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Getting Started

STEPS TO STUDYING ABROAD

STEP 1:   Apply 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. For passport information, see: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html

STEP 2:  Attend the Study Abroad General Information SessionTuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Seelos Theater

STEP 3:  Attend the Study Abroad Fair:  Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm, Hogan Ballroom.  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:  Investigate programs:  Go to https://sa.holycross.edu 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 https://sa.holycross.edu.  To request an appointment with Prof. Smith, the Director of Study Abroad, please email jschartn@holycross.edu.
  • 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.  

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 first and second choices, go to https://sa.holycross.edu 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.  Applications for all academic year and semester programs open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and close on Friday, November 2, 2018.  Get started soon ~ it's easy!

 

STUDY ABROAD STAFF

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

Angie Woodmansee, Assistant Director
Phone:  
508-793-3053
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 218

Christopher Van Booven, Assistant Director
Phone:  
508-793-2755
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 213

Tammi Valeri, Budget & Billing Coordinator
Phone:  
508-793-3089
Office:  Smith Hall, Room 214

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

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

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