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The Office of Global Education (OGE) will assist you with selecting a study abroad program.  OGE has established criteria for participation and an application process, which includes a deadline by which the application must be submitted. In addition, you should carefully consider the benefits of each program in which you are interested, especially when you select programs that are not sponsored by SUNY Old Westbury.

Criteria for participation

  • Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Some programs may require a higher average.
  • Students may not apply for, nor participate in, a study abroad program while on academic or behavioral conduct probation.
  • Students that have been dismissed or suspended from Old Westbury or any previously attended college, will need to provide SUNY Old Westbury more detailed information to determine eligibility to participate in a study abroad program.
  • Students convicted of a felony will need to provide our University more detailed information to determine eligibility to participate in a study abroad program.
  • Freshmen or transfer students applying to study abroad must complete at least one semester at SUNY Old Westbury.
  •  Late applications will not be accepted. Completed applications must be submitted by the required datelines.

How to Enroll

First Step: Obtain a SUNY Overseas Academic Program Application from the Office of Global Education.  You can also visit the SUNY study abroad website at and download a copy of the application.

It is strongly recommended that students begin the application process at least three weeks in advance of the deadline to allow time for filing the application, collecting the necessary transcripts, recommendation letters and any other required documents. Additionally, most programs require an application fee and have a deadline for a deposit for the program. The SUNY Overseas Academic Program application includes several forms that must be completed in order to be considered for an Old Westbury sponsored program. The application consists of the following:

  1. SUNY Overseas Academic Program Form
  2. Program of Study Statement
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency Form
  4. Confidential Letters or Recommendation
  5. Physician Form
  6. Academic Advising Form

Students are also required to submit an official college transcript before a decision can be rendered.  

Second Step: Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your program choice.

Make sure that your academic advisor signs off on your courses and the Dean of your registered degree program approve your course of study by signing the Academic Advising form. Failure to have the form signed may result in loss of credits. For extra forms, please stop by OGE.

Third Step: Meet with your financial aid advisor to discuss your payment options.

Remember to give your advisor all requested information and required forms.

Fourth Step: Return a completed application and supplemental forms to OGE by the stated deadlines.

The deadlines for study abroad applications are:

  • Fall semester programs: March 15th
  • Winter programs: October 15th
  • Spring semester programs: October 15th
  • Summer programs: March 15th