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STEP 1:   Apply NOW for a passport, or get your current passport renewed if necessary.  You must renew your passport if it will expire before December of your senior year.  Valid passport copies are due by February 1st. For passport information, see:

STEP 2:  Attend the Study Abroad General Information SessionMonday, September 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Seelos Theater

STEP 3:  Attend the Study Abroad Fair:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Hogan Suites B/C, 4th floor.  Students who studied abroad last year (returnees) will share their experiences, photos, memorabilia, and answer any questions you may have. Learn from fellow students what study abroad is all about! 

STEP 4:  Research available programs:  Go to and click on Program Search in the left-hand navigation column.

  • Attend country-specific Study Abroad information sessions scheduled throughout September and October.
  • Make an appointment to speak with the Study Abroad director of the program or programs that interest you.  The director's name and contact information is located at the bottom of the brochure page for each program in the online application system.  You can make an appointment using the online appointment system on the Meet Our Staff/Contact Info tab on  To request an appointment with Prof. Smith, the Director of Study Abroad, please email
  • Interested in studying in a foreign language country? You will need to make an appointment with your language professor and have him/her sign the Certification of Advising with Language Faculty (CALF) form which you will then turn in to the Office of Study Abroad in Smith 216 before the application deadline on November 8, 2019.  The form is available under the FORMS tab in the left-hand navigation column at
  • Decide on your first choice program (you may select an alternate/backup program) based on your interests, academic goals and eligibility.

STEP 5:  Meet with a Study Abroad Ambassador.  A number of students who have returned from studying abroad last year have volunteered to be Study Abroad Ambassadors.  Get in touch with these ambassadors and take advantage of their experience!  

STEP 6: Talk to your academic advisor before making a program choice.  Consult with your major, minor or concentration advisor and the study abroad advisor in your academic department. 2019-2020 Department Chairs and Study Abroad Advisors

STEP 7: Complete your application essay:  Work with your advisor and a Study Abroad director to develop your goals and priorities for your coursework, co- and extra-curricular activities abroad.  The course choices, as well as your goals, will comprise your application essay for your first choice program.  The application is a first draft and a process we work through together.  Although the application process is competitive, we want all students to study abroad!

STEP 8:  Submit your online application:  Once you have determined your program choice, go to to apply.  The Apply Now link is available on every program brochure page as well as under the Application Procedure tab on the left-side navigation column.  You are applying for ONE program only - you have the option of selecting an alternate/backup program, but please, one application only.  If you are applying for two different semester programs (one in the fall and one in the spring), you may open two applications, one in each term. Applications for all academic year and semester programs open on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and close on Friday, November 8, 2019.  Get started soon!



Prof. Brit Smith, Director of Study Abroad
Phone:  508-793-3082
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 219

Jimena Collingwood, Assistant Director
Phone:  508-793-3090
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 217

Piper O'Sulllivan, Assistant Director
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 218

Christopher Van Booven, Assistant Director
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 213

Tammi Valeri, Budget & Billing Coordinator
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 214

Jacqui Schartner, Office Coordinator
Phone:  508-793-3082
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 216 (Study Abroad Office)
FAX #:  508-793-3676



Eligibility and Requirements

Application Procedure

Independent Cultural Immersion Project

Economics, Math, and Science Majors and Students Interested in Health Professions

Financial Aid, Costs and Money Matters

Courses, Grades and Credits

Talk to a Study Abroad Ambassador