Marist International Programs: Petition Process for MIP review of non-approved study abroad programs
Students who study abroad through Marist International Programs (MIP) remain registered at Marist College and receive resident credit. The College has made a commitment to support study abroad through the ability to carry much of one’s financial aid to a program in the MIP approved program portfolio, as well as the ability to complete core, and in many cases major and/or minor, requirements on approved programs overseas.
The MIP office maintains a portfolio of semester and academic year programs which have been vetted according to international education best practice and the needs of the College’s students. This portfolio is reviewed by MIP staff every summer, and is available on the Marist International Programs website. A partial list of criteria used in the program review process would include a review of the academics of a program, the administrative model, local staff support and structure, safety and security, quality of student services, integration with the local community and culture, institutional, national, and international affiliations, and MIP capacity for monitoring and evaluation.
Information on best practice in international education, used in MIP program review, can be found through the publications and websites of NAFSA (The Association of International Educators), OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), IES (The Institute for the International Education of Students), CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), and The Forum on Education Abroad.
It is possible for students to submit a petition for MIP review of a program not currently available in the MIP portfolio of approved programs. It is strongly preferred that such petitions be submitted for programs offered by one of Marist International Program's institutional affiliates:
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) http://www.ciee.org
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) http://www.iesabroad.org
The School for International Training (SIT) http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad
Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) http://www.keiabroad.org
Academic Programs International (API) http://www.academicintl.com/
If you would like to apply for MIP review of one of these institutions' semester or academic year abroad programs, or otherwise another study abroad program not offered by one of these affiliates, you may do so. Applicants should send an email to email@example.com with the following information to request MIP review of a program:
- In the subject line of the email, write: “Petition for MIP Review,” followed by the program name and your name, location, and your name. Also note what semester and year you hope to study abroad.
- In the body of the message, discuss your rationale for choosing the particular program and location. How the program fits your educational objectives.
- Discuss any interaction/discussion you have had with your Academic Advisor in relation to the program and location.
Program review can take time (2-3 weeks). It is your responsibility to confirm that your email requesting expedited review has been received. Expedited review of a program then takes an addiitonal 3-4 weeks. Please note that by no means does application for expedited MIP review guarantee approval for any program.