HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES
FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
Honors College Study Abroad Program
Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria
Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.
Freshmen and Transfer Students
- Students without an FIU GPA: If space is available, freshmen in their first year who do not yet have an FIU GPA may apply for a Study Abroad program after their Fall grades have been posted. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply. Transfer students, with or without a completed AA degree, must have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA to apply.
Expected Graduation and Excess Credits
- Participation in a Study Abroad program must not delay the student’s expected graduation date based on the FIU admission term/cohort.
- Participation in a Study Abroad program must not cause the student to exceed the excess credit threshold. Students who exceed the excess credit threshold will not be approved for participation, even if participation in a Study Abroad program would satisfy pending Honors requirements.
- All students must obtain advisor clearance prior to securing a spot in a Study Abroad program.
- Only active degree-seeking students will be allowed to enroll in IDH 4007. Enrollment in IDH 4007 is a prerequisite to IDH 4008.
No exceptions will be made for the above criteria.
Study Abroad Policies
Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.
- Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on honors.fiu.edu/studyabroad, Schedule of Payments section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
- After the due dates there is a 2-week grace period when payments are still allowed (late fee still applies.) Missed payments after exactly those 2 weeks will result in being dropped from IDH 4007 or IDH 4008, depending on the time the payment was missed. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Students are responsible to ensure that any payments made are applied to their study abroad program charges by checking their student account on my.fiu.edu at least 24 hours after the payment was made. Students who do not comply will be dropped from the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Students paying their program through a scholarship are responsible for their payments to be disbursed on time and in their entirety. If the payments were not completed by the deadline, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) of the situation. Students who do not comply with the payment deadlines will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Students must apply online at abroad.fiu.edu within 2 days of securing their spot. Otherwise, they will lose it. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation for summer 2020 programs, must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 1, 2019, 11:59pm, and for winter break session 2019-2020 programs (Honors Costa Rica) by August 1, 2019, 11:59pm. Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- The documentation required by OSA includes: Medical Form, copy of valid passport, Course Registration Form, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
- The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
- Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
- Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):
ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 16, 2020, 11:59pm, and November 4, 2019, 11:59pm respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Students must clear any existing holds by December 1st, 2019, (and August 1, 2019, for Costa Rica.) Students are responsible for ensuring that they have no new holds before they are registered in IDH 4008. Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.
- Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs. Students that fail to comply will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded if the student cannot be enrolled.
- Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
- Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct.)
- By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.