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Non-DePaul Programs

​​​If you do not find a DePaul program that meets your needs, you can still study abroad! You can choose a non-DePaul study abroad program and transfer the credit toward your degree.​​​
Students are required to complete the non-DePaul application process per the student international travel policy.​

What is a non-DePaul study abroad program?

A non-DePaul study abroad program is any international program outside of DePaul from which students earn transfer credit toward their degrees.  Of the approximately 400 students who do term-long programs (4+ weeks) each year, almost 100 students choose non-DePaul programs.

When can I study abroad in a non-DePaul program?

You can study abroad fall, winter-spring or summer. Most study abroad programs are on semester calendars.  If you choose a fall semester program, you will be away from DePaul for our fall quarter.  If you choose a spring semester program, you will be away from DePaul for both our winter and spring quarters.  

If you have a tight academic schedule, fall usually works better ​as students tend to earn more credits in a semester-length program than in a DePaul quarter.  If you are trying to cut costs and you can get enough credits in a spring semester program, it can be less expensive to be away from DePaul for two quarters.


DePaul does not charge you tuition while you participate in non-DePaul programs—you are responsible for paying the cost of the program. DePaul bills an administrative fee of $400 for the first quarter and $200 for each subsequent quarter. This fee includes facilitation of the transfer credit process and mandatory CISI international health and accident insurance​​. You cannot use DePaul scholarships but you can use external aid or federal loans. Once you have your courses approved, Financial Aid can help you with that process.

Academic Credit

Students earn transfer credit when completing a non-DePaul program. Your program must be able to issue you an official transcript.  Students participating on non-DePaul programs who take non-degree applicable courses from accredited institutions will be accepted (i.e. foreign language coursework at a language institute that is part of an accedited institution).  If you have already transferred credit to DePaul, confirm with your academic advisor that you have not exceeded the maximum number of transfer credits allowed per the DePaul residency requirement.​

Program Approval/Application Process

Students interested in studying abroad in a non-DePaul program should complete an online application​ through the Study Abroad office by these deadlines:
  • Spring Semester (DePaul Winter & Spring Quarters): November 1
  • Summer, Fall, Academic Year Programs: May 1
Part of the application requires you to​ supply a list of possible courses with a syllabus in English for each (even language courses).  Notification of official approval, including an explanation of how those courses would apply to the degree progress, takes about 6 weeks