For the purposes of The Study Group Directory, a study group:
- is focused on the study of The Urantia Book,
- is open to all readers,
- is apolitical in nature,
- is free from any activities that may distract students from the teachings of The Urantia Book.
Study groups are autonomous gatherings of Urantia Book readers, unaffiliated with any organization, though the organizations that sponsor this Internet resource foster and support them.