Fall Semester Study Abroad
If you hope to study abroad in the fall of your junior year, you should begin to learn more about Study Away at Connecticut College in the first semester of your sophomore year. The timeline below will help guide you through the typical study away process.
During the first semester of sophomore year:
- Begin researching CC approved study away programs and SATA programs.
- Read the Study Away Guide and Handbook (found on CamelWeb).
- Attend the Sophomore Study Away Information Meeting to learn more about study away at Connecticut College.
- Although not required, it is highly advisable for students to declare a major. Remember that study away needs to be integrated into your academic coursework.
- Connecticut College course pre-registration. Carefully choose courses that will help you prepare for your study away program, especially language courses. You should also enroll in any pre-requisite courses and courses required for the major/minor that may not be offered when they return from their semester abroad
- Apply for or renew your U.S. Passport. Most countries require that passports are valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the study abroad program.
- Begin to fill out the College's Study Away Application found in the Office of Study Away and on CamelWeb (within the "Study Away" Folder).
- Begin making appointments to meet with your academic adviser(s) in your major to complete the Academic Adviser Form. You will need to bring course descriptions of classes that you propose to take during your semester away. Be sure to meet with your minor adviser if you intend to count courses toward your minor.
- Ask two professors to complete the CC Faculty Recommendation Form. It is your responsibility to make sure that this form is completed and submitted to the Office of Study Away before the study away deadline.
- If considering an unapproved program, make an appointment to meet with the Director of the Office of Study Away, Shirley Parson, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bring materials regarding the program’s admission requirements, courses, credits, housing, and student support services.
During the second semester of sophomore year:
- Schedule a meeting with the Office of Study Away staff for any assistance on finalizing a first or second choice program or help with completing Fall Study Away Applications (Not mandatory).
- Begin finalizing all Connecticut College study abroad application materials and begin submitting any completed sections of your application to the Office of Study Away.
- Be mindful of the application deadline! Applications are typically due around the second week of February. The Faculty Study Away Committee (FSAC) will not consider late or incomplete applications. Students will be notified via campus mail of the Committee’s decision to grant CC approval to participate on study away.
- Begin working on all program-specific online application forms and begin writing essays for all Connecticut College-approved programs by this date. Also give your professors any program-specific Faculty Recommendations Forms (if needed).
- Immediately after approval, bring the Undergraduate Program Approval Form (also called the Approval of Participation Form or the Authorization/Evaluation Form) to the Office of Study Away for the director's signature.
- Request an official copy of your transcript from the Office of the Registrar (105 Fanning Hall) to be mailed to your study away program. Please note that it can take up to a week for your transcript to arrive by mail.
- Complete the application(s) for your approved study away program(s). Application deadlines can be found on the program’s website – it is your responsibility to know all deadlines. Since most study away programs have rolling admissions, do not wait until the last minute to apply to your study abroad program.
- Research more about your study abroad country. Start reading online newspapers and magazines, and purchase a travel guide. Talk to other students who have studied abroad in the same country.
- Make your acceptance deposit directly to your accepted program. The College will credit your CC account for the amount of the deposit. Your program will send you visa materials and specific information upon receiving your deposit.
- Begin researching country-specific student visa instructions and application requirements online. Follow all instructions sent by study away programs regarding applying for a student visa and promptly ask questions if you are confused about any part of the visa application process. Do not wait until the last minute to schedule visa application meetings with embassies or consulates.
- Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Date will be announced via email.
- Deadline to complete and submit the CC Study Away Waiver and the Study Away Notification Form to the Office of Study Away will be early May.
- Purchase your flight.