Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Juniors Abroad Policies

In order to enrich the intercultural and international awareness of our campus community, George Fox University offers a transportation-subsidized overseas course of approximately three weeks to any junior student who has fulfilled the following requirements. These tours occur during the annual May Term. Detailed information about eligibility and specific study tours is available from the director of Juniors Abroad.


The student who successfully participates in Juniors Abroad will:

1. Experience cross-cultural learning opportunities in cultures distinctly different from their own;

2. Interact with the host culture through informal and formal contacts;

3. Experience what it means to be a cultural "minority";

4. Understand how to participate responsibly in a diverse global community;

5. Learn, through the study of disciplines such as the fine arts, language, science, architecture, or history, how various social institutions affect the host culture.


• Students must have maintained three consecutive years of full-time enrollment. Transfer students may receive partial support for transportation expenses; requests for such support should be made to the Director of Juniors Abroad.

• Students must register for either GEED 355 Cross-Cultural Experience-US or GEED 365 Cross Cultural Experience-International and either GEED 455 or GEED 465 (The registrar will automatically register students for these two courses if the student is enrolled in 355 or 365.

• Tuition costs of this course can be included as part of block tuition for the spring semester preceding the May Study-tour. Students will be billed for whatever credits exceed the 18 credit-hour block tuition limit.

•  Students will pay room and board and other fees, in advance, for the study-tour for which they enrolled. All transportation and accommodations are arranged by the university. For the eligible Juniors Abroad students the university will pay approximately one-half of the total cost for the study-tour.   On occasion, a tour with unusually high costs may involve a transportation surcharge. 

• Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of the fall semester preceding the May study-tour.

• Lifestyle violations, as reported by the Office of Student Life, may affect a student’s eligibility to participate (see Standards of Conduct). 

• Students must obtain approval from the Health and Counseling Center before final approval by the Center for Study Abroad will be given for a specific study tour.  Students must also keep trip faculty apprised of any changes to the students health status. health status.

• The University reserves the right to disallow a student from participation if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the student or the study-tour group.

• Students must intend to return and graduate from George Fox University.

• Student accounts must be current as of Feb. 15 the year of the tour.

• Students are required to have all childhood vaccinations to travel with Juniors Abroad study-tours.

• Students must obtain a passport by the first Friday of spring semester of their study tour.

• The University reserves the right to withdraw from this program and commitment prior to fall registration in any year. Students already registered under the program are guaranteed the study-tour.

• In the event of an international monetary, military, or other crisis, the University reserves the right to cancel or postpone a study-tour or to make substitute arrangements.

• The University does not obligate itself to alternative remuneration to students who cannot go, who decide not to go, or who are ineligible to go on a Juniors Abroad study-tour.


Eligibility requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the fall semester preceding the May trip and good standing with the Student Life Office.  Students not meeting these requirements will NOT be allowed to participate.

• You must be in your third year of school at George Fox or be a transfer student from a community or four year college.

• For non-transfers who are graduating early:

Those who expect to graduate after three years:  If you are going to graduate in three years after you enter George Fox you must wait until your third year.   You will sign up in the spring of your second year.  This will mean you go after you graduate.  There will be a “buy-in” fee*. You will have the same priority as a Junior.

Running Start Student:  If you are going to graduate after two years you can obtain special permission to go on Juniors Abroad after your second year.  There will be a “buy-in” fee*. You will have the same priority as a Junior.

• For transfers:  For registration purposes you will be treated as regular George Fox students. There will  be a “buy-in” fee*.

*Buy-in fee:  The amount of the “buy-in”  fee will be based on the number of semesters you are enrolled at George Fox University.  


The student is responsible for their personal conduct at all times and agree to comply with all expectations of George Fox University including the George Fox Life Style Standards as given in the George Fox University Student Handbook and the Juniors Abroad Student Handbook.

  • In the interests of the entire group, the appointed faculty or staff of GFU reserve the right to send a person home at that person’s expense for reasons of disciplinary action or if the person is unable due to injury, illness, or other circumstances, to maintain the tour itinerary.

  • For behavior outside of the GFU lifestyle statement or the Juniors Abroad Student Handbook your grade will be lowered at least one letter grade. The faculty/director of Juniors Abroad also reserve the right to fine a person, up to an amount equal to the University’s cost of the trip. Students will not be entitled to a refund from the University in the event I am required to leave the program and return home.

  • Students must have a C- or above grade the week before travel begins or they will not be allowed to travel and will not receive credit for the course.