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Eligibility Requirements

General Eligibility

At a minimum, students must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to apply for an education abroad program that is managed by the Office of International Affairs.

  • Must be a degree-seeking, Ohio State student who will graduate no less than one term after the education abroad program concludes. Students who participate in May session programs can graduate at the end of summer term in August, in most cases.
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA or higher; must not have a current record action of "Warning," "Probation" or "Probation by Special Action."
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing as described below.
  • Students who are under the age of 18 at any time of application process, admission process or their education abroad program must have a parent/guardian sign all forms requiring a signature as part of the application, admission and participation process. Students should notify their education abroad specialist of their status and appropriate forms will be provided to the parent/guardian.

Specific programs may have additional eligibility requirements. Check the education abroad program listing for details.

Students must also maintain eligibility after being accepted into a study abroad program as defined by the Conditions for Participation.

Disciplinary Eligibility

Registered sexual offender status

Students falling under the requirement to register as sexual offenders in Ohio are excluded from participation in faculty-led programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible international educational opportunities; individually organized, informal and third-party provided options may be open to them under current regulations.

Felonies

Students who are convicted felons or who have a felony charge pending against them are excluded from participation in faculty-led programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible education abroad participation; individually organized, informal and third-party provided opportunities may be open to them under current regulations.

Disciplinary probation

A disciplinary records check is submitted to the Office of Student Conduct at the time of application to an Ohio State approved program. Students who are serving a current sanction of disciplinary probation or higher (including sanctions determined by the Committee on Academic Misconduct and the Office of Residence Life) are excluded from participation in Ohio State approved programs. This includes faculty-led programs and university supported international exchanges, direct enrollment and third-party provider programs.  

Students who have completed an assigned sanction of disciplinary probation or higher may resume eligibility to apply for Ohio State approved programs. At the point of application, an eligibility review is conducted using procedure established by international risk management, the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Legal Affairs. The majority of students successfully completing a sanction regain eligibility to apply, however Ohio State retains the right to deny admission based on prior conduct records.

There is not a separate appeals process for this protocol. Students receiving sanctions of disciplinary probation or higher may only appeal their sanction directly to the office issuing the sanction. This must be done immediately following the issuance of the sanction.

The protocol does not entirely exclude students serving a current sanction of disciplinary probation from possible education abroad participation. Individually organized opportunities including direct application to foreign universities or non-Ohio State supported third-party programs are not subject to a conduct check. These programs may require applicants to submit a disciplinary records check. These can be completed directly by the Office of Student Conduct, and the individual program retains the right to determine the applicant’s eligibility.   

Note: If at any time prior to departure your answers change, you must promptly contact the Office of International Affairs to provide an explanation.