Bryn Mawr believes that study abroad is a rewarding academic endeavor that when carefully incorporated into students’ academic career can enhance students’ language skills, broaden their academic preparation, introduce them to new cultures, and enhance their personal growth and independence. The College has approved about 70 programs in colleges and universities in other countries. Students who study abroad include majors across the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. In previous years, students studied in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
The Foreign Studies Committee is responsible for evaluating applications from all Bryn Mawr students who want to study abroad during the academic year as part of their Bryn Mawr degrees. The Foreign Studies Committee determines a student’s eligibility by looking at a variety of factors, including the overall and major grade point averages, the intellectual coherence of the study abroad experience with the academic program, the student’s overall progress towards the degree, and faculty recommendations. After careful review of applications, the Committee will notify the student of their decision granting, denying, or giving conditions for permission to study abroad. Only those students whose plans are approved by the Committee will be allowed to transfer courses from their study abroad programs towards their Bryn Mawr degrees. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 should consult the Director of International Programs regarding eligibility. Most non-English speaking programs expect students to meet at least intermediate proficiency level before matriculation, and some require more advanced preparation. The student must also be in good disciplinary standing.
Most students may study abroad for one semester only during their academic career. The committee will consider requests for exceptions to this rule from students majoring in a foreign language and those accepted to Cambridge, Oxford or the London School of Economics, which are yearlong programs for which one semester is not an option. All students interested in study abroad in their junior year must declare their major(s) and complete the Bryn Mawr study abroad application by the required deadline stated on the Office of International Programs website and the study abroad guide.
Study abroad students continue to pay Bryn Mawr tuition and pay the overseas programs directly for housing and food. The College, in turn, pays the program tuition and academic related fees directly to the institution abroad. Financial aid for study abroad is available for students who are eligible for assistance and have been receiving aid during their first and sophomore years. If the study abroad budget is not able to support all of those on aid who plan to study abroad, priority will be given to those for whom it is most appropriate academically and to those who have had the least international experience. For details, see the Study Abroad Guide, which is updated and published every year.