Academic Policies & Eligibility

  1. Be in good academic standing (> 2.5 GPA). Some programs may require a minimum GPA.
  2. Have one year of transcripts from a college or university
    1. Transfer students are eligible after they have successfully completed one semester of full-time study at Purchase
    2. Seniors are advised against off-campus study unless such study is directly related to the topic of the senior project
    3. Freshman may be eligible for some programs with additional interview
  3. Purchase College students are not allowed to participate in study abroad or exchange programs if they are on probation during any part of the proposed period of study abroad.  You may apply while on probation for a program that occurs after your probationary period.
  4. Receive approval from academic advisor/department

Persons with Prior Felony Convictions

Effective beginning in the spring 2018 semester, no SUNY campuses may include a questions regarding criminal history on admissions applications. However, admitted students who are seeking campus housing; clinical, field experiences, or internships; and study abroad programs will be asked if they have been convicted of a felony as part of the application process for those programs/services. Please refer to our college policy regarding the process for students who indicate that they have been convicted of felonies.

Purchase Faculty-Led & Exchange Programs

Online Application.  Will need:

  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial/Official Transcript
  • Faculty Recommendation

NOTE:  Faculty leading a Purchase Faculty-Led Program or Exchange Program Overseas Partner Universities will review your application before final approval.

Other SUNY Programs

All students who apply to another SUNY institution must apply directly through the respective institution in accordance with their application instructions.  After you have been accepted and decide to participate, you must then complete the Purchase College ‘Non-Purchase  Study Abroad Programs’ registration page.  This page includes forms like:

  1. Study Abroad Pre-Approval to Transfer Credits Form

NOTE: Credits are treated as SUNY transfer credits.  Although the grades are not averaged into your grade point average, a “Transcript Supplement” created by the SUNY campus sponsoring the program includes the name of the program, each course with the corresponding credits and grades earned.  The transcript supplement becomes a part of your permanent record. It’s automatically included with your Purchase transcript every time it is issued.

SUNY Community College Programs

All students who apply to a SUNY Community College Program must apply directly through the respective institution in accordance with their application instructions.  After you have been accepted and decide to participate, you must then complete the Purchase College ‘Non-Purchase  Study Abroad Programs’ registration page.  This page includes forms like:

  1. Study Abroad Pre-Approval to Transfer Credits Form

NOTE:  All credit is viewed as transfer credit.  You should be particularly careful to obtain study abroad pre-approval of the program from your department before you make a commitment to the program; credit is not automatically guaranteed.

Non-SUNY Programs

All students who apply to a Non-SUNY program must apply directly through the respective institution in accordance with their application instructions.  After you have been accepted and decide to participate, you must then complete the Purchase College ‘Non-Purchase  Study Abroad Programs’ registration page.  This page includes forms like:

  1. Study Abroad Pre-Approval to Transfer Credits Form
NOTE:  All credit is viewed as transfer credit.  You should be particularly careful to obtain study abroad pre-approval of the program from your department before you make a commitment to the program; credit is not automatically guaranteed.  You must be certain that you can obtain a U.S. transcript, or a transcript from a U.S. accredited institution or organization.