All study abroad applications are carefully reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee. Please note that there is an earlier deadline for Oxford, LSE, IFSA-Butler UCL, DIS, Copenhagen, DIS, Stockholm, SIT-IHP Health and Community, and SIT-IHP Cities in the 21st Century, and full-year language immersion programs.
To apply for study abroad, you must complete the following items by the required deadline:
- Study Abroad Application in BIONIC
The application is located in the student center
- Major Work Plan and College-Wide Requirements Plan
You must discuss your study abroad plans with your major adviser(s) and dean. In order to apply to study abroad, you must complete your College-Wide Requirement Plan and have it approved by your dean, as well as complete your Major Work Plan and have it approved by your major adviser.
- Major Adviser Evaluation: Instructions for BMC Majors
You must request approval from your major adviser (for Major #1 in your Major Work Plan) to study abroad by asking the adviser to submit a Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation Form, which is located in the Study Abroad box at the bottom of your Major Work Plan. To request that your major adviser complete this form, schedule a time to meet with your major adviser to discuss your study abroad plans, and program of choice and destination country.
- Major Adviser Evaluation: Instructions for Haverford Majors
Please ask your prospective major adviser at Haverford to complete the Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation form by the appropriate deadline. Once you have declared your major at Haverford, you must submit the signed major declaration form to the BMC Registrar's Office. To request that your major adviser complete this form, schedule a time to meet with your major adviser to discuss your study abroad plans, and program of choice and destination country.
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.
If you apply for approval to attend one of the following programs, you must attend if you are approved and are nominated by the Study Abroad Committee.
- Oxford-St. Anne’s
- Oxford-St. Edmund
- London School of Economics (LSE)
- Tsuda University (Exchange Program)
- Keio University–Keio International Program (Exchange Program)
- Keio University–Japanese Language Program (Exchange Program)
- SciencesPo (Exchange Program)
- Nanyang Technological University (Exchange Program)
- HafenCity University (Exchange Program)
- Indiana University Bologna Consortial Studies
- Spelman College (Domestic Exchange Program)
If you are submitting an application to any of the programs above, you are accepting a place on either an exchange or a highly selective program and making a commitment to attend, provided that you are approved by Bryn Mawr and accepted by the host university. If you apply to another approved institution as a back up choice, you do so with the understanding that you must withdraw any such applications if admitted by the exchange institution, Oxford University or LSE. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to accept a place on any of these programs, please consult with Dean Cann before you submit your application.
Study Abroad Semester
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: 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 in the spring semester, please 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 who are eligible to study with programs for which one semester study 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.
Study Abroad Reflection Questions
The study abroad reflection questions are an opportunity for you to personalize your BMC study abroad application. 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.
Application Review Timeline
Students who apply to study abroad at Oxford, LSE, IFSA-Butler UCL, DIS, Copenhagen, DIS, Stockholm, SIT-IHP Health and Community, and SIT-IHP Cities in the 21st Century can expect to hear from the Committee about their approval status in January. Students who apply to study abroad fall or spring semester of their junior year at all other approved programs can expect to hear from the Committee in late March.