Study Abroad Policies and Services

Credit and Course Policies  

  • Duquesne accepts academic credit only from study abroad programs that have been approved.
  • Students can go elsewhere for international experience, but will not receive credit toward a Duquesne degree, unless previously approved.
  • Departments approve courses that apply to their respective major requirements.
  • Internships abroad are permitted, consistent with the existing internship policy for your particular academic program.
  • For programs taught in English in a non-English-speaking country, students are required to take at least one class in the language of that country during each term of their residency there, unless they are already fluent in the language.
  • Before Duquesne awards credit for study abroad, students must submit a short essay analyzing their experience and an evaluation of the program. These will be provided to you upon your return from your experience abroad. The Center for Global Engagement will make these essays and evaluations available to students who are considering studying abroad to help them choose where to go.


Admission Requirements

  • Students must be at least sophomores at the time they study abroad. The only exception is if a student participates in a Spring Break Away course through Duquesne University. 
  • Students applying to the Duquesne University's Italian Campus must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.
  • Students applying to approved semester-long study abroad program must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 
  • Students who do not meet the GPA requirements are able to request an appeal to the International Programs Admissions Committee


Grade Policies

  • For each approved international program or school, Duquesne adopts a grade equivalency that permits automatic conversion of the grades earned abroad to their Duquesne University equivalents, which appear on the Duquesne transcript, with the transcript from the foreign institution attached. Students can appeal grades for courses counting toward the major requirement to their department chair.


Orientation Policies

  • To receive credit for a study abroad experience while at Duquesne University, students planning to study abroad must attend the study abroad orientation held by the Center for Global Engagement scheduled the semester before they leave.

Residency Policies

  • Participation in an approved Study Abroad program in the senior year does not violate the university's residency requirement.


** Please note: The above policies are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Engagement.