Process and Application

Williams Study Away Basics

  • Familiarize yourself with this website. Answers to many of your questions are covered here.
  • Choosing Study Away programs and courses: Course work must be in the Liberal Arts only, no business or marketing courses are accepted for Williams credit.  There are no exceptions.
  • Attend one of the two “General Information Sessions” held in the Fall. Meetings are announced in the Campus Daily Messages, WSO announcements, and notices are sent to sophomore email. Attendance at ONE of these meetings is MANDATORY.
  • Stop by the International Education and Study Away Office and read and research the program literature provided. More recent evaluations from students who have studied away are available on this website. This is a critical step when choosing where you want to study.
  • Talk with students who have studied abroad in the country or program in which you are interested. A list of students who have recently returned from abroad can be found in our office waiting area.
  • Once you have an idea of where you wish to go, meet with the Director of International Education and Study Away  by January 1 to discuss your plans. Walk-in hours are posted on the website or call for an appointment if these hours are not convenient for you.
  • Submit the Study Away Questionnaire prior to meeting with the Director.
  • If the program is not approved and you wish to study there, complete a “New Program Approval” form. When you have decided on a program or programs, complete the Study Away Petition on PeopleSoft.
  • If a program is not listed in PeopleSoft, please email with the name of the program and country. It is possible that it is on our inactive list.
  • Discuss your plans with your study abroad advisor, usually the Chair, of your major department. He/she can approve your plan for credit in the major on PeopleSoft at anytime before or after the March 1st deadline.
  • Submit a Study Away Petition in PeopleSoft along with your Study Away Essay (official request to Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) to study away in your junior year) by the March 1 Study Away Petition deadline  (instructions)
    • The petition must be submitted by the March 1 deadline if you wish to study away in the FALL, FULL YEAR, OR SPRING of the following year.
    • NO study away petitions will be accepted after the deadline.
    • Do your research! You may apply to more than one program simultaneously, however, you must list your first choice initially on your petition.

NOTE: You will need to submit two petitions only if you plan to study away for a full year on two different programs, one for each semester. All instructions apply to both petitions submitted.

  • You must confirm your intent to study on the program you have been accepted to via email to  and include the name of the program, country, and exact dates of the program.
    • The program designated on the study away petition may be changed only once after submission. (Meet with the Director of International Education and Study Away to discuss new plans. Your petition will be amended at the time you confirm your acceptance with the International Education and Study Away Office. Your email must include new program name, dates of program, new intended courses, and new Study Away essay.)
  • Complete the mandatory Williams Pre-Departure Webinar and quiz by the deadline listed prior to departure.

Inquiries regarding Study Away at Williams should be directed to