Study Abroad

The Office of Global Education and Initiatives at Philadelphia University provides students with various opportunities to participate in global and international activities, programs and events while pursuing their degree.

The Office is made up of the following departments and programs on campus:

  • International and Exchange Student Services
  • Study Abroad Program
  • Faculty-Led Programs
  • National Student Exchange (NSE)
  • The Global Portfolio, and
  • Fulbright US Student Program

The Office of Global Education and Initiatives provides an array of study away opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students through the Study Away Program, Faculty-Led Programs and NSE. While away, students take courses toward their degree and develop a professional awareness of their discipline in a global context. Students may study away for one semester, a full academic year, on a summer program, or on a faculty-led “short course” during the winter, spring or summer term.

Learning Outcomes for Domestic and International Study Away Programs

Study Away enriches the PhilaU educational experience by organizing programs that allow students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the political, economic, and/or cultural developments of a particular geographic region.
  • Apply resourcefulness and flexibility while attempting to adapt to new cultural environments.
  • Engage with and be open to people, ideas, and activities from other cultures as a means of personal development.

Study Away Program

The Study Away Office provides individualized attention to each student, reviews his/her academic needs and career goals, and advises on program options. To ensure students stay on track for graduation, students must have all study abroad courses reviewed and approved by their Academic Advisor/Program Director and the Study Away Office during the application period. Only pre-approved courses and credits taken abroad will be accepted by Philadelphia University and reported on a student’s Philadelphia University transcript.

Students have program options all over the world: Italy, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, etc. In Italy, students can participate in one of Philadelphia University’s own study abroad programs: Philadelphia University’s Center for Architecture, Design and Fashion Studies in Rome. During the fall semester, Philadelphia University offers a custom program for Health Science Students in San Josa, Costa Rica with CEA and Veritas University. For more information on study abroad programs, the application and approval process, deadlines and requirements, please contact the Study Away Office or visit their website:

Basic Requirements for Study Abroad:

  • Foreign program must be approved by the Study Away Office
  • Completion of the online study abroad application and all supporting materials [Letters of recommendation from two faculty members, transcript (official or unofficial depending on the program), essay questions and course approval from Academic Advisor/Program Director]
  • Individual appointment with the Study Away program manager, or attend one of our approved program advising sessions.
  • Certification from the Office of Student Life that the student is not on disciplinary probation
  • Completion of 60 credits prior to departing for a summer/semester/year-long program. (The completion of 60 credits may apply for participation in short courses; see guidelines by course.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (Please note: many foreign institutions may require a higher GPA of 2.75 or 3.0) and certification that the student is not on academic probation.

Additional documents, an external application, and/or a portfolio of work may be required and will be noted on the Study Away application.

National Student Exchange
The University is a member of the National Student Exchange. The National Student Exchange is a unique, not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through NSE, these member institutions provide exchange opportunities for the multitude of undergraduate students for whom an overseas experience is not appropriate, comfortable or affordable.

Basic Requirements for National Student Exchange:

  • Must be a full time student at the home campus.
  • Must be in good academic standing with no incomplete grades from previous terms.
  • Certification from the Office of Student Life that the student is not on disciplinary probation.
  • No outstanding financial obligations to the home campus.
  • May not be on probation, parole, or have pending legal judgments.
  • Completion of 60 credits prior to departing for a summer/semester/year-long program.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale)

Additional documents and/or a portfolio of work may be required and will be noted by the host institution.