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F&M Eligibility

In order to study off campus during the academic year, Franklin & Marshall requires that all students:
  • have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (though many programs require a higher GPA for application; therefore, a GPA of 2.75* or higher is strongly recommended)

  • have a plan to declare a major area of study

  • be making satisfactory academic progress

  • demonstrate evidence of social maturity

  • not be on any academic or disciplinary probation

*Students who intend to apply for a semester or academic year program (NOT summer) whose GPA falls below 2.75 will be required to submit an additional Faculty Recommendation.


To study during the summer term:
  • Students may apply to programs offered in the summer following freshman year.

To study during the academic year (a Semester or Academic Year term):
  • Students may apply to programs offered in the junior year or first semester of the senior year. A student who would like to study off campus during the final semester of the senior year must petition the Committee on Academic Status (CAS) for approval to do so.


Prepare for a competitive process:

It is also important to note that Off-Campus Study at F&M during the academic year is increasingly competitive due to high demand for the number of spaces available for Off-Campus Study each semester. Students should be prepared for a process that will require time, thought, preparation, strict deadlines, and regular contact with the student’s Academic Advisor and OCS Advisor.

For semester and academic year programs, all students’ materials will first be reviewed by the F&M International & Off-Campus Study (IOCS) faculty committee, and students are not guaranteed approval. Students may be deferred to another program/term or denied. See F&M Approval Criteria below.


F&M Approval Criteria

When determining a student’s approval to apply to a program and term, the International & Off-Campus Study (IOCS) faculty committee will consider the following criteria (in no particular order) as part of a holistic evaluation.

  • Class year

  • Academic flexibility

  • Off-Campus Study requirement within the major/minor

  • Cumulative GPA

  • Knowledge and suitability of selected program & term

  • General organization, preparation, and timeliness

  • Recommendation(s)

  • Essay responses

  • Student conduct and disciplinary record

  • Extenuating factors/circumstances not listed above

Please note that students will require special approval when applying for an additional OCS  semester. Previous summer study abroad experience will not negatively impact consideration of application for semester Off-Campus Study.


Program Eligibility

Note that each program has its own eligibility rules and criteria including GPA, language prerequisites, and course prerequisites.

Most programs require a GPA of 2.75 or higher, but there are many that have a 3.0 GPA requirement, and others like Oxford may even require a 3.7 GPA or above.

As you explore programs, take note of eligibility requirements like GPA and language or course prerequisites. Your Off-Campus Study Advisor will also help you think through these requirements as you narrow down your program choices.