PARTICIPATING IN AN APPROVED PROGRAM:
Policy on student participation in non-approved programs
A student wishing to attend a university or study abroad program that is not currently affiliated with La Salle, or is not currently on La Salle’s list of approved programs, must petition to participate in a non-approved program. If permission is granted, the specific courses would then also need to be approved. A petition may only be used for students who have specific academic needs that cannot be met in any of the current La Salle affiliated/approved programs. The student must demonstrate how the program has an academic component that the already-approved programs do not.
Only petitions with clear academic objectives and compelling academic reasons are considered. Petitions are judged on the merit of the student’s academic objectives in relation to specific study abroad opportunities for which they are seeking approval and a positive assessment of the school’s fit and rigor.
Petitions for programs that are in the same country as existing La Salle programs will not normally be approved. Specific program dates (i.e. wanting a program that ends in time for your summer internship), housing option, or attending a program with a friend are not arguments for a proposal. Location (desire to be in a particular city), is only a factor if there is an academic justification for the location.
Students must demonstrate that they will take the equivalent of 12-16 semester hours for fall and spring semesters (fewer are permitted for summer programs).
Only programs whose courses and credits will be posted on a transcript of an accredited U.S. school, will be considered. Students enrolling directly through a non-U.S. school will not be approved. Transcripts of the school abroad will not be used to post courses on the La Salle transcript.
All courses must be given a grade (and not pass/fail) by the U.S. school; only courses whose grades are C or better will be granted La Salle credit. Grades for courses transferred will not calculate into the student’s La Salle GPA. For universities with program grading systems that are not on an A-F or 0-4.0 grading scale, grade conversions will be established by the Academic Assistant Dean at La Salle prior to the student’s study abroad experience.
Petitioners are expected to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and strong support from the Chairperson/Director of his/her major. Students who apply to study abroad programs should be in good disciplinary standing with La Salle University, as determined by Student affairs. Past, current and pending disciplinary issues will be taken into account in evaluating a student’s application to study abroad.
Petition Process for students seeking approval to participate in a non-approved program:
Petition forms may be obtained from, and submitted to, the Assistant Dean of the student’s academic school at La Salle. Before preparing a petition, the student must consult with his/her Assistant Dean who will explain the policy and procedures and give an initial assessment of whether the program might be approved. In addition, the student may likely be instructed to meet with the Chairperson/Director of his/her department at La Salle.
Students must submit the following to the Assistant Dean of their school before the deadline date: 1) the Petition Form, 2) the Petition Process Course Approval Form and 3) course descriptions. The student may be directed to meet with the Chairperson/Director of his/her department for review of, and approval for, major courses.
The absolute deadline for filing petitions for study abroad is:
July 1st for the following spring semester abroad and
November 1st for the following fall semester abroad.
It will be the student’s responsibility to obtain information to provide to the Assistant Dean about the school abroad program’s course offerings, including course descriptions, number of credits granted, grading system, and number of hours of course instruction. If course descriptions are not available on the programs website, students must contact the program to request them. In some cases, students may need to request syllabi for course(s).
Students must obtain approval (signatures) from the Assistant Deans of their respective schools for specific courses and alternative courses they are seeking to take abroad. Arts & Sciences students must, in addition, obtain approval for major courses from the Chairperson/Director of their departments.
A committee comprised of the Assistant Dean of the student’s academic school, the Chairperson/Director of the student’s major, a designated faculty member from the student’s major department and La Salle’s Director of Study Abroad Programs will review the petition and make the decision as to whether it will be approved. The decision will be communicated to the student by the Assistant Dean of the student’s academic school.
It is the student’s responsibility to check with La Salle’s Financial Aid Office to discuss the effect(s) of study abroad on his/her financial aid (including grants, loans, scholarships, and state and federal awards, such as Pell Grants and Guaranteed Student Loans).