Policies and Procedures
Off-Campus Study Eligibility and Procedures
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for off-campus programs. Exceptions may be made for students required to take a semester abroad by their major. Selection will be based on the academic purposes involved, grade point average, campus citizenship, and previous educational experiences.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox, courses taken in the selected program will appear on George Fox transcripts with a letter grade. Some courses may meet general education or major requirements. However, approval for such credit must be obtained from the registrar's office before the off-campus semester.
Students pay George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees and an additional program fee which varies according to the external program. Round trip airfare is also the responsibiility of the students. The student usually needs to cover the cost of textbooks and other educational materials, travel to the point of departure from the U.S., visas (if required), and immunizations, depending on the individual program. (Act 6 students must pay the entire program cost. Tuition Remission students are treated as a regular student and must pay the additional off-campus program fee)
Since the student is officially a George Fox student, they continue to receive financial aid, but there are no student employment opportunities in these programs.
George Fox does not require a deposit. If approved by George Fox Center for Study Abroad the student is responsible to submit the required deposit and/or application fee along with the external program application. This will be credited to the student's account.
Typically airfare is not included in the program cost. Exceptions to this are GoED programs in Rwanda and Thailand. These costs include airfare. Ecuador Language institute program cost includes a $600 airfare credit.
Passport applications for U.S. citizens are available online. Detailed instructions and lists of charges are on the passport application. You will need a copy of your ORIGINAL birth certificate, two passport-size photos and money. Completed applications and supporting documentation can be submitted at one of the official passport offices; the closest office to Newberg is the Dundee post office. Have your photos taken at any place that does passport photos. Visas are also required for some countries.
Application Deadlines - First Friday of spring semester for the upcoming academic year (both fall and spring semesters). Submit the George Fox off-campus application form to the Center for Study Abroad.
Interest in a program not currently approved by GFU? Students are able to participate in other programs aside from those listed on the national and international programs webpages. However, such student would be asked to take a leave of absence from GFU during that semester. Once the student returns to campus the following semester, he/she would be re-enrolled as a GFU student. As well, transfer credits are not guaranteed until the student has worked that out with their academic advisor and the GFU Registrar's Office prior to their semester off-campus. See the frequently asked questions section for more. The same policy applies to any student who choses to study off-campus without going through the Center for Study Abroad application process, regardless of the chosen off-campus study program.