Petition Process for Non-Approved Programs

Students interested in studying abroad on a non-Wesleyan program that is not on the pre-approved list must submit a petition to the Associate Director of Study Abroad. In order for the Office of Study Abroad to consider such a request, students must complete:

  • Petition letter which includes
    • Explanation of a strong academic justification for why the program is more appropriate for their studies than a Wesleyan or pre-approved program
    • Evidence in support of the quality and appropriateness of instruction offered
    • Relevance to the student’s major
    • Measures taken by the program to guarantee student health and safety
    • Expectations for the academic, linguistic, and cultural immersion
    • Evidence that the program has an equal opportunity or non-discrimination statement comparable to Wesleyan's.
  • Wesleyan’s online permission application (includes all components)
  • The program’s own application (may have different deadlines than Wesleyan)

Petitions will be evaluated by the Office of Study Abroad staff and/or by relevant faculty. Since approval is not guaranteed, students are strongly urged to apply to a preapproved program as a backup.

Deadline for spring petitions: September 30
Deadline for fall petitions: February 15