Four-Year Plan for Study Abroad
- Consider College Requirements: Approaches, Quantitative, Foreign Language, and Physical Education.
- Mention your desire to study abroad to your dean, pre-health adviser (if applicable) and to any faculty you consult.
- Reflect on how you have adjusted to Bryn Mawr. This may be a good indicator of how you might handle a program abroad.
- Start to research study abroad programs on the approved program list.
- Apply for a passport.
- Attend mandatory sophomore Study Abroad information sessions in the fall.
- In the fall, and no later than Confirmation of Registration in January, meet with dean and major advisor(s) to discuss incorporating study abroad into your academic plans.
- Complete your College-Wide Requirement Plans with your dean
- Meet with your major advisor(s) to declare your major and any minors or concentrations and to complete your Major Work Plan in Bionic
- Consider the academic benefits and cultural experiences you hope to gain. Use these criteria to assess each program to decide which is best for you.
- Consult with Study Abroad staff about the benefits of the desired program.
- Consider the cost of living abroad, plan a budget, and consult with the Financial Aid Office about applicable financial awards.
- Research scholarships for study abroad.
- Submit the study abroad application by the given deadline. (LSE/Oxford deadline: early December; all other approved programs: early February)
- Make arrangements for your stay with the host program.
- If necessary, apply for a Visa.
- Complete any remaining College Requirements, including Approaches, Quantitative, Foreign Language, and PE credits.
- Take any mandatory junior seminars or electives needed to complete major(s) and minor(s)/concentration(s).
- Consider how your studies in a program abroad might influence your thesis or other culminating senior work.
- Enjoy being abroad! Be sure to stay in touch with Study Abroad staff, your dean and advisor(s). Should there be a problem, they can help you.
- Complete any mandatory classes for graduation, including Senior Seminars and/or a thesis (if applicable).
- Consult with Career and Professional Development (CPD) about incorporating study abroad into graduate school and career plans.
- Consider Fulbright grant program (US citizens only) or Watson Fellowship for opportunities to live and study abroad after graduation.
- Consider sharing your experiences abroad with a wider audience:
- Attend the Delaware Valley Re-Entry Conference
- Contribute to the Study Abroad Blog
- Become a study abroad ambassador! Attend events and share your experiences with prospective study abroad students.