Special Petitions

Programs not affiliated with Syracuse Abroad

Policy: Study abroad opportunities for credit are available to Syracuse University students in the following ways:

  1. Through Syracuse Abroad’s centers and their short-term, summer, and featured programming
  2. Through Syracuse Abroad’s World Partner roster of affiliated programs, ranging from large university-based programs to intensive field study experiences
  3. Through a ‘special case’ petitioning process, whereby students petition their academic department and the Associate Provost of International Education and Engagement to study at a non-affiliated program; if approved, students pay SU tuition, receive SU financial aid, and receive SU credit that is calculated into their GPAs

Transfer credit will not be granted for courses that Syracuse University undergraduate students take (outside of these three options) while on a leave of absence to study abroad. If an SU undergraduate student wishes to go abroad on a non-affiliated program, a vetting process exists for non-affiliated programs. Undergraduate students will petition their academic department and the Associate Provost of International Education and Engagement to study at a non-affiliated program. Students will receive SU credit, calculated into their GPA, and pay SU tuition and receive SU financial aid.

The petitioning process will include: (1) an application and personal statement, offering a compelling academic and professional rationale and demonstrating that the learning objectives cannot be met by any program offered by Syracuse Abroad; (2) a letter or email of support from the department chair of his/her major (and dual major, or minor, when applicable), including a statement approving a list of courses for major, minor, or elective credit; (3) and review and approval by the Associate Provost of International Education and Engagement in conjunction with the Dean of the home school or college.

If the petition is approved, the student will then complete an Syracuse Abroad online application.

To obtain a Special Petition application, you must first meet with Lou Berends, Director of Academic Programs. Please contact Lou via email or by phone at: lmberend@syr.edu or 315.443.1925.

Frequently asked questions about this policy are available here.


Deadlines for submission:

September 15 (for fall programs with start date the following year)

March 15 (for spring programs with start date the following year)