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Programs : Brochure

  • Locations: Various Cities, Various Countries
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Restrictions: DU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term DU Billing: DU Study Abroad Administrative Fee, DU Technology Fee
Program Description:

Unaffiliated Programs - Summer

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General Information

LibraryWhile the Office of International Education (OIE) offers more than 150 DU Partner Programs, we do not offer any formal partnerships over the summer, therefore students interested in summer study abroad will need to pursue an Approved Unaffiliated Program (AUP) or an Unaffiliated Program by Petition (UPP). Students who chose to go this route should be prepared to do their own research and to navigate the process much more independently. 

Students pursuing an AUP/UPP option are required to meet with an OIE advisor prior to the summer application deadline. Students should meet with the OIE Advisor that works with the country/region of their interest.  Students can find this information by looking up DUPP program brochures on the country/region of interest or by contacting the I-House. 

Students must also meet with an academic/faculty advisor, who must sign off on their DU study abroad application (document to be uploaded online as part of their AUP Student Plan or UPP Petition).

Can I do a DU Partner Program in the summer?

In addition to the AUP list (detailed below) students can also participate on summer options offered by our existing DU Partner Programs (DUPP). DU does not include summer options as part of our contractual agreement with the DU Partner Programs, therefore if a DUPP offers a summer program it is considered an Approved Unaffiliated Program (AUP) and all AUP policies apply. 

Students should note the following in regards to AUP/UPP study abroad summer programs:
  • Credit from AUP/UPP programs comes back to DU as transfer credit. DU’s transfer credit caps and the last 45-hour residency requirement do apply.
  • Students are NOT able to apply DU institutional aid to unaffiliated study abroad.
  • CGS benefits do not apply.
  • Additional application steps are required.
  • Getting a nomination for an AUP/UPP does not guarantee that the program will accept you.
  • Participation in the INTZ 2501 course prior to departure is required for all students studying abroad, including in the summer term
  • Students pay program fees in full directly to the program.
  • Students will be charged the $150 unaffiliated study abroad administrative fee and the $48 tech fee by DU for each term abroad.
  • Only students who complete all application steps by the deadline (earlier for UPP than AUP) and provide a strong justification for their participation on an AUP/UPP summer program versus a DUPP option in the academic year will be approved.

Deadlines for Summer 2020 Study Abroad:
Unaffiliated Programs by Petition (UPP) due
April 5, 2020
Approved Unaffiliated Program (AUP) application due April 5, 2020
Please see the Nomination Instructions section at the bottom of this brochure for links to relevant application forms

Credit and Grade Translations:

Students are responsible for understanding how credits and grades will be applied to their DU APR. Students should contact their program and/or institution to understand how grading credit scales will translate back to DU. 

Approved Unaffiliated Programs (AUPs)

Generally students wishing to study abroad on something other than a DU Partner Program must select a program from the OIE list of Approved Unaffiliated Programs (AUPs). These programs have been pre-screened to ensure that DU can accept transfer credit from the institution, provided students follow the guidelines and requisites for transfer of credit for the courses they select. While programs on this list have been pre-screened for institutional approval, the student must still demonstrate that the program is a strong fit for them and that the student is prepared to navigate the AUP process. Please see above regarding how to attend a summer option offered by a DUPP. 

***List of Approved Unaffiliated Programs (AUPs)***

As part of the general DU Summer Application, students interested in AUP options must submit an AUP Student Plan for each AUP option they list. This plan requires the signature of the student's Academic/Faculty Advisor to be considered complete.

Students interested in AUP summer 2020 options are also required to meet with an OIE Advisor BEFORE
April 5th, 2020, the Summer 2020 Nomination Application Deadline. 

Step-by-Step application instructions can be found here

Unaffiliated Programs by Petition (UPPs)

Students wishing to pursue an unaffiliated study abroad option that is not an Approved Unaffiliated Program (AUP), must petition the OIE and the INTZ Council for approval. The petition is a rigorous process that must be completed well in advance of the DU study abroad application deadline. Students should be aware there is no guarantee that the Council will approve their petition and should have back-up plans in mind should the petition be denied. 

 As the INTZ council only meets once a quarter, deadlines for submission are very strict.

Students must submit the 
UPP Petition for each UPP option and have met with an OIE Advisor (required) by the following deadline:

  • Summer 2020 applicants: April 5th, 2020

This Petition will be uploaded as one document through DU Passport and includes

  • Part 1: Student and Program Information (including proof of transcript and additional questions)
  • Part 2: Study Abroad Application Essay Responses for the UPP Program choice
  • Part 3: Student Academic Plan and Academic/Faculty Advisor Approval (signature required from student’s academic/faculty advisor)
  • Part 4: Study Abroad Cost Planning Worksheet 

Please note that this petition process is included as part of the DU Study Abroad Summer Application; however, the deadline for UPP Summer applications is earlier than the AUP Summer deadline

Study Abroad destinations must be approved by Risk Management for travel by undergraduate DU students. As part of the UPP petition process, locations or regions that may be deemed to be of medium to high medical or security risk will need to be cleared by Risk Management. Please consult an OIE advisor for more information. 

Petitions are granted in limited cases for students who are able to successfully demonstrate:

  • A clear academic plan for his/her time at DU of which study abroad and the intended program play an integral role in enhancing the student's overall education.
  • Thorough research and understanding of the program he/she wishes to pursue, as well as options provided through DUPPs and AUPs
  • Is capable and prepared to navigate the petition process as well as the study abroad experience independently and with minimal support.
  • That the student's program choice:
    • Offers unique academic options that are not available in a DUPP or AUP option (students should provide detailed comparisons of DUPP/AUP options to this UPP program in this petition)
    • Provides high academic integrity and rigor and provides a transcript from an accredited institution.
    • Meets reasonable standards for health and safety (including the location) and offers a high quality learning environment.
    • Provides the student with adequate support.
    • Has the backing of the student's academic department, which must sign off on the student's academic plan and program choice.

Step-by-Step application instructions can be found here. 

Cost and Billing

Students who attend an unaffiliated program will pay the program directly for the costs of the chosen program. Cherrington Global Scholar (CGS) benefits and DU institutional aid do NOT apply to unaffiliated programs; federal and state financial aid may apply.  Students are responsible for the timely completion and submission of Consortium Agreements and other required paperwork in order to facilitate transfer of any state or federal aid.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with Financial Aid to understand how to use applicable aid in the summer term, and what, if any, impact this may have on their aid package.

Students will be billed the following by DU:
  • DU Study Abroad Administrative fee of $150 (2019 cost, subject to change) for the summer quarter abroad
  • DU technology fee
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while abroad: 
  • Program Fees/Tuition
  • Housing Fees
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Books and supplies
  • Start-up costs (i.e. bedding, linens, kitchenware)
  • Entertainment
  • Medical needs
  • Other living costs
  • Flight(s)
  • Additional Items
If you have concerns or questions about financing an unaffiliated study abroad option, please discuss this with your OIE advisor. You can also refer to your DU Passport account ("Financing Study Abroad") and our website for additional information on budgeting   

Additional Information

Areas to consider when thinking about applying to an unaffiliated program (AUP/UPP):
Ways to Enroll & Level of Support:
  • Consider the type of program you are applying for and how much additional support or independence you would like throughout the pre-departure process and upon-arrival in- country. If you would like to directly enroll at a foreign university as an international student, you would work directly with the International Student Office at that foreign institution. This option is best suited for students comfortable with navigating the process more independently and you should be aware that there may be different expectations of you as an international student. Program providers such as ISA, USAC, CIEE, CET, IES, API, etc are U.S. organizations that assist U.S and Canadian students with the study abroad process, providing added support and additional services. These organizations work with a number of the institutions on the AUP list (see link above) and may be a good option for a students looking for more support. In selecting such a program, it is important that you make sure that the transcript provided for your coursework abroad would come from the required transcript institution as designated on the AUP list.  
Housing and Meals
  • Make sure you understand whether and what type of housing and/or meals are provided on the program. Some programs include housing fees as part of the overall program fee, while other programs expect you to pay housing directly to a landlord or housing organization. In the case of the latter, you may be responsible for finding and securing your own housing. Meals are usually provided when you choose to live in a homestay; some universities will have cafeterias with varying types of meals plans; other programs/universities may not offer any sort of meals, in which case you will need to budget separately for this expense. For programs that do include meal options, make sure you understand how many meals are included and budget accordingly for all other meals.  

Student Visas (Immigration Requirements)
  • Research the country you wish you study in and their immigration requirements. Each country has different immigration requirements and sometimes visa requirements may vary within a country depending on the program. It is imperative that you are familiar with how long this process takes, when to start, and what will be required. If you are not sure where to begin this research, you can ask your OIE advisor or reach out to the program or university. Be aware that sometimes travel to a consulate within another city in the US if its necessary that you apply in person.

No Formal Affiliation with DU
  • The University of Denver has no formal affiliation with AUPs or UPPs, meaning that you will need to serve as the main conduit for researching and figuring out all program details, visa and immigration requirements, housing, class registration, etc. This includes cases where DUPPs offer a summer program - this program is not included in DU's academic year contract and therefore the academic offerings may be different and it is the student's responsibility to research those options. 

Transfer Credit/Requirements
  • Approved Unaffiliated Programs (AUP) have been pre-screened to ensure that the University of Denver can accept transfer credit from the institution indicated on the AUP list. Students should reference DU Study Abroad and Registrar policies to ensure that the coursework they select at the institution abroad falls within the DU guidelines for elective course approval. Students seeking credit towards specific degree requirements, such as major, minor, or common curriculum credit, must work through DU's electronic course approval system. It is your responsibility to understand transfer credit caps and restrictions, the course approval process, as well as how grades and credits translate to the DU quarter scale. 

DU Study Abroad Policies
  • It is your responsibility to make sure you are familiar with and understand DU Study Abroad Policies as they relate to unaffiliated study abroad.
  • Read through the policies document DU Study Abroad Policies.

DU Nomination Instructions

Students who wish to be considered for a summer AUP/UPP must submit a complete DU Study Abroad Summer Application, including all additional required unaffiliated documents by the designated deadlines. In completing essay questions for an unaffiliated program, students will need to demonstrate that they have thoroughly researched the AUP or UPP option they are applying for, and that this option is a strong academic fit and meets their needs.  

The DU Summer Application includes the following required steps:
  • Meet with an OIE Advisor prior to the application deadline
  • Follow DU Summer Application essay question instructions/ prompts
  • AUP students must complete and upload an AUP Student Plan (must be signed by your academic/faculty advisor)
  • UPP students must complete and upload the UPP Petition  (must be signed by your academic/faculty advisor) 
Please note that if applying to a UPP, the deadline for submission of all materials associated with the UPP summer application is prior to the AUP summer application deadline. For the summer 2020 application cycle, UPP applications must be submitted in full no later than April 5th, 2020. Please see above for more information on applying to a UPP. 

When you are ready to begin your DU Summer Application, detailed step-by-step application instructions for applying to an unaffiliated program (AUP/UPP) are provided here

Completing the steps to apply is time consuming, we recommend starting as early as possible to avoid missing deadlines. 


OIE Website
Contact Study Abroad Returnees (contact information found in DU Passport application "Research and Choose Programs" item).