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Study Abroad with Naropa & Where There Be Dragons


Naropa University offers six approved study abroad programs through a partnership with Where There Be Dragons. The semester programs must be taken for 12-16 academic credits (full-time student status) and the summer programs are taken for 4 academic credits. The program offerings include:

Who can study abroad using the Dragons Partner Programs?

  • Dragons programs are for undergraduate students only.
  • To be eligible, students must meet the following two criteria at the time of application:
    • 15 college credits completed (Naropa and/or transfer credits).
    • a minimum of an additional 12 Naropa credits completed or in progress.  
  • Students must complete at least 60 credits on-campus at Naropa University to complete their degree requirements. While Dragons credits count as Naropa credits (and not transfer credits), they do not count as on-campus credits.  Therefore, students must consult with their academic advisor to determine if sufficient non-residential credits are available to participate in a Dragons Study Abroad Program.
  • Students must possess a 2.5 GPA to apply and be in good disciplinary standing (i.e. no disciplinary problems, not currently in the judiciary process, not on probation, etc.)
  • Students will also go through a Dragons' application process and must meet all of Dragons' requirements, in addition to the Naropa requirements listed above.

What happens to the credits?

All Dragons' credit will count towards the total number of credits required for an undergraduate degree from Naropa. Depending on the area of study, some Dragons' courses may fulfill core or and/or major requirements.  As with all study abroad programs, be sure to check with your advisor to ensure that the Dragons' program will fit into your degree requirements.

To see where each class fits into core and major requirements, see the Curriculum Map of Study Abroad Courses. Please see your academic advisor for specific information on how these classes will fit into your degree plan.

What does it cost to study abroad on a Dragons Program?

Please visit the individual program pages for a complete description and cost of the program. Students can use their state and federal financial aid towards the four Dragons' study abroad programs. Work-study does not apply abroad.

What does the cost include?

Cost includes tuition, housing and meals abroad. Also, included are orientation, in-country support, and excursions.

What additional costs can a student expect to incur?

The student is responsible for the costs of airfare, passport and visa fee and costs incurred obtaining these documents, snacks, books, medical and travel insurance, and personal expenses.

How does the student pay the bill?

For each Dragons' program you will be charged full-time tuition (12-16 credits) plus a room and board fee. You will pay this fee directly to Naropa. You may use state and federal financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to meet with Student Affairs for a bus pass and/or health insurance waiver. If you do not do this you will be charged for a bus pass and student health insurance.

Are there scholarships?

Dragons offers limited scholarships for qualified individuals. In addition to Dragons' scholarships, there are also a number of organizations that award study abroad scholarships to qualified students. Learn more about study abroad scholarships.

When are Study Abroad applications due for a Dragons' program?

Students should apply for study abroad the semester prior to their intended departure.  Deadlines for applications are as follows:
Spring semester: October 15
Fall semester: April 15
Summer term: March 15

How long can a student study abroad on a Dragons' Program?

Most students will study for one semester. In special circumstances, and with prior academic approval from the student's advisor and the Undergraduate Dean, it is possible to tack on another study abroad semester as an internship through our approved partnership with Where There Be Dragons if it fits with the student's overall academic plan.

Steps for a Dragons-Naropa Sponsored Study Abroad Program

  • Meet with your academic advisor and/or Naropa's Study Abroad Administrator to determine if you are eligible to apply for a Dragons' program.
  • If you are eligible to apply, decide on which program may be best for you. Visit the program pages to learn more or call 303-413-0822 to inquire.
  • Once you decide on which program you are interested in, apply directly through Dragons.
  • As a Naropa student you must choose full-time status (12 or 16 credits) for a semester program. Meet with your advisor to determine the appropriate number of credits for you.
  • Notify Where There Be Dragons and Naropa's Study Abroad Administrator which classes you'd like to take. After receiving registration clearance for these classes, register for the appropriate classes through your MyNaropa account. Pay your tuition and room and board balance to Naropa for the program  and/or meet with the Financial Aid Office to determine how aid will apply.
  • Pay Dragons directly for airfare and travel insurance.
  • At the end of the program, you can see your grades in your MyNaropa account. (Dragons' programs are for Naropa credit, so there is no need to request a transcript.)

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