Application FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program?

I will have graduated by the time my AMIDEAST program begins, or I am a graduate student. Am I still eligible to participate?

My GPA is below 3.0. Am I still eligible to participate in an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program?

What is the application process like?

Since applications are evaluated on rolling basis, how soon should I submit my application and supporting documents?

How do I know if you have received my supporting documents (transcript, letters of recommendation, and advisor form)?

I am currently applying for a new or renewed passport. Can I exclude this information on my application when I submit it?

Can I apply for multiple programs?

I am waiting to hear back from study abroad scholarships I applied to (Boren, Gilman, etc.). The scholarship notification date is after the AMIDEAST application deadline. When should I submit my AMIDEAST application? When should I pay the program confirmation deposit and confirm my participation?

 

 

Who is eligible to apply for an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program?

In general, applicants are eligible for AMIDEAST Education Abroad programs if they:

  • Are enrolled at an accredited college or university and have completed one year of post-secondary study1,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)2,
  • Are physically and emotionally prepared to spend time living in the Middle East/North Africa, and
  • Are willing to adapt to a new, potentially challenging environment.

1An applicant who is not currently enrolled in a college or university, but has completed on year of post-secondary study should contact EdAbraod@amideast.org to discuss eligibility.
2Normally, AMIDEAST requires education abroad participants to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. That being said if an applicant feels there are extenuating circumstances related to a lower GPA, he/she should contact EdAbroad@amideast.org to discuss eligibility.

I will have graduated by the time my AMIDEAST program begins (or) I am a graduate student. Am I still eligible to participate?

AMIDEAST welcomes applications from recent graduates and graduate students. The majority of AMIDEAST participants are undergraduates, however, graduate students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. If you are a graduate student or recent graduate, contact us at EdAbroad@amideast.org to make certain that the program is right for you.

My GPA is below 3.0. Am I still eligible to participate in an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program?

In the past, AMIDEAST has accepted students with GPAs below our 3.0 requirement. Applications are considered holistically, and while GPA will be evaluated as part of the application review. Our Admissions Committee also examines a student's academic background as demonstrated by his or her transcript,  the quality of recommendations,  and the student’s application essay. If you have a GPA below 3.0, please explain these circumstances in the “Additional Information” section of your AMIDEAST application.

What is the application process like?

Applications for AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are accepted and considered on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: April 15th for fall semester and academic year programs, October 15th for spring semester programs, and March 15th for summer programs. From time-to-time application deadlines are extended. Extensions of application deadlines will be announced to started applicants by email, on the AMIDEAST Education Abroad website, and on social media. Despite the open nature of our application process, we urge students to complete an application as soon as possible in order to ensure space on their preferred program.

Prospective students begin the application process on AMIDEAST’s online Student Portal. Students must submit a completed application online as well as submit the following additional documents (either online or by mail):

  •     Official Transcript(s) for all college(s) or university(ies) attended
  •     Two Letters of Recommendation
  •     Study Abroad Advisor Form

After all documents are received, an application is then reviewed by our Admissions Committee.  The Admissions Committee reviews each application individually and AMIDEAST staff informs students of the acceptance decision via the AMIDEAST student portal two weeks to thirty days of receipt of all supporting documents.

Since applications are evaluated on rolling basis, how soon should I submit my application and supporting documents?

AMIDEAST programs are becoming increasingly competitive and some programs often fill before the application deadline. We encourage you to submit their application and supporting documents as soon as possible in order to guarantee a place on your program of choice.

How do I know if you have received my supporting documents (transcript, letters of recommendation, and advisor form)?

After you submit your AMIDEAST online application, you can log in to the Student Portal to check on the status of your supporting documents (Recommendations, Study Abroad Advisor Form, and Transcripts). When logged into the Student Portal, click on "Applicant Home." You will then be able to see all applications you have started with AMIDEAST. If you click on the program, you will be able to see which documents have been received. If you believe that that one of your documents should have arrived, but is not displayed, you should e-mail DocsEdAbroad@amideast.org.

I am currently applying for a new or renewed passport. Can I exclude this information on my application when I submit it?

Yes, you can submit an application without a passport number or expiration date. If your current passport is expired and you are waiting to receive a new passport, your should leave this section blank on the online application. A blank passport section will not negatively affect an application in the application review process.  In this case, you should email DocsEdAbroad@amideast.org the passport number and the expiration date as soon as your receive the new passport.

Can I apply for multiple programs?

Yes, you can begin and submit applications for multiple programs. You should simply begin an application for the second choice program. You will need to complete all "Application Questionnaires" for the new program, and there is an option to transfer certain information between questionnaires.  Remember to mark the ranking preference for each program on the Applicant Home page so AMIDEAST staff can properly process your application once it is complete.  The same is true if applying to more than two programs.

I am waiting to hear back from study abroad scholarships I applied to (Boren, Gilman, etc.). The scholarship notification date is after the AMIDEAST application deadline. When should I submit my AMIDEAST application? When should I pay the program confirmation deposit and confirm my participation?

As noted previously, AMIDEAST programs are competitive. We suggest you submit the online application and supporting material as soon as possible in order to guarantee a place on your preferred program.

While we understand scholarship announcements often occur after our deposit deadline, the increasingly competitive application process for AMIDEAST programs does not allow us to extend confirmation deadlines. Confirmation deadlines vary and are noted in each student's acceptance letter. If you are accepted into an AMIDEAST program, but are waiting to hear back from scholarships, you must still pay the $500 confirmation deposit in order to hold your place in the program. You should note on their Participation Confirmation Form which scholarships you have applied for and the date(s) you expect to hear the results. If you do not receive the award and are not able to participate in the AMIDEAST program, AMIDEAST will refund the confirmation deposit only if there is another student available to fill the spot in the program that we have reserved for you.