The Catholic University of America

Eligibility Criteria


All CUA Applicants Must:

  • Maintain good academic standing at the time of application and during the term prior to studying abroad.
  • Not be on disciplinary probation.
  • Meet and maintain the minimum GPA required by CUA and by the program.
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements (pre-requisite language level, etc.)

CUA reserves the right to rescind permission to study abroad if a student does not meet academic eligibility criteria or is not in good disciplinary standing at the end of the semester prior to the term abroad.

Semester and Academic Year Program Applicants Must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at the time of application.
  • Have completed 45 credits by the time the program begins.
  • Complete the language requirement for graduation before going abroad.
  • A student may petition to the Associate Dean for an exception to this policy in the following circumstances:
    • If he/she will make progress on the language requirement while studying abroad;
    • If he/she can submit a feasible plan for finishing the language requirement by the end of the first semester after his/her return to campus from study abroad. The Associate Dean will assess each student's individual situation before granting or denying a request for an exception.
  • Meet and maintain the following minimum cumulative GPA requirements:

2.5 for the CUA Rome Program (2.3 for students in the School of Business)
2.8 for most CUA semester and academic year programs
3.0 for most affiliated programs, including AMIDEAST, Arcadia, and IES
3.5 (undergraduates) and 3.8 (graduate students) or above for the CUA Oxford Program

Short-term and Summer Program Applicants

These programs are open to CUA freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate students and eligible students from other institutions. In addition to the requirement for all applicants, short-term and summer program applicants must meet the following minimum cumulative GPA requirements:

2.5 for most CUA spring break and summer programs
3.0 for most affiliated programs, including AMIDEAST and Arcadia
3.5 (undergraduates) and 3.8 (graduate students) or above for the CUA Oxford Program

Important Notes:

  • All education abroad participants remain enrolled at CUA during their program abroad. Students are responsible for removing any account holds that prevent course registration. A financial hold can be a particularly difficult obstacle as they prevent registration at CUA for the term abroad.
  • It may be difficult to study abroad during the last semester before graduation and still graduate on time.
  • In accordance with the Academic Regulations for Undergraduates, "at least 30 of the last 36 credits taken for a baccalaureate degree must be taken at this university. Consortium and CUA study abroad courses meet this requirement." In practice, this means that seniors may only study abroad on a CUA or CUA-affiliated program. They may not study abroad on a non-affiliated program.