Students are strongly discouraged from and advised against studying abroad during their final full semester of study at SMU. Doing so may affect graduation/degree conferral plans and related plans thereafter. There may be delays in the processing of abroad courses, including:
These delays are likely to result in the postponing of graduation. This means that students may not be able to walk with classmates at graduation, confer, or receive my diploma until a later date.
SMU Abroad reviews all applications for completion and accuracy, but admission decisions are made by SMU Faculty. Acceptance letters are sent via the application portal.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by a Program Director or a Faculty Liaison. Response time varies, but students are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
Certain hybrid programs have additional provider admission requirements. See program for details or ask your SMU Abroad Advisor.
Applications are reviewed by the Semester Application Review Subcommittee immediately following the Early Decision and Regular Decision deadlines. Students are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of one of these deadlines.
All tuition is paid directly to SMU through the Bursar.
Fees vary based on program and are paid in the student's application. Exact amounts and amenities included can be found on the Cost & Aid page.
General student fees are paid directly to SMU through the Bursar. Additional program fees (housing, deposit, etc.) are paid directly to the provider.
Grades earned abroad will be posted to the student's SMU transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative and SMU GPA. Academic credit earned abroad counts as credit earned in residence.
Courses taken on SMU Abroad fall and spring term programs may not be taken on a no-credit or pass/fail basis. The only exception to this policy is for courses designated by SMU’s academic departments with no credit or pass/fail as their only grading basis option. Students who study abroad on SMU Abroad fall and spring term programs are enrolled in a SMU placeholder course to denote full-time enrollment. This placeholder course (designated with a Z) is taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Students must submit their transcript from the study abroad program showing successful completion of credit hours to receive a grade of CR in the ZPRV course.
Courses taken on SMU Abroad summer programs and during Jan Term (January) may not be taken for a grade of NC (No Credit), but students may petition for one of these courses to be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must petition approval for the pass/fail option from the program director and the faculty member teaching the course. The deadline to complete the Undergraduate Pass/Fail Option Declaration form to petition for a course taken on an SMU Abroad summer program is the payment deadline for the program; for Jan Term classes, the deadline is no later than the second day of classes for Jan Term. Forms are available in the schools’ records offices.