Study Abroad Information Session
Students must attend a mandatory Study Abroad general information sessions in the Fall of their sophomore year.
Students must be sophomores to apply for Study Abroad and will study abroad during the junior year. With the encouragement of faculty, usually in a foreign language department, students may receive permission from the Director of International Education to apply as first-years for study abroad in Spring of sophomore year. With the support of their faculty and permission from the Special Cases Committee (which must grant an exception to the expectation that senior year be spent in residence), students may apply as juniors for study abroad in the Fall of senior year.
GPA Requirements and Progress Towards Degree
Students applying for Study Abroad are expected to have, and to maintain, a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 and to be making good progress towards their degree. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, students with GPAs below 3.0 may still be approved, subject to determination that they are making good academic progress and are well-qualified for their desired program abroad.
Transfer Students and Study Abroad
Students who have transferred to Bryn Mawr with 12 or fewer transfer credits may be eligible to study abroad. If you are a transfer student and you believe that study abroad is an essential part of your academic program, you should consult with your dean and major advisor about whether you have grounds to ask for an exception to residency requirement rule (which states that you must earn 24 of your total 32 units in residence at Bryn Mawr College). If, however, a semester abroad is not possible, you might consider participating in a summer study abroad program, an internship, or a volunteer program overseas.
Foreign Language Requirement
If the student is applying to a program in which the primary language of instruction is not English, they need to go to the relevant 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, they should continue building their foreign language skills in upper-level courses.
Major Work Plan
All students must complete a Major Work Plan with their major adviser and have that adviser submit a Major Adviser Evaluation Form. Unless they are applying for an Early Application program, students may receive initial approval for study abroad prior to completion.of these documents, but they must be complete before students can be cleared for departure.
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 criteria below.
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. .
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 applying to London 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. .
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.
Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
You must attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on campus the semester before your study abroad term, prior to leaving campus to go abroad. For example, a student who will study abroad fall of the junior year must be on campus and must attend a pre-departure orientation spring semester of the sophomore year.