Listed below you will find the important policies that govern overseas education at Villanova University. Please take careful note of each policy and keep them in mind as you start planning your study abroad.


tuition policies breakdown

What is the International Studies Tuition Policy?

Like its peer institutions, Villanova University in 2001 adopted a tuition policy governing its study abroad programs. Under the policy, students participating in semester education abroad programs pay the standard Villanova tuition regardless of the overseas location. Under the policy, students may apply their Villanova financial aid to study abroad, just as they do when studying on campus.

Special billing applies for students who receive Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange and Augustinian Relative Grants. If you are a recipient of the above awards, please contact your OIS adviser and the Office of Financial Assistance for more information. 

What if the program I choose is more expensive than Villanova University tuition?

In most cases, Villanova pays the overseas tuition even if the recipient institution’s tuition exceeds Villanova’s. You should assume that your full tuition overseas will be covered.

What are some of the benefits of this tuition policy?

The opportunity to study overseas is an extension of, not a break from, the Villanova education. Because all participants remain full time Villanova students and cannot take a leave of absence for study abroad, all financial assistance applies. Whether students have grants, federal aid, even University scholarships, that money is credited to the student’s account as if they had stayed at Villanova. The policy is an equalizing one that allows all eligible students to study overseas on essentially the same terms as on-campus study regardless of financial need. It also allows students to choose a program based on its academic rather than financial merits. Furthermore, students who elect to study abroad on a Villanova-approved program are kept “on the books” like every other Villanova student; that is, they have access to email, Novasis, and online registration. The Office of International Studies remains in regular contact with the students, helping with issues of advising, course approval, and other troubleshooting. Most importantly, coursework successfully completed overseas transfer to the Villanova transcript. Credit earned abroad is applied toward major, minor, and core requirements as approved prior to departure.

What about room and board?

Non-tuition costs such as room and board are not paid to Villanova University, but are instead paid to the university or program in which the student enrolls. In general, these room and board costs tend to be about the same as they would be at Villanova University. Keep in mind, though, that several factors have to be taken into consideration here, such as geography (i.e., cost of living in London or Tokyo versus Capetown or Bangkok), travel, expenses, and fluctuating exchange rates (i.e., the US dollar versus the Euro).

Want to break down the expenses further?

Use our Cost Worksheet (located here) to estimate the financial commitment associated with your semester or year overseas. For a list of Villanova Tuition fees, please visit the Bursar's Office website.

Pre-Departure Student Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required. Some programs may require a higher average.
  • All undergraduate majors are eligible.
  • Full-time status and Sophomore, Junior, or First semester Senior standing is required. Second semester seniors may apply with special permission.
  • Students may not apply or participate in study abroad while on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Transfer students must have completed three semesters at Villanova prior to participating in a semester long overseas program.
  • All Prior Approval Forms must be completed and returned to the OIS by the fall break deadline (for spring study abroad) or the spring break deadline (for non-VU summer and fall study abroad)
  • Villanova University students cannot participate in study abroad programs in countries under a Travel Warning from the U.S. Department of State

Program Requirements While Overseas

  • Full time study is required while you are overseas, for a semester abroad, this includes the following:
    • A minimum of four courses in an English-speaking country
    • A minimum of five courses in a Non-English-speaking country (one MUST be in the host language)
    • Participation in a full time internship plus three courses
    • Participation in a full time service learning, directed research, or field work plus three courses.
  • To ensure appropriate transfer of credit, all students must confirm their finalized course schedule with the Office of International Studies once registration at the overseas institution is complete. Students should simply send their OIS advisor and email which lists the course names and numbers that they have enrolled in for the semester.
  • If a student enrolls in a course that is not listed on their Prior Approval Form, they must obtain the appropriate department chair’s approval via email prior to continuing in the class.
  • All students must submit their overseas contact information including mailing address and phone number to the Office of International Studies once on-site overseas orientation is complete.
  • Students are not allowed to take distance-learning courses while studying overseas.

Grade Transfer Information

  • Working with a representative of the Office of International Studies, a Prior Approval Form must be completed for each student listing the courses they plan to take while overseas.
  • Credit for work completed overseas will appear on the Villanova University transcript. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in order for the credit to transfer.
  • In place of a letter grade, the designation “T” (Transfer Credit) will be assigned for all courses in which the student received a “C” or higher.
  • Villanova University will not accept an overseas transcript that lists three or fewer courses for a semester’s work.
  • A maximum of 60 credits are transferable toward a Villanova diploma. This includes Advanced Placement, Overseas Study, and summer credits earned at another institution.

VSB Policies for Study Abroad

  • VSB students may take business classes overseas, however four of the six major courses for each major must be taken at Villanova. Therefore, it may be possible for a single major to take two business classes abroad and a double major to take four business classes abroad. Students with one major and any minor(s) are only permitted to take two business classes abroad. Special approval is given by the Clay Center.
  • ECO 3108 equivalents fulfill an A&S requirement and do not count as a business class.
  • VSB students may not take any VSB core curriculum classes overseas (i.e. VSB 3006) but can fulfill major, minor, and A&S requirements.
  • VSB students planning to fulfill their IB co-major/minor study abroad requirement must participate in a qualified Villanova summer program, a six-week or longer non-Villanova Summer program, or a semester-long program.

Program Requirements

When researching an overseas program, the following conditions must apply in order for the program to be approved by Villanova for academic credit. Most of these requirements highlight a main goal of the OIS: Immersion in your host country.

  • Your overseas program provider must be a non-profit academic organization (university, university consortium, government agency, etc.).
  • The program must provide instruction at an accredited non-US university or language institute. Exceptions are only made for full integration programs (e.g., internship, field research, or service-learning programs.
  • Courses must be taught by non-US faculty.
  • Housing must be provided through integrated accommodations such as an international residence hall or home stay.

If you are interested in attending a Villanova Summer Program, please contact the faculty member who coordinates the program to begin the application process.

If you are interested in attending a NON-Villanova Summer Program, all the Student and Program selection Requirements and Deadlines listed in the Semester Programs policies will apply.

  • Students must complete a Prior Approval Form for all NON-Villanova Summer Programs.
  • To receive Villanova credit, a Non-Villanova Summer Program must be six weeks or longer.
  • A minimum of two courses must be taken by the student and if a student attends a NON-Villanova program in a non-English speaking country, at least one course must be taken in language instruction.
  • Students are not allowed to take distance-learning courses while overseas.
  • Students must attend program through the stated dates. Late arrivals/early departures are not allowed.
  • The student on a Non-Villanova Summer program is responsible for paying all fees directly to the Host University or Program Provider.
  • In addition to the program costs associated with the program, Villanova University will charge a $250 fee for students choosing to participate in a non-VU summer program. This fee will be assessed to the student's VU account.

  • Students placed on disciplinary probation before going abroad will not be permitted to study abroad if their probation period extends in to the semester or summer term that they intend to be abroad.
  • While abroad, students must comply with the behavior standards outlined in the Villanova University Blue Book Student Handbook. In addition, all students are required to comply with the code of conduct policies outlined by their Overseas Host University or Program Provider.
  • Failure to comply with any policies, whether outlined by Villanova University or the Overseas Host University/Program Provider, may result in dismissal from the Study Abroad Program, and could lead to disciplinary action when the student returns to campus.

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Office of International Studies
Villanova University
Middleton Hall 2nd fl.
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-6412
Fax: 610-519-7649
Email: ois@villanova.edu

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