Study Abroad

Education Abroad

At Quinnipiac University, we feel a sense of obligation to work toward a more interconnected and globally engaged environment. We do this by increasing intentional global engagement opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn both in and outside the classroom. Quinnipiac students participate in semester and short-term programs, internships, community engagement, clinical, research and faculty-led programs abroad in various countries such as Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland and Spain. Administered by the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement, study abroad programs can develop responsible and engaged citizens by cultivating their cultural awareness, humility, skills and knowledge necessary to participate respectfully in the global community. All students are advised to plan early to study abroad and discuss with their academic adviser to determine whether they can fulfill their graduation requirements through a study abroad program. Students also must attend an information session to understand the policies and procedures for our education abroad opportunities. 

For more information, contact the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement or visit the Quinnipiac Study Abroad website.

Semester Abroad Policies

  1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  2. Students must not have any current and/or pending conduct sanctions.
  3. The study abroad program must be preapproved by the Quinnipiac University Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.
  4. Students must maintain full-time status (12–16 QU credits) while abroad. Some countries limit enrollment to 12 QU credits.
  5. Students studying abroad must obtain approval from their academic advisers and respective dean(s) for all courses taken abroad.  Students who fail to comply with policy and procedure, especially by not receiving course approval, will not receive credit and will be ineligible to study abroad through Quinnipiac University.
  6. The cost of study abroad includes, but is not limited to: Quinnipiac's tuition and residence fees (less the dining service fee) and required overseas emergency medical insurance and security assistance fee. The student is also responsible for paying security deposits, program application fees and/or program withdrawal fees. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to airfare, visas, passports, meals, academic materials, lab fees, internet usage, public transportation, personal travel, etc.
    • If a student is selected for a QU exchange program abroad, residence fees will be paid by the student directly to the host institution.
    • The student is not charged for a QU meal plan.
  7. Students are required to live at the study abroad program residence facility.
  8. Students who receive financial assistance at Quinnipiac may apply their financial aid for study abroad, including federal aid, state grants, college grants and scholarships. Work-study cannot be applied.
  9. For Quinnipiac students studying abroad, the credits and grades for approved courses taken abroad become part of the student’s academic transcript, and all grades are included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Grades are the exclusive prerogative of the faculty members teaching the courses. If students have questions about grading in any particular course, they must consult the faculty member teaching that course. Quinnipiac will not change grades issued by another institution.
  10. Students may not take classes for a pass-fail grade.

Short-Term Study Abroad Policies

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must not have any current and/or pending conduct sanctions at the time of applying.
  2. The short-term study abroad program must be preapproved by the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.
  3. Students shall be limited to two courses taken abroad during their short-term program.
  4.  Students are not exempt from the Undergraduate Summer Credit Policy as outlined in the Course Schedule and Registration Bulletin, which prohibits students from taking more than 7 credits during the summer. If more courses are requested, the student must file a variant procedure form with their college or school dean.
  5. Students may be eligible to apply for financial aid if they are enrolled in 6 credits. Please inquire with the Financial Aid Office for further information.
  6. Students studying abroad must obtain approval from their academic advisers and respective dean(s) for all courses taken abroad. Students who fail to comply with policy and procedure, especially by not receiving course approval, will not receive credit and will be ineligible to study abroad.
  7. A grade of "C" or better will be accepted for transfer credits for all short-term study abroad programs. No letter grade is given for these credits. If the short-term program course grades are less than C, the credits are not accepted.
  8. When studying through a Quinnipiac-approved short-term study abroad program, the student must pay the program cost directly to the host institution or affiliates. The student is responsible for paying Quinnipiac's mandatory overseas emergency medical insurance and security assistance fee. This fee will be paid for the duration of the program. Failure to make the required payments will disqualify a student from receiving transfer credit.

Study Abroad Withdrawal Policies

Withdrawal from a semester or short-term program abroad initiated by the student, QU, the program providers and/or the host institution may result in, but not limited to, a loss of housing, flight, program fees and/or tuition.

  • Regardless of the reason and effective date of withdrawal, it is the responsibility of students to immediately notify QU’s Department of Cultural and Global Engagement in writing to understand the implications of their withdrawal actions.
  • Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the student may be subject to  QU’s student conduct process.
  • If QU, the program providers and/or the host institution cancel a program (even after the program has started) for reasons beyond its control, including, but not limited to government actions (including those restricting travel), pandemics, fire, flood, explosion, earthquake or other natural forces, war, civil unrest, accident, terrorism, any strike or labor disturbance or any other event similar to those enumerated above (a “force majeure” event), participants are not guaranteed refunds.
  • If there are recoverable costs, they may include program fees, including tuition, housing, program-specific social/cultural activities/excursions, safety and security insurance, administrative costs and organized flights. Many of these costs are paid before the start of the program and are not typically recoverable. Students must understand these financial commitments in advance of committing to the study abroad program.
  • There is no refund credit for a student who is suspended or expelled from the program for any reason.