How to Apply - Summer
Step 1: Choose a Program
- Students may take advantage of Princeton summer study abroad programs, offered by a variety of academic departments or centers. These programs span a wealth of subjects (from intensive language immersion to interdisciplinary and area studies) and are taught and led by Princeton faculty.
- If you are looking for a non-Princeton summer program, the Study Abroad Program maintains, in consultation with the relevant departments, a list of recommended summer language and area studies programs.
- Many of the programs that have been approved for students during the academic year have summer sessions as well.
- For an extensive listing of possible summer programs in various parts of the world, you may also browse Passport Study Abroad, a publication of the Institute of International Education.
Step 2: Seek pre-Approval of Course(s) for Princeton Credit
- If you are considering applying to a non-Princeton program, you should meet with a study abroad adviser to review the requirements for the transfer of credit back to Princeton. You will then need to create an application in GPS, which involves obtaining pre-approval of the credits you would like to transfer back to Princeton.
- To obtain pre-approval, you must complete the “Approval Form for a Course Taken at Another Institution,” available in our Global Programs System (GPS). As part of the approval process, the course description/syllabus must be reviewed and approved by the relevant departmental representative and the Director of the Study Abroad Program (BSE students will also need the approval of the Undergraduate Dean of Engineering). Courses that are pre-approved must be passed with a grade of C or better to qualify for credit.
- Make sure you review the guidelines for approval before submitting your approval form. All courses that are proposed for Princeton course credit must appear on a transcript of an accredited, degree-granting institution. If you have questions, please speak with your study abroad adviser.
- Before you put down a non-refundable deposit of any kind with the host program, make sure the courses you plan to take will be approved by Princeton.
Step 3: Apply to your Selected Program(s)
- Read the information on the target program/institution website thoroughly.
- Make sure you are aware of the application deadline and the materials you will need in order to apply. Many non-Princeton programs have rolling admissions and accept students as they receive applications. You do not want to miss out on your chosen program by applying too late.
Step 4: Apply for Funding
- There are places both on-and-off-campus to look for financial support for study during the summer.
- The Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad offers competitive awards to students on financial aid who enroll in structured academic study abroad and language programs lasting at least four weeks.
- For summer courses taken for credit, the Office of Financial Aid offers may be able to offer student loans for aid recipients to help meet the costs of summer courses.
Step 5: Complete the Transfer Credit Process
If you completed a non-Princeton summer program, you should have the program/university submit an official copy of your transcript to:
Director, Study Abroad Program
Office of International Programs
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A60
Princeton, NJ 08544
Transcripts submitted by students will not be accepted. Transfer of credit cannot be completed until the official transcript has been received and processed.