Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

My job requires frequent travel, can I still attend your program?

Yes! Many courses meet only once a week and all core courses are available in a technology-assisted, distance learning format enabling you to do your course work while traveling, provided you have access to a computer and Internet. Payson requires that 50% of your courses be completed onsite, the remaining 50% can be completed online. This allows for greater flexibility from semester to semester for working professionals.

What airport should I fly into?

Again, this information is different for each program. Please see the individual course page for each program for this information.  It will also be included in your welcome letter that you will receive once you are admitted.

What are the core curriculum requirements?

Additionally, prior to studying abroad, all Tulane students must demonstrate completion of the following components of the Newcomb-Tulane core curriculum:

    Language Competency
    Quantitative Reasoning
    Writing Proficiency
    Public Service Requirement (first level)

What core skills and competencies are taught in the ID program?

To function as an effective development professional you will need to have a variety of skills. These include the following:

Analytical skills ranging from

  • Application of theory to analyze a real world problem,
  • Application of statistical knowledge to unravel a complex situation on which quantitative data is available, and
  • Presentational skills using multimedia and computer.

A person who has the knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge will develop competencies in critical areas such as

What do I do if I cannot pay my tuition by the tuition deadline?

Please contact Accounts Receivable, (504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by the Payson Center. Failure to pay on time will result in late fees being assessed but will not result in your being dropped from the program. No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

What do I do if I need to cancel or withdraw?

To cancel your application before acceptance into the program you must send a written request to our Summer Institute administrator at To withdraw form the program after acceptance please see the above section titled “Withdrawal from the Program” on the "Once You've Been Accepted" Webpage.

What is the deadline to apply?


The deadline to apply is March 18th .  We encourage you to apply as applications are considered on a rolling basis and some programs fill up rather quickly.

What is the Minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA)?

Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. Please note that the Tulane standard takes precedence in study abroad selection, even if a program provider indicates that students with a lower CGPA are eligible to apply. In the event a program provider requires a higher CGPA than the Tulane standard, students must meet the higher standard.

What kind of jobs do the program's alumni have?

Our graduates work in a variety of institutions ranging from national and international NGOs such as CARE, the International Red Cross, the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to US government agencies such as the State Department, USAID, the Peace Corps, the Department of Agriculture and state governments. Some graduates also work for multi-lateral donors such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and private corporations.


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