Withdrawal from a course

All students are required to remain at the program location until the final program date, and to complete and turn in all academic work, including examinations and papers, prior to departing the site. Students are required to be registered with CIEE for the total minimum credits as advertised for the program. If exceptional circumstances warrant, the student may request permission from the CIEE Center / Academic Director to withdraw from a course; however:

  • Students participating in a semester program are not allowed to drop below a total of 12 U.S. semester credits.
  • Students participating in a block-based semester program are not allowed to drop below the minimum total number of advertised credits for the program and/or block.  
  • January and Summer term program students are not allowed to drop below the minimum total number of advertised credits for the program and/or session.

Whether the student intends to transfer academic credit to the home institution has no bearing on whether a student may be granted permission to withdraw from a class.

In order for a student to withdraw from a course, he/she will need to have permission from both the CIEE Center Director and home school study abroad office. A Course Withdrawal form must be completed by the student and CIEE Center Director and submitted to the CIEE Portland office for any approved course withdrawal occurring after the add/drop deadline. The student must continue to attend classes until the course withdrawal is approved and will receive a failing grade (F) for the course, if proper approval for withdrawal from the course is not secured.

If the request takes place after the Add/Drop deadline, but before the Course Withdrawal deadline, and is approved by CIEE and the home school study abroad office, a grade of “W” (Withdrawal) is entered on the CIEE Academic Record for the class.

After the Course Withdrawal deadline, if a student stops attending a course, fails to take the final examination, or fails to turn in required work, a failing grade of “F” is reported.

The Course Withdrawal deadline may vary from program to program but will not be later than the mid-point of each term of study, as determined by the CIEE Center Director. The student will receive a failing grade (F) for the course, if proper approval for withdrawal from the course is not secured.