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Applications for fall, spring, and academic year study abroad are due the last Friday in February during the academic year prior to the year a student wishes to study abroad. For example, if a student wishes to study abroad fall 2013 or spring 2014, a study abroad application is due the last Friday of February 2013 (2/22/2013).
The once a year application cycle ensures adequate time for students to obtain immigration paperwork and secure housing abroad, and requires advanced planning.
A completed application contains the following documents:
- Study Abroad Application
- Application fee of $200.00 (check made out to WC)
- Official Transcript from the Registrar’s Office
- Small photo or snapshot
1. Apply for or renew your passport. Your passport must be valid 6 months the host institution’s end date. Most programs require a photocopy of your passport, so please ensure that you apply for your passport early.
2. Meet with Kate McCleary, Director of Study Abroad, to chat about study abroad and discuss Washington College related study abroad policies.
3. Complete and turn in the WAC study Abroad Application.
4. Request two letters of recommendation from professors.
The recommendations should be from professors familiar with the student’s college academic background and with their reasons for wanting to study abroad.
If a student is applying to a program with a language component, one recommendation must be from a language teacher with whom they recently studied.
The faculty member should complete the evaluation, seal it in an envelope, and return it to the student, or send directly to Kate McCleary, Director of International Programs. Make sure to give faculty members a letter outlining why you want to study abroad so that they can write detailed recommendations. Don’t forget to follow-up with an email thanking those that write recommendations for you.
5. The application fee ($200) should be paid by check or money order made payable to Washington College or cash. Payment can also be made in cash or added to a student account in the Business Office. Please ask Business Office staff to notify the Global Education Office of the payment. If accepted into the study abroad program, the application fee will be applied to the Off-Campus Study Fee. This fee is refundable during the application process.
6. Requests for official transcripts should be made to the Registrar’s Office. This service is provided free of charge. Transcripts can be sent directly to Kate McCleary, Director of International Programs. A small photo is also required.
7. After submission of ALL application materials, students will be contacted by the Global Education Office letting them know of acceptance decisions and program placement. Notification is sent via email and your major academic advisor is included in that correspondence.
Washington College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national and ethnic origin, or disability.