Q: Where is the study abroad office?
A: Study abroad is part of the Office of International Programs. The Office of International Programs is located in Guild Hall. The office, which also has a resources library, is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am and 5 pm.
Study Abroad Coordinators promote Bryn Mawr study abroad programs and activities on campus
Q: When do I need to submit my study abroad applications?
A: In general, you need to submit two applications: the Bryn Mawr study abroad application and the overseas program application. For study abroad programs on Bryn Mawr’s approved list, a student may begin to apply to one simultaneously as she is compiling her Bryn Mawr study abroad application materials. Students are required to submit the Bryn Mawr College study abroad application to OIP by the required deadline listed on the OIP website and the study abroad guide. Oveseas programs have their own application deadline. Please note that many overseas programs have rolling admissions, which means they review applications and accept students continually until spaces are filled. Thus it is important that you do not wait until the overseas program deadline to submit your application.
Bryn Mawr has direct admissions agreements with some overseas programs. You can find the list of programs in Study Abroad Guide. If you are interested in applying to any of these programs, please make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean, Director of International Programs.
Q: What is the minimum GPA for study abroad?
A: Bryn Mawr expects a study abroad applicant to have a GPA of 3.0. Students with a lower GPA should consult the Assistant Dean, Director of International Programs
Q: After I submit my applications, how soon do I hear back?
A: The Foreign Studies Committee, which consists of faculty members and staff in the Undergraduate Dean’s Office, reviews the Bryn Mawr study abroad applications. A student requesting permission to study in a non-approved program will be notified of the Committee’s decision regarding her request before the application deadline for study in an approved program. If a student is applying for an approved program, she will be notified of Bryn Mawr’s decision within four to six weeks. Overseas programs typically notify applicants of their decisions within a month of receiving your completed information.
Q: Who is eligible to study abroad for the full year?
A: Only foreign language majors may study abroad for the full academic year. In exceptional circumstances, for examples, study at Oxford the Foreign Studies Committee may consider proposals from students in other majors who can demonstrate compelling academic reasons for studying abroad for more than one semester.
Q: Can I apply for a program that includes multiple countries?
A: Bryn Mawr promotes full immersion and integration into the academic, social and cultural environment where the students are studying. A program that includes multiple countries tends not facilitate this. The Foreign Studies Committee is very unlikely to approve your request.
Q: Does Bryn Mawr pay my overseas program tuition? How about room and board expenses?
A: All students receiving academic credits for study abroad during the academic year are charged Bryn Mawr tuition. Bryn Mawr in turn pays the overseas programs for your tuition and academic-related fees. You will pay room and board expenses directly to the overseas programs, unless they are part of the comprehensive fees charged by the program.