Application & Requirements

IMPORTANT: Students must complete the George Fox application BEFORE they can submit their application to the external program.

Timeline for applying for Semester Off-Campus Programs 

Please read the following BEFORE you begin the application process.


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, one passport-size photo ID, 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. (Passport must be valid for 6 months after return from off-campus semester.)


It is imperative that students begin the process of obtaining a visa as soon as they are accepted into the program. This process can be challenging and lengthy.

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students applying to Oxford must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • Students must be sophomore standing or higher, including 31 semester hours completed at the time the application is submitted. Exceptions may be made for students required to take a semester abroad by their major.
  • Students must be in good standing with Student Life.
  • Students must be current with student financial accounts.
  • Students must be enrolled at George Fox for a full academic year prior to participation in an off-semester program. Exceptions may be made if necessary for completion of a student's major requirements.
  • Selection will be based on the academic purposes involved, grade point average, campus citizenship, and previous educational experiences.

Covid-19 Vaccine Policy:

Semester Abroad – Due to the nature of this program (4 months duration in one location) the following GFU standards must be met prior to approval to apply to the program:

Option 1 – Complete vaccination (2 weeks past the final dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or past the dose of J&J), or

Option 2 – Proof of positive COVID-19 test within 6 months of departure for program.

NOTE – While Option 2 is an acceptable option for the Study Abroad office, Option 2 may not meet the requirements of a particular semester abroad program or country in which the program is housed. Students should check on the COVID vaccination requirements for their particular program to ensure that both GFU and the semester abroad program’s requirements are being met as these requirements may be different.

Semester Programs - Domestic – Due to the nature of this program (4 months duration in one location) vaccinations are not required by GFU in order to participate. However, vaccinations may be required by the program or the institution in which the program is housed. Students should check on the COVID vaccination requirements for their particular program to ensure that the domestic semester program’s requirements are being met.


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 (an additional fee  is required to attend some programs). Round trip airfare is also the responsibility of the student. 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. (Tuition remission students are treated as a regular student and must pay the additional off-campus program fee.)

Financial Aid

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. Sometimes internships can be obtained while studying abroad.


George Fox does not require a deposit. However, most off-campus programs do require a deposit and an application fee. If approved by George Fox Center for Local and Global Engagement, the student is responsible to submit the required deposit and/or application fee along with the external program application. The deposit (but not the application fee) will be credited to the student's account.


Typically airfare is not included in the program cost. 

Application Deadlines

First Friday of spring semester for the upcoming academic year (both fall and spring semesters). Upload all application materials to the Center for Local and Global Engagement's Canvas site.

If you are applying to study abroad during the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 then complete this application:

To begin your application click here. (Once in Canvas click on "Enroll in Course" on the right side.)


Interested in a program not currently approved by George Fox?

Students are able to participate in other programs aside from those listed on the national and international programs web pages. However, such students must take a leave of absence from George Fox during that semester. Once the student returns to campus the following semester, he/she would be re-enrolled as a George Fox student. Transfer credits are not guaranteed so  the student should communicate with their faculty advisor, their IDEA counselor and the George Fox Registrar's Office prior to their semester off-campus. The student will not receive George Fox financial aid during the semester abroad. See the frequently asked questions section for more information.

Questions? Please contact -
Lynn Scott, Assistant Director, Center for Study Abroad, 503-554-2150,

David Martinez, Director, Center for Study Abroad, 503-554-2646,