Application Process for Semester Programs

To be eligible for a semester off campus you must complete the three-part application process listed below, which consists of Dordt internal approval, an application to the program you hope to attend, and a pre-departure process after you have been accepted.

step 1: Internal Approval (Pre-application)

Deadline: December 1 for Fall programs, April 1 for Spring programs

The internal approval process determines your academic, behavioral, and financial eligibility for an off-campus semester program. Contact Rebecca Tervo from the off-campus office to begin the internal approval process. You will need to complete and submit the following:

  • Internal Approval (Pre-application) form
  • Program evaluation signed by advisor: It is essential that students meet with their advisor to determine if a semester off campus will fit into their four-year plans. The advisors must also indicate when a course taken off campus could substitute for a course in their department.
  • Faculty Reference Form
  • Application essay: One- to two-page essay articulating the student's goals for the semester off-campus as well as how the semester off-campus will contribute to their personal and vocational goals.
  • Program Course Check Sheet: Students use this document to indicate the courses in which they intend to enroll on their semester off-campus. These program-specific sheets also indicate if certain courses may meet core requirements. Please contact Rebecca Tervo for your program's Course Check Sheet.
  • Official Dordt Transcript: Students will fill out a green form in the Registrar's Office to request that their transcript be sent to Rebecca Tervo's office in the Global Education department.

step 2: Application Process

You can find the application materials for SPICE and SPIN online. For all Dordt partner programs, you should access the application information on the corresponding program website, paying close attention to deadlines and requirements.

step 3: Pre-departure Information

Once you have been accepted to an off-campus program, you should begin to make preparations for going abroad. If your program is outside of the United States, you should obtain a passport immediately. You will also need to complete a number of forms, make an appointment for a pre-travel health check, and address housing needs for the upcoming year.


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