External Programs

Important facts to know when doing an External study abroad program: 

  • USF will NOT award Federal, State, or USF Financial Aid for the period while a student is on Leave of Absence, but some private loan options may be available. We recommend that a student consult a USF Financial Aid counselor for financial considerations and external options. Please refer to the Finance section of our website for detailed information. 
  • Students pay tuition, housing costs, and all other fees directly to the host institution/program, not to USF.
  • If students want to receive credit, students should submit a Petition to Enroll at Another Institution (PEAI) form for credit. 
  • Students are required to complete a Leave of Absence form to avoid a billing statement from USF. Available in LM 340.
  • Students are required to complete a Waiver of Liability and the post-decision Questionnaires with their Emergency Contact Info and material items through their Terra Dotta Application as part of their Pre-Departure Materials
  • Students are required to complete a Petition to Enroll at Another Institution (PEAI) form to assure that credit for course work transfers. Signatures from the following staff will be necessary: Study Abroad Advisor, Academic Advisor, School Dean (CASA), and the University Evaluator. Form is available in LM 340. 
  • These pre-approved course units will transfer towards graduation, but the course names or grades will NOT appear on the student’s USF transcript.
  • The University of San Francisco does NOT recognize unaccredited study abroad programs or programs offered by unaccredited U.S. schools or agencies. Please contact us to see if a host program is considered accredited. 
  • The University of San Francisco does not approve or support study abroad to any country where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning exists, or where there is a Health Travel Advisory by the World Health Organization or by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
  • Students are expected to comply with all travel restrictions or sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Treasury Department.

For additional information concerning a country's travel status, please consult the following websites: