Off-Campus Study Programs
If you are interested in these programs, please feel free to reach out to Ward Abel. The programs listed below have been approved by GFA, while other programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students must be pre-approved by GFA before they may apply to any off-campus program.
The school will only pre-approve students who are in excellent academic standing and who have the maturity to handle the added work needed to make necessary transitions.
Pre-approval involves three steps:
- The students meets with Global Studies Faculty to discuss their intention to apply for an off-campus study program. The student follows up by writing and interest statement describing where he/she wishes to apply and why.
- The student meet with college guidance to discuss how a semester away would affect the four-year course plan.
- The student and family meet with the Director of Global Education to review course selection and discuss GFA policies for off-campus study.
Upon completing the pre-approval process, the student and his/her family are responsible for completing the admission and financing applications directly with the off-campus program. The programs themselves have the final choice of which of GFA’s pre-approved candidates to accept.
The school reserves the right to set a reasonable limit on the number of students who can attend off-campus programs during any given academic year. No student will be permitted to attend more than one semester or year-long program during his or her time in the Upper School at GFA. Students who have completed an off-campus program are required to give a presentation about their experience to the full student body at a special assembly the following fall. Students away from campus for their junior or senior year are not eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian status. Families of students attending year-long programs will be required to put down a deposit to hold the student’s place for the following year.