Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs


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 and judicial standing
  • have a GPA of 3.0 (for most programs; students with below a 3.0 should consult with the study abroad office)
  • 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
  • attend a Study Abroad 101 session
  • declare your Intention to Study Abroad/Away at last one semester in advance of application with the Study Abroad and Away Office

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.

Participating students generally receive four Clark units per semester (15-18 credits), provided all requierd coursework, exams and final papers are completed.


Clark-Partner programs:

  • All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA.
  • Students may receive no more than 2 units for an internship and all internships are taken for credit
  • Students may not take courses Pass/Fail, and internships MUST be taken pass/fail
  • Overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) are not permitted and require special approval from the Dean of Academic Advising


Non-Clark & Summer Programs:

  • Courses will be taken Pass/Fail;  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)
  • Clark-awarded aid will not travel

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