TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Global Pathway Program (GPP) at DePaul University is operated by Study Group USA Higher Education LLC (“Study Group”) in conjunction with DePaul University (“DePaul”). Students in the GPP are bound to these terms and conditions. Prospective students should carefully read the terms and conditions prior to accepting their application for admission. It is important that students frequently review these rules and regulations as they may change. The right to amend the terms and conditions resides with DePaul and the GPP. Students agree to comply with the current version of the terms and conditions. University rules and regulations, which also must be followed, can be found at:
The GPP consists of 2 to 5 quarter academic programs, with English-only quarters preceding as needed. Students may apply for any program, but they qualify for a specific program based on their prior degree-level, grade point average (GPA), and their English test scores (dated within 2 years). Students will be conditionally accepted in to a specific GPP program, but the program placement is subject to further English testing upon arrival (see 7. English Proficiency). By applying to an GPP program, students agree to comply with current terms and conditions and agree to adhere to adjusted terms and conditions. The application for admission can be found on the Application page.
To apply, students must submit a completed application, all previous academic transcripts (high school and university) in the original language and in English, a copy of the student’s passport, and the results of an approved English proficiency test (dated within 2 years). A list of approved English tests can be found on the Admissions page. Once the student submits a completed application, notification of conditional acceptance will follow. If conditionally accepted, the student will receive a written letter of conditional acceptance, directions for paying the deposit and tuition, a list of the required items that need to be submitted, information about arrival and Orientation, and items to bring for on-campus registration. Admissions questions following receipt of a conditional acceptance should be sent to
Students should contact their local Embassy, Consulate or High Commission to ensure they are allowed to enter and study in their chosen location. Visa advice can only be given by the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. DePaul and Study Group cannot be held responsible for decisions taken by embassies or immigration officials regarding visa entry, extensions, or denials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the most updated visa regulations/processes are being followed. By law, for the university to issue the I-20 form, Study Group must receive: the student’s home address, proof of sufficient funds to meet the student’s tuition and living expenses for the entire program through a current (6 months or less) bank statement. If funds are from a source other than the student applicant (e.g. family/friend sponsor), sponsors must also complete an affidavit of support. Available funds must be in Savings, Checking, Certificate of Deposit, or Money Market accounts. All GPP students must enter the US on an F-1 student visa and maintain an active SEVIS record at all times while enrolled in the GPP at DePaul. If a visa application is rejected and Study Group receives written evidence at least 7 days prior to the Arrival Day, the deposit will be refunded, less any bank and courier charges, as well any non-refundable fees. Students holding an I-20 from DePaul must report in person to the university on the GPP’s Arrival Day and register with the University and GPP staff.
4. Tuition and Fees
Directions for paying the $3,000.00 USD non-refundable deposit will be included with the conditional offer letter. Once the non-refundable deposit is received along with all required I-20 supporting documents, an I-20 will be sent to the student for the visa process. Payments may be made by bank transfer or credit card and must include all bank transfer charges (including intermediary bank charges). All GPP tuition and fees are payable to Study Group. The balance of the fees for the first term must be paid one month before the first course start date. Students accepted by an institution after the billing due date are required to pay their deposit immediately upon receipt of the student visa. The balance of fees for the 1st term must be paid prior to arrival. Failure to pay 1st term in full by this date will risk enrollment in the program, including academic participation, housing, dining, and all GPP and university services. All fees for second or subsequent ISC study terms must be paid two months prior to the term start date. Pricing is subject to change.
Payment may be made to Study Group via our DePaul University PayOnline platform.
5. Refunds and Cancellation Fees Policy
If Study Group or DePaul cancels a program after a student has made payment, Study Group will refund all monies collected. Requests for refunds from the GPP must be submitted in writing to Study Group Admissions (DePauliscadmissions@studygroup.com) prior to the GPP Arrival Day or to the GPP Program Director after arrival. In determining the percentages of refund, the effective date of withdrawal will be the date on which the written notice of withdrawal was received, rather than the last day of class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal.
|Written request received||Amount refundable|
|Prior to GPP Arrival Day to the university, first quarter of GPP only||100% tuition & fees minus any non-refundable fees
100% housing and dining
0% of student insurance
|Arrival on campus through 24 hours prior to the end of academic add/drop period, first quarter of GPP only||80% tuition & fees minus any non-refundable fees
0% housing and dining
0% of student insurance
|After 24 hours prior to the university's add/drop period in the first quarter of the GPP and all subsequent quarters||0% tuition & fees
0% housing and dining
0% of student insurance
The last opportunity for any refund for the entire GPP is 24 hours before the end of DePaul's add/drop period in the first quarter of the program. Housing and dining refunds will not be issued. Student insurance plans are non-refundable. Cancellation refunds are paid within 45 calendar days from the date of receipt of written notification. All refunds are made to the original payer. This GPP Refund and Cancellation Fees Policy covers all payments made to Study Group.
6. Arrival Information
Students must notify the GPP staff of their airline information as soon as they book the flight(s), including airlines, flight numbers, and departure and arrival times. This information can be submitted at DePauliscadmissions@studygroup.com. After entering this information, students will be notified of transportation from the airport to campus. The flight information must be received by the GPP staff no later than 7 days prior to the program’s Arrival Day. GPP housing will not be available until the GPP Arrival Day. Students arriving prior to the GPP Arrival Day will find hotel and transportation information on the Admissions page. All students must register on-campus with the GPP staff on Arrival Day.
7. English Proficiency
When accepted to the GPP, a student will be conditionally placed into an academic or English program that aligns with their English proficiency, based on the English score submitted at time of application. This program placement will be identified on the conditional offer letter. However, to ensure success, every student will be reassessed with an English test upon arrival. If this post-arrival test score shows a significant difference from the original score submitted, students may be placed in a program that aligns with a lower English proficiency and this may extend the length of stay in the GPP. If a student’s program is changed, the GPP staff will meet with the student to review the test results and explain the program change. A program change is based on test results and is non-negotiable. If a student’s program is adjusted and the cost is greater than the amount paid, a new invoice will be sent to the student. Payment for the adjusted tuition will be expected within 45 days.
8. Program Enrollment
The GPP runs four quarters a year – autumn, winter, spring and summer. Once students begin the GPP program, they must continue their enrollment in sequential quarters until they complete the program. Students may not leave for a quarter and return at a later date. In the case of an emergency situation, the student should meet with the GPP Program Director.
9. Academic Placement and Grades
For the greatest chance of academic success, students will be placed in the academic program that most closely aligns with their academic achievement to date and their English proficiency. By enrolling in the GPP, students agree to allow their grades and attendance status be released to their agent(s) and family. Students will be required to complete a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form.
10. Academic Integrity Policy
GPP students agree to follow the university Academic Integrity Policy agree not to plagiarize, cheat, use the work belonging to others, or participate in any activity outlined by the university as a violation of its policy.
11. Student Health InsuranceDePaul requires all undergraduate and graduate full- and part-time international students on an F-1 student/exchange visitor visa to be enrolled in an accident and sickness insurance program. GPP students will automatically be enrolled in health insurance through the GPP. Students will receive information about the health insurance plan in their pre-arrival information and the cost will be included on their GPP invoice.
12. Health Declaration
Students must report to the GPP Program Director any mental or physical illness, allergy, disability or condition that may interfere with their ability to successfully complete their program, that may impact the wellbeing of any other student or staff member, that may require monitoring, treatment or emergency intervention during the student’s period of enrollment, or that may require special accommodation. Study Group reserves the right to terminate a student’s enrollment if the students’ participation represents a risk to their health and safety or that of other students or staff, or if, notwithstanding reasonable accommodations, in the opinion of Study Group, the student’s physical or mental condition makes the student unable to successfully complete their program. Refunds are at the discretion of Study Group.
13. Housing and Dining
GPP undergraduate students will receive information about housing options while graduate students will receive assistance in locating housing options on or off campus. Undergraduate GPP students are required to live in GPP-designated housing. Participating in a dining plan is required of students living in designated GPP housing. Campus dining services will operate when the University is in session. During University Center holidays and closures, students will find dining options throughout the local area.
14. DePaul University and GPP Code of Student Conduct
As a member of the University community, students can expect that their personal dignity and property will be respected. In turn, all students are responsible for maintaining standards of conduct that do not interfere with the rights of others nor prevent the University or the GPP from functioning as a center of inquiry and learning. All students are expected to abide by the standards of behavior outlined in the DePaul Code of Student Responsibility. Violations of University regulations, as printed in the DePaul Catalog will result in appropriate sanctions, up to and possibly including suspension or dismissal from the University and the GPP.
15. Alcohol Policy
The State of Illinois prohibits the sale, use, distribution, manufacture, or possession of all forms of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age. Alcohol consumption that results in behavior that infringes on the rights of others in the community and or creates a risk of harm to self is prohibited. DePaul seeks to educate students about making safe, responsible decisions regarding alcohol use.
16. Damage to Property
Students must pay the full cost of any damage they cause to property. Damage deposits may apply to certain accommodation options. These deposits are payable in advance, but no later than the program Arrival Day.
Students may not possess or use any weapons while enrolled in the GPP. Further, the DePaul University Prohibition of Weapons policy states: Prohibition of weapons possession or use, or assisting in the possession or use, of any of the following items, including but not limited to, firearms, knives, clubs, ammunition, explosive devices, flammable liquids, taser guns, stun 6 guns, pepper sprays, mace, or other weapons on University-owned or –controlled property, is strictly prohibited by various local, state and/or federal laws and University policy. Students in possession of dangerous weapons or materials may be subject to immediate suspension and may face criminal or civil sanctions. Students are not to possess or explode any type of fireworks on University-owned or – controlled property unless authorized in accordance with city ordinances and approved in writing by the appropriate University officer.
18. No Smoking Policy
DePaul maintains a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted in any building on University property. Smoking is also prohibited in any GPP-operated off-campus facility.
All students must register their vehicle with the University and obtain a current parking permit. For more information, visit the Parking Information page.
20. Photography and Filming
Students agree that photographs, videos, artwork or other works, that include their image as well as recorded or written testimonials where they are included, may be used, stored or transferred internationally by Study Group, or by a third-party agent, for promotional purposes including printed and online marketing materials and on any social media network without further consent or notification. If students do not wish to participate, Study Group will respect their wishes, but it is the student’s responsibility to remove themselves from the photograph/video by submitting a request in writing to the GPP Program Director.
Students are required to follow all GPP and university policies to maintain a record of good standing. A student’s enrollment in the GPP and the University may be terminated for violation of behavioral, financial, or attendance standards or unlawful acts. No refund will be given and any unpaid fees become immediately payable if a student’s enrollment is terminated. Students should carefully read these terms and conditions and all university policies found in the DePaul University Catalog.
Study Group and its staff and representatives will not be liable for loss, damage or injury to persons or property howsoever caused, except where liability is expressly imposed by law. Study Group will not be liable in the event that any service contracted to be supplied by Study Group becomes impossible to supply for any reason or any cause outside the control of Study Group.
23. Force Majeure
Study Group will not be responsible for any failure to comply with any of its obligations (and therefore shall not be required to provide any compensation) if the failure is occasioned by any cause beyond Study Group’s reasonable control. Nor shall Study Group be responsible for any costs incurred by or on behalf of the student as a result of any such cause. Such causes shall include but shall not be limited to act of government, war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, unusually adverse weather conditions and infectious diseases.
24. University Calendar
Students are advised that campus facilities may not be available during holidays and at times of university closure. These facilities may include, but are not limited to, the Library, athletic and recreational facilities, classrooms, and laboratories. Find the DePaul University Academic Calendar here: https://academics.depaul.edu/calendar/Pages/default.aspx.
25. Valid Prices
26. Agent Representation
Study Group Terms and Conditions are applicable to all students and agents representing students.
27. Current Terms and Conditions
The current Study Group GPP Terms and Conditions supersede any previous Study Group GPP Terms and Conditions.