External Programs

External programs include all other study abroad opportunities via other U.S. universities, colleges, or third-party providers. Please visit us for materials and advice on deciding which external program might be best for you. If you have already conducted your own research and have found a specific accredited external program, you are still required to set up a file with the Center for Global Education, which you must do by meeting with a study abroad advisor. 

Important facts to know when doing an External Study Abroad Program: 

  • USF will NOT award Federal, State, or USF Financial Aid for the period while a student is on Leave of Absence, but some private loan options may be available. We recommend that a student consult a USF Financial Aid counselor for financial considerations and external options. Please refer to the Finance section of our website for detailed information. 
  • Students pay tuition, housing costs, and all other fees directly to the host institution/program, not to USF.
  • Students are required to complete a Leave of Absence form to avoid a billing statement from USF. Available in UC 5th floor.
  • Students are required to complete a Participant Information Sheet and Waiver of Liability as part of their Pre-Departure Materials
  • Students who want to receive credit are required to complete a Petition to Enroll at Another Institution  (PEAI) form to assure that credit for course work transfers. Signatures from the following staff will be necessary: study abroad advisor, academic advisor, school Dean, and the University Evaluator. Form is available at the Student Enrollment Services Office (LM 251) or the Center for Global Education (LM 340)
  • These pre-approved course units will transfer towards graduation, but the course names or grades will NOT appear on the student’s USF transcript.
  • The University of San Francisco does NOT recognize unaccredited study abroad programs or programs offered by unaccredited U.S. schools or agencies. Please contact us to see if a host program is considered accredited. 
  • The University of San Francisco does not approve or support study abroad to any country where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning exists, or where there is a Health Travel Advisory by the World Health Organization or by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
  • Students are expected to comply with all travel restrictions or sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Treasury Department.

For additional information concerning a country's travel status, please consult the following websites:

Contact Info

Center for Global Education

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Lone Mountain Main
Room 340 (LMM 340)
2800 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Center for Global Education
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street, LM 340
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6848