2017-18 Catalog

Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad in the Junior Year

When carefully incorporated into students’ academic careers, study abroad can strengthen students’ language skills, broaden their academic preparation, introduce them to new cultures, and enhance their personal growth and independence. The College has approved approximately 90 programs in colleges and universities in other countries. In addition, students can participate in a domestic exchange at Spelman College through the Bryn Mawr-Spelman Exchange Program. Students who study abroad include majors across the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. In recent years, students studied in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, England, and Scotland.

The Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad 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 student’s 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 credits from their study abroad programs towards their Bryn Mawr degrees.

Students applying for study abroad must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. They are expected to have, and to maintain, a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 and must be on track to complete College-wide degree requirements. In addition, students must declare a major and complete their major work plan and College-wide requirements plan by the required deadline.

Students with a grade point average below 3.0 should consult the Assistant Dean, Director of International Education regarding eligibility. Most non-English speaking language immersion programs expect students to meet at least intermediate proficiency level in the language of instruction and/or target language 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 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 In the Student Service Center in BiONiC by the required deadline stated on the Study Abroad website.

Study abroad students pay Bryn Mawr College tuition regardless of the tuition cost of the study abroad program. The College, in turn, pays the program tuition and academic-related fees directly to the institution abroad. Students are responsible for paying room and board costs and all other fees directly to the program or to the appropriate service provider.

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.