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.
• 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 each study-tour for which they enrolled. All transportation and accommodations are arranged by the university. For the typical Juniors Abroad study-tour, the university will pay the full transportation cost for eligible students. On occasion, a tour with unusually high costs may involve a transportation surcharge. Typical student costs are approximately 50% of total trip cost.
• 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 will be given for a specific study-tour.
• 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 requried 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.
• Students (or alumni or friends of the university) who are ineligible for free transportation may apply to join a study-tour and pay their own transportation and tuition, on a space-available basis. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
• 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.