Upon request, qualified students in good academic and disciplinary standing may be granted permission to spend a semester or year studying abroad.
Students who wish to study abroad and receive Haverford credit may do so by applying to any of the programs on the approved list. Students who elect to study on one of these programs should discuss their program and course selection with their major/minor/concentration advisor(s). To study abroad, students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must complete the appropriate forms by the specified deadlines.
Developed by the Educational Policy Committee, the study abroad policy was presented to the entire faculty and approved in 1985. With the assistance of tri-co faculty members, the EPC created a list of approved programs “to provide opportunities that both extend and complement the offerings of Haverford departments” and that meet academic standards and curricula consistent with the tri-colleges.
Monitored by the EPC, the programs are periodically reviewed by faculty and the Office of International Academic Programs through site visits, advisory boards, and consultation with colleagues at other institutions to ensure that the programs continue to meet Haverford‘s high academic standards. Programs that do not meet the standards will be deleted or suspended.
In order to be added to the approved list, faculty departments may present proposals to the International Academic Programs Faculty Committee (appointed by the Provost), via the Office of International Academic Programs. The OIAP is responsible for the management and administration of the approved list. To maintain the high quality of these academic programs, the EPC has established strict guidelines for approval. In this way, all programs are evaluated by the same academic and safety standards. As the rigor and quality of a program cannot be evaluated by looking through brochures or websites, an on-site faculty review will be required. Members of the faculty who wish to add programs to the approved list for their departments should contact the Office of International Academic Programs for the EPC guidelines.
In rare cases, students may wish to add a program to the approved list. Students should contact the OIAP for advice. Nota Bene: the proposal must be presented by the students’ major or minor department explaining how it complements the work of the major or minor, as well as a list of approved courses fulfilling major requirements. Proposals and materials should be presented to the OIAP one year in advance—March 1 for spring programs, November 1 for fall programs. The deadlines are firm.
The EPC cannot consider any exceptions to the policy—that is, individual petitions from students or faculty as these programs would not meet the established guidelines for academic excellence evidenced by the other programs on the list.
To be managed effectively and maintain quality control, the EPC limited the list of approved programs to no more than 70.
According to EPC policy, students who do not request and receive prior permission to study abroad through the Office of International Academic Programs will not receive Haverford credit. The EPC will not consider retroactive proposals under any circumstances. Students who do not wish to pay Haverford tuition and/or receive credit may not attend programs on the approved list.
This policy was instituted in 1985. Each year approximately 130-150 students take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.