The Office of Study Away is available as a resource to students interested in non-Trinity Summer Study Away options as well as Trinity. The OSA maintains a list of Recommended non-Trinity Summer Study Away Programs (see below), and extensive resource library. The Summer Progams Advisor is available to advise students on program selectionl, credit transfer, financial aid and other matters.
Required Steps for Approval
Students interested in participating in a non-Trinity Summer Study Away program must complete the following steps:
1) Make an Appointment with an Advisor
If you are considering non-Trinity Summer Study Away program, you are required to meet with a Study Away Advisor. To schedule an advising appointment, go to our online scheduling system, select “*Summer – All Countries” from the dropdown menu, and choose an available time to make an appointment with Summer Study Away Advisor, Stephanie Wobensmith.
2) Submit Summer Request to Study Away
All students must submit a Summer Request to Study Away PRIOR to applying to a non-Trinity program in order to receive the College's approval for off-campus study. Summer Requests are relatively simple and are reviewed on a rolling basis. You may access the Summer Request to Study Away by clicking on the "Apply Online Now" button on the upper right.
Students can expect a response from the Office of Study Away within two weeks of submitting a completed request.
3) Apply to the Program of Choice
Once your Summer Request to Study Away has been approved, you may apply to the program of your choice. Please see below for a list of recommended non-Trinity Summer Study Away programs.
4) Apply for Transfer Credit through the Registrar's Office
If you wish to transfer credit from a non-Trinity Summer Study Away program back to Trinity, then you must apply PRIOR to your program start date. The procedure for for non-Trinity Summer Study Away involves several steps, so it is important to give yourself adequate time to complete these steps and to have your Application for Transfer Credit processed.
To obtain approval, print off a copy of the Transfer Credit Application
(or pick up a copy in the Registrar's Office) and take it to your
academic advisor. Discuss your courses with your advisor and obtain
his/her signature on the form. If you are seeking major credit, you
will also need the signature of the Department Chair on the form. If
you are taking a Mathematics course, you must obtain their approval as
Once you have obtained all of the required signatures, submit the
form, along with a course description for each course to the Registrar's
Office for final approval. The
Registrar's Office will review the proposed courses to make certain
they are not repeating courses already taken at Trinity, and that the
subjects are eligible for transfer. You will be notified by email once
the review is complete, or if additional information is needed.
Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing, and during high
volume periods in the Registrar's Office, additional time may be
When selecting courses, there are several important factors to consider:
- Online courses are not acceptable in transfer.
- Once you have earned 18 credits towards your Trinity degree, you may
not take courses at community colleges or other two-year institutions.
- Grades earned on transfer courses will not count towards your
Trinity grade point average. If you are looking to improve your grade
point average by taking summer courses, they need to be Trinity courses
to have any impact.
- Only courses in the liberal arts and sciences/similar to courses offered by Trinity will be accepted.
- Courses cannot repeat work previously taken at Trinity. If you are
repeating a course in order to fulfill a prerequisite or other
requirement, the credits from transfer work will not be added to your
earned credits if you earned a grade of D- or better on the course taken
- You will only earn credit for courses in which you earn a C- or better.
- We recommend that you select two or three courses for review. This
way if your first choice is closed or cancelled, you have a pre-approved
- Informal (verbal or by e-mail) endorsements from
faculty or administrators do not constitute official approval of credits
by the College. Formal approval is not complete until you receive word
from the Registrar's Office.
- Instant approval by phone or e-mail is not available,
and no approval is granted without the completed transfer credit
The specific regulations governing the transfer of credit to Trinity
are outlined in the Trinity College Student Handbook, or may be found here.
Please Note: Application for Transfer Credit deadline is at least two weeks before your Summer Study Away program start date.
Recommended Non-Trinity Summer Study Away
The OSA generally approves Summer Study Away programs offered by institutions and provider organizations on the The OSA generally approves Summer Study Away programs offered by institutions and provider organizations on the Approved Non-Trinity Semester/Academic Year Programs List.
Below is a partial list:
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