Petition Process

If you don't find a Brown or Approved Program that meets your needs, you may petition for approval of a different program. You are limited to one petition program application per semester.

All students are required to interview with a study abroad advisor prior to submitting a petition application.

Pre-Advisor Interview Checklist

  1. Complete the Petition Alternative Program Form electronically and print. 

  2. Download and print an internal transcript for your study abroad advisor.

  3. Meet with and obtain a written letter of support from your concentration advisor or a faculty member from the same department. The letter must indicate that the department fully supports your petition and that the intended program adequately correlates with your coursework and concentration. Note: You must complete this step even if you have not formally declared your concentration. 

  4. Explain in writing how the program you have chosen fits your academic needs better than other Brown and Brown-approved programs.

  5. Print program materials from the proposed program that will help that will help the OIP review committee make an informed decision

  6. Confirm that the program meets Brown language requirements.

  7. Confirm that the program meets Brown foreign study guidelines and credit policies.