Semester Abroad Application Process

Semester Off-Campus Application Timeline

Use this timeline as a guide to navigating your application process.

  1. September-December Prior to Year of Study

    • Contact the Center for Study Abroad
    • Go to for information on available programs
    • Attend the Study Abroad Fair (first week of October) and information meeting (October)
    • Consult with advisor for impact on major and graduation requirements
    • Select one of the approved off-campus programs
    • Consult your transfer specialist in the registrar’s office
  2. Complete the off-campus application (accessed from Study Abroad website) and submit by the first Friday of the spring semester.

    • The George Fox University Off-Campus Program Selection Committee makes student acceptance decisions.
    • The Center for Study Abroad will notify you of its acceptance decision.
    • If approved, attend an initial acceptance meeting.
    • If not approved, you may contact the Center for Study Abroad for further information.
    • The Center for Study Abroad notifies each off-campus program with names of applicants.
  3. Complete the external off-campus application after you have been accepted by George Fox. Some programs have a deposit or application fee.

  4. Pay the deposit or confirmation fee.

  5. Contact the external program about flight arrangements before tickets are purchased. You are responsible for air arrangements but must send your itinerary to the Center for Study Abroad.

    • Attend two pre-departure orientation sessions in the semester prior to off-campus study.
    • Attend one or two re-entry sessions during the semester after off-campus study (graduates exempt).
    • Complete an online evaluation and a two-page minimum reflection on off-campus semester experience.
    • Pay the regular George Fox University tuition with existing financial aid.
    • Pay George Fox University room and board (food plans vary by program), since this is covered in the fees charged by George Fox. Some programs have an additional fee.


Have questions? Contact either David Martinez, director of the Center for Study Abroad, at, or Wendi Upjohn-Hankel, assistant director, at

Please read the following before you begin the application process.

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You will need to be sure your passport is up to date in advance of your international trip. Learn more about the passport process on our Passport Information page.


It is imperative that you begin the process of obtaining a visa as soon as you are accepted into the program. This process can be challenging and lengthy.


  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. If you’re applying to Oxford you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • You must be sophomore standing or higher, including 31 semester hours completed at the time the application is submitted. Exceptions may be made for students required to take a semester abroad by their major.
  • You must be in good standing with the Office of Student Life.
  • You must be current with student financial accounts.
  • You must be enrolled at George Fox for a full academic year prior to participation in an off-semester program. Exceptions may be made if necessary for completion of a student's major requirements.
  • Selection will be based on the academic purposes involved, grade point average, campus citizenship, and previous educational experiences.

Program Application

A select group of external study abroad opportunities require a separate application. 

It’s important to note that you must complete the George Fox application before you can submit your application to an external program.

You will be given the external application upon completion of the George Fox study abroad application process.


Because you will remain enrolled at George Fox, courses taken in the selected program will appear on George Fox transcripts with a letter grade. Some courses may meet general education or major requirements. However, approval for such credit must be obtained from the registrar's office before the off-campus semester.


You pay George Fox’s standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Round-trip airfare is also your responsibility.

You also usually need to cover the cost of textbooks and other educational materials, travel to the point of departure from the U.S., visas (if required), and immunizations, depending on the individual program. (Tuition remission students are treated as a regular student and must pay the additional off-campus program fee.)

Financial Aid

Since you’re officially a George Fox student, you continue to receive financial aid, but there are no student employment opportunities in these programs. Sometimes internships can be obtained while studying abroad.


George Fox does not require a deposit. However, most off-campus programs do require a deposit and an application fee. If approved by the George Fox Center for Study Abroad, you are responsible to submit the required deposit and/or application fee along with the external program application. The deposit (but not the application fee) will be credited to your account.


Typically airfare is not included in the program cost. 

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is the first Friday of the spring semester for the upcoming academic year (both fall and spring semesters). Upload all application materials to the Center for Study Abroad’s Canvas site.

If you are applying to study abroad during the summer of 2024, fall of 2024 or spring of 2025, then complete this study abroad application (once in Canvas, click on "Enroll in Course" on the right side).

If you are applying to study abroad during the summer of 2025, fall of 2025 or spring of 2026, then complete this study abroad application (once in Canvas, click on "Enroll in Course" on the right side).

Interested in a program not currently approved by George Fox?

You are able to participate in other programs aside from those listed on the national and international programs web pages. However, you must take a leave of absence from George Fox during that semester.

Once you return to campus the following semester, you will be re-enrolled as a George Fox student. Transfer credits are not guaranteed, so you should communicate with your faculty advisor, your Career and Academic Planning coach, and the registrar's office prior to your semester off-campus. You will not receive George Fox financial aid during the semester abroad.

Still have questions? Contact us or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.