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What is the Third-Party Program Approval (TPPA) Process?

A non-FIU or outside education abroad program is one not offered by FIU. It could be direct enrolling in a foreign institution, participating in a program through a different US university, or participating in a 3rd party education abroad program/provider. If you are interested in participating in a non-FIU or outside education abroad program, you must apply through the Office of Education Abroad to have your program reviewed for approval to count here at FIU. The Third-Party Program Approval application is separate from the application to the actual program. The application to participate in the program would be handled through the organization/university running your chosen program.

They’re a great option if you:

  • Don’t speak the language of the country you’d like to go to
  • Don’t have a 3.0 GPA
  • Are looking for something that FIU doesn’t offer with its FIU Education Abroad and ISE programs (location, course offerings, duration, etc.)

General information

  • Dual application process: you’ll apply to the program of your choice, and you’ll also apply to our office
  • Our office will work with you to make sure that your credits transfer back to FIU and that you receive your financial aid, if eligible.
  • FIU provides a substantial amount of information on all the options you have to study abroad through a Third Party Provider.

Eligibility 

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • May not go during your final semester at FIU (Business Students need 2 semester after return date of program) 
  • Students can take 3+ credits or more towards their major, minor, or general degree program while abroad
  • All University Core Curriculum (UCC) must be completed (depending on program chosen) 

Financial aid

Whether or not you can receive financial aid for a Third Party Program depends on the particular program that you’ve chosen. In order to determine if your program of choice is financial aid eligible, please contact the Office of Education Abroad to inquire.

Note: If you are receiving an FIU specific scholarship (Presidential Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, etc.) and you choose to participate in an Third Party Program, you may lose that scholarship.

The application process

  • Step 1 – Attend an INFORMATION SESSION or WATCH TPP Information Video

    Attend an application prep meeting and learn how to begin your journey into TPPA or watch the Information Video.

    If you choose to watch this video instead of attending an “in person” Information Meeting, please make sure you complete this quick Third Party Program Information Session Survey and bring the email that you receive to your appointment with your Education Abroad Advisor.

  • Step 2 – Explore/Search Programs

    FL State Universities: Search the study abroad websites of other FL state schools and other US Universities (For example, try typing “USF Study Abroad” into Google). We send lots of students on programs through USF, FSU, FAU, and UF.

    Third-Party Program Providers
    Third-Party Program Direct Enrollment
    Third-Party Program Virtual Internships

    Remember to compare the prices for these programs with the prices for programs offered through FL state schools.

  • Step 3 – Check Eligibility

    If you find a program that interests you, look up their application requirements, deadlines, course offerings etc. You’ll also want to reach out to the appropriate office via phone or email to learn additional program details, such as housing, excursions, and where your transcript is issued. Keep in mind that you must check to see that they accept outside students to participate in their programs.

    Elgibibity Requirements for TPPA: 

    • Minimum 2.0 GPA
    • May not go during your final semester at FIU (Business Students need 2 semester after return date of program) 
    • Students can take 3+ credits or more towards their major, minor, or general degree program while abroad
    • All University Core Curriculum (UCC) must be completed (depending on program chosen) 
  • Step 4 – Appointment with the Office of Education Abroad

    After you attend an information session or watched the TPP Information Video , make an appointment with the Office of Education Abroad to discuss the program you’re interested in and to verify that you’ll be able to receive academic credit for the program you have chosen. The Program Coordinator will also provide you with additional information about the application process, financial aid, courses abroad, and transfer of credit.

    Corey Ryan, Outbound Exchange Program Advisor

  • Step 5 – APPLY to the Host Program

    Once you’ve receive approval for your program, go ahead and complete the application requirements for the program you’ve chosen. Again, you’ll need to be directly in touch with your Third Party Program to find out what you’ll need to submit and when.

  • Step 6 – COMPLETE the OEA TPPA Program Application

    After you’ve completed the application requirements for your Third Party Program, you’ll need to submit application materials for our office. The application includes a full description of what documents need to be submitted.

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  • Step 7 – Application Submission

    Submit all materials by the deadlines. (April 15th, June 15th, or November 1st). Keep in mind that your application will not be considered unless you have met with the Program Coordinator and the Education Abroad Academic Advisor.

  • Step 8– Pre-departure Process

    Once accepted, you will be required to attend a *mandatory* Pre-Departure Orientation, where you’ll be given a pre-departure packet to prepare you for your trip. In addition, you can join our Facebook group and become a fan of our fan page for important pre-departure information; search FIU Office of Education Abroad.