to walk at commencement.

Final approval of all applications is made by the program overseas; Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons, including space availability.


Step 2.  Financial Aid and Billing