Planning, Policies and Procedures
It is best to begin the study abroad planning and application process at least two semesters before going abroad. One semester is for researching study abroad options; the second is for preparing and submitting the required application materials.
Do Your Research
- Review the list of Approved Study Abroad Programs.
- Speak with program representatives when they host information tables in Alliot.
- Attend presentations by study abroad returnees.
- Go to the Study Abroad Fair in January and ask program representatives questions about countries, courses and program offerings.
Meet with your academic advisor
- Review your course history, plan for graduation, and understand possible constraints.
- Review your transcript for GPA, course requirements (major/minor/LSC), and sequencing of courses.
- Confirm courses you need to take in order to graduate. Speak with your advisor about classes you may be required to take on campus (and not abroad).
- Choose the best semester or time to study off-campus
- Confirm that your department supports your plan for study abroad
Make your decision based on academic and personal goals
Complete and submit two applications:
- Apply for approval to study abroad through Saint Michael's College:
Download the Study Abroad Application Forms or pick up a packet from the Study Abroad Office. Submit completed application materials to the Study Abroad Office for approval to study abroad.
- Apply for acceptance to a university or a program:
Application materials are sent (by the student) directly to a program provider. Most program applications are available on-line and submitted electronically.
Attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting organized by the Study Abroad Office