Applying to study abroad is a two-step process during your sophomore year. First, you must apply for BMC approval to study abroad (see eligibility requirements) by the required deadline (see side-bar). Next, once you have received approval through BMC, you must apply for admission at the program of your choice.
- Study Abroad Application in BIONIC
The application is located in the Student Center under the Sophomore Plan section. This application must be submitted by the Study Abroad deadlines (December or February, depending on your program). The application asks you to identify your program and term of study. In addition, there are several short reflection questions that give you an opportunity for you to communicate your reasons for your study abroad choice and your plans and goals. For each question, please limit your response to 100 words. It is recommended that you type your responses in a Word document and copy and paste them into the study abroad application.
- Meeting with dean and College-Wide Requirements Plan
As part of your Sophomore Plan, you should discuss with your dean how your study abroad plans fit into your larger plan to complete your degree. The College-Wide Requirements Plan you fill out with your dean should indicate whether you plan to study abroad. Students applying for Early Application Programs should complete this step by the December deadline; for all other students, it must be completed by the general Sophomore Plan deadlines in April.
- Major Work Plan and Major Adviser Evaluation
Before receiving final approval for study abroad, you must have declared your major. You must also have your major adviser submit a Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation Form, found in the Study Abroad box at the bottom of your Major Work Plan in your Student Center in BiONiC. Please note that your major adviser must give specific approval for the .particular program and term of study (Fall, Spring, or Full Year) you are applying for. Students applying for Early Application programs must complete this step by the December deadline; for all other students, it must be completed by the general Sophomore Plan deadlines in April. (Students majoring at Haverford should have their advisers complete the Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation form instead.)
If you are a double major, you only need to ask the adviser listed for Major 1 in your Major Work Plan to complete the form. It is your responsibility to inform the adviser for your second major of your study abroad plans.
Application Review Process and Timeline
All study abroad applications are carefully reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee. The Committee is guided in its review by the Eligibility Requirements. The Committee notifies students of their acceptance status in January and March.
While review is pending, the Committee will communicate with students about how and when to submit external applications.
Keep in mind the following:
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.
Criteria for spring study abroad: 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 in the spring semester, the application will ask you to indicate the reason you are unable to study abroad in the fall semester.
Criteria for full-year study abroad: Only foreign language majors or students applying to Oxford or LSE 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 immersion in a country with language and culture central to their academic interests.
If you have a disability or may require accommodations abroad, please contact Deborah Alder, Director of Access Services, at 610-526-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org early in the process of study abroad. Access and accommodations vary considerably from country to country, so it is essential to start planning early.