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TCU Partner Programs

Introduction

Partner Programs are study abroad programs affiliated with but not run directly by TCU. They include select study abroad programs through CIEE, IES Abroad, and SIT Abroad; our exchanges in Japan with Aoyama University and Kansai Gaidai; and our prestigious program at the University of Oxford. These programs have been selected based on their quality and their long-standing relationships with the Center.
The Partner Programs allow TCU students to access diverse locations across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Students can explore TCU’s approved Partner Programs using the Program Search.
The programs are similar to those administered directly by TCU in terms of credits, costs, and financial aid. However, the Partner Programs require more independence and self-motivation before departure and while abroad. Students work with advisors from their study abroad provider or host university with support from TCU Center staff.

Credits

Credit on all Partner Programs comes back as TCU residency credit that applies towards the TCU GPA and can count towards a student’s major, minor, core, or elective credit hours. As part of their application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.
Some classes are easier to find than others. It’s easy to find major and minor elective credits, general electives, upper-division hours, and much of the TCU Core Curriculum, including FAR, HUM, SSC, HT, LT and RT. Semester students can also earn CA. It is harder to satisfy specific equivalencies for the major or minor and very difficult to find NSC, MTH, and OCO. Students cannot receive CSV, GA, and WEM on these programs.

Costs

Semester Costs for 2017 – 2018

  1. TCU Tuition: $22,335
  2. Program Fee: Approx. $4,000 – $8,000. This covers the cost of housing, may or may not include meals, and varies across programs. Consult the program-specific page for exact housing costs and details.
  3. Additional Expenses: Students are responsible for airfare, meals, books, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets for study abroad are highly variable.

Summer 2017 Costs

  1. TCU Tuition: Current cost per credit hour ($1,480) x number of hours being pursued. For most programs, this is 3 credit hours ($4,400) or 6 credit hours ($8,800).
  2. Program Fee: Approx. $1,000 – $3,000. This covers the cost of housing, may or may not include meals, and varies across programs. Consult the program-specific page for exact housing costs and details.
  3. Additional Expenses: Students are responsible for airfare, meals, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets for study abroad are highly variable.

Billing

TCU bills tuition and program fees for ALL Partner Programs. The charges are posted to the student’s TCU billing account. However, students may be asked to pay their provider or host university directly for other incidental charges such as medical insurance, housing deposits, confirmation fees, textbooks or optional field trips.

Semester charges follow the TCU financial calendar and summer charges typically post to student accounts in June.

How to Apply – CIEE, IES & SIT Applicants

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA, although some programs require higher GPAs:
    • All AUCP programs require a 3.0 GPA
    • Some CIEE & IES programs require a 3.0 GPA
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Many programs have additional prerequisites

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Programs – October 1
  • Summer Programs – January 15, but extensions can be granted
  • Fall Programs – March 15

Application Steps

  1. Complete the TCU Study Abroad Forms. Search for your program and “Complete the Forms”
  2. Complete the Program-Specific Application found on the CIEE, IES or SIT program page
  3. Submit the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.

How to Apply – Oxford & TCU Exchange Applicants

Eligibility Requirements

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA, although some programs require higher GPAs
  • Two semesters at TCU prior to the start of the program. Oxford requires four semesters.
  • Some programs have language prerequisites

Nomination Deadlines

  • Oxford Program: January 1
  • Fall Exchange Programs: January 1
  • Spring Exchange Programs: August 1

Nomination Procedures

  1. Meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator
  2. Submit the Nomination Form to Reed 214, along with:
    — Personal Statement (300 – 500 words) outlining your personal and academic goals for study abroad
    — TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to studyabroad@tcu.edu
  3. If selected by TCU for the program, you will be given the application to the university you wish to attend.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the TCU Study Abroad Forms. Search for your program and “Complete the Forms”
  2. Complete the host university application, which you receive if nominated by the Center
  3. Submit the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. (Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.)

Pre-Departure Information

Visas
Many programs require visas. If your program requires a visa, your study abroad provider or host university will provide instructions on the visa application process. You may need to apply for your visa in-person, at the nearest regional consulate, which may or may not be located in your state of residence.
Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your term abroad because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing for can take 6 – 8 weeks.
Before Departure
You must attend the mandatory TCU Partner Program Orientation. You should review Preparing to Depart, especially the Pre-Departure Checklist and Health & Safety sections. You must also submit the pre-departure materials required by your partner provider and/or your university contact. This may include housing questionnaires, passport copies, course registration, etc. Follow the deadlines closely!

Arrival and On-Site Information

Follow the instructions provided by your study abroad provider or host university. This information will include when to arrive, how to meet your group, and where you will be staying. During your first few days, you will attend an on-site orientation led by your provider and/or university.

Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show that you are enrolled in general study abroad hours as a placeholder: 13 hours for a semester program and 1 – 6 hours for a summer program. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after your program ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.