Every student should consider studying abroad. There are over 150 GEO programs in over 50 countries to choose from. The eligibility requirements can vary by program, so it is a good idea to read through each program page on the GEO website to see what is required for participation.
Many GEO programs require a minimum GPA of 2.5 and sophomore standing by the program start date. Some programs may require a higher GPA and possibly junior standing, and others may have specialized pre-requisites like foreign language proficiency.
If you are a freshman, there are a few spring quarter programs in which you could participate during your first year of college and before achieving sophomore standing. There are also a few pre-freshman studies programs offered for incoming UO students, which take place the summer before your first fall term.
If you are a senior at the UO, you should know that you cannot graduate the same term in which you study abroad. Receiving grades for courses that you complete abroad can take time, in particular if you enroll in a foreign university/institution. You should plan to graduate at least one term after the end of your study abroad program.
Transfer students at the UO must spend at least one term on campus prior to enrollment in an off-campus study experience.
Minors are not eligible to enroll in GEO programs. Students must turn 18 years of age by the start date of the program in which they plan to participate.