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Theresa Cann
Assistant Dean, Director of International Education
Phone: 610-526-5375 Undergraduate Dean's Office
Eugenia Chase Guild Hall, Lower Level

Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements


Students who are applying to study abroad are expected to be on track to complete College-Wide Degree requirements.  Please visit the deans' website for information degree requirements:

GPA Requirements

Students applying for Study Abroad are expected to have, and to maintain, a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0.

Foreign Language Requirement

If a student plans to study in a non-English speaking country, they should take courses in the relevant foreign language every semester at Bryn Mawr prior to study abroad.  If the student is applying to a program in which the primary language of instruction is not English, they need to go to the language department and ask the Major Advisor to make sure that they have adequate preparation.   Most non-English speaking programs expect students to complete at least intermediate language courses before matriculation, and some require more advanced preparation.  Even after a student has met Bryn Mawr’s foreign language requirement through proficiency testing or advance placement credit, they should continue building their foreign language skills in upper-level courses

Major Work Plan and Degree Complete Plan

All students must complete a Major Work Plan with their major adviser and also meet with their dean to review and receive approval for their Degree Completion Plan.  Once both documents have been approved by your major adviser and dean, the documents will be uploaded into your student profile in virtual Bryn Mawr.  Print a copy of your approved Major Work Plan and Degree Completion Plan and submit them with your study abroad application.   

Semester or Year

Students who are eligible to study abroad normally will do so for one semester in the fall of the junior year.  Students who hope to study abroad for the spring semester or for a full year must meet certain criteria (see below).

*Criteria for spring study abroad: Students who are eligible to study abroad for a single semester will be expected to do so in the fall, unless otherwise exempt.  Students should plan their academic schedules with that expectation in mind. A limited number of spring spaces will be available for students whose academic or athletic commitments require their presence on campus in the fall. If you are requesting to study abroad spring semester, please submit the “Request to Study abroad spring semester form” with your application. 

The Committee will consider allowing a student to study abroad in the spring if:

  • The major program requires that the student be in residence at Bryn Mawr in the fall but not in the spring;
  • The student would not be able to take required courses following the study abroad semester in the appropriate sequence without being in residence in the fall semester;
  • The student will not meet the prerequisites for the study abroad program until the spring semester, or
  • The student has been a member of a fall varsity athletic team during the student's freshmen and sophomore years and wants to remain on campus to compete in the student's junior year as well.  Other academic, non-academic, extra-curricular, or personal reasons will also be taken into consideration but will be given lower priority.

**Criteria for full year study abroad: Only foreign language majors or students eligible to study with programs for which one semester is not an option may study abroad for the full academic year.  The Study Abroad Committee will consider requests for exceptions to this policy from students who present a compelling academic plan that requires a full year of study outside the United States.

Pre-departure Residency  Expectation

Each applicant for study abroad is expected to be on campus during the semester preceding study abroad in order to participate in orientation program and to consult with their dean and major adviser about credit arrangements.  For exceptions, see “Leave of Absence and Study Abroad” under the section “Study Abroad Policies”.

Study Abroad Information Session

Attend mandatory Study Abroad general information session for sophomores.