Study Abroad Requirements to Receive Global Studies Course Credit

A&S Distribution Requirements

Some coursework completed abroad may count toward your A&S distribution requirements. According to College policy, "Students may take 3 units per semester toward their general distribution area requirements (Natural Science and Mathematics, Social Science, Language and the Arts, Textual and Historical Studies) while abroad in a Washington University approved study abroad program. The maximum number of 6 units for a year or a summer plus a semester can be taken in one area or in a combination of two areas. These courses cannot be used to fulfill a cluster requirement in any area."

General Requirements: 

The student must...
* transfer at least 3 units from abroad toward the total units necessary to complete the Global Studies major
* take a language course abroad that counts toward the Global Studies 4-semester language requirement.

NB  No more than 3 credits can transfer from a summer abroad. No more than 6 credits can transfer toward the Global Studies major for one semester abroad. No more than 12 credits can transfer for a year of study abroad.

In addition:

* Courses must be taken as part of a study abroad program approved by Washington University.
* The student must receive the equivalent of a B- or better to count study abroad coursework toward the Global Studies major.
* Courses must clearly be upper division courses.
* The study abroad program must be consistent with the student’s Global Studies concentration and language training. A full list of Global Studies-approved programs is available through Overseas Programs HERE.


Not all Global Studies-approved study abroad programs are appropriate for all concentrations. Students in Eurasian Studies, European Studies, and Global Asias must choose a program that is consistent with their geographic and linguistic specialization. Students in the Development, Global Cultural Studies or International Affairs concentrations must choose a program that offers coursework applicable to the concentration, and we strongly prefer that students choose a program consistent with their chosen language of study.

A student with a compelling reason may petition for an exception to these requirements.

Examples of programs requiring a petition include:
* Programs that are not consistent with Global Studies concentration requirements
* Washington University-approved programs that have not been approved by Global Studies (even if approved for a second major or minor)
* Alternative programs that have not been approved by Overseas Programs


Students wishing to petition should contact the Global Studies Study Abroad Advisor (Dr. Rebecca Clouser) for further guidance.

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