Getting Started

Your first steps in the Study Away process at Williams are:

1) Attend a Study Away General Information session in the fall semester OR attend a General Study Away Advising session in the fall semester (dates found here) – this is required. You must register to attend a small group advising session. Students who do not complete this step will not receive Director’s approval to study away. Prior to attending a small group advising session, students must complete and submit a Study Away Questionnaire.

2) Meet with a member of the Office of International Education and Study to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have (this is not required if you have attended a group advising session!). You must have first attended a group advising session or general information session before meeting with the Director.

3) Submit a Study Away General Approval Application (March 1 deadline) and apply directly to the study away program by their listed deadline. More information about this process is here.

Other things to keep in mind:

Review Academic Requirements under Process and Application

Sophomores should consider the option of junior year away as they begin the process of considering major fields and course requirements in the fall of their sophomore year.  Students may study at another college or university, in this country or abroad, during their junior year for a semester or the academic year.

It is required that students return to campus after a leave of absence for a full and successful semester at Williams prior to embarking on a study away experience.

All students in good standing with no deficiencies and who will satisfy the residency requirement of the College, including financial aid recipients, may study away on approved programs during all or part of their junior year.

Financial aid is available for eligible recipients, but students must confer with the Financial Aid Office.

Academic credit is earned after evidence of the satisfactory completion of the program with graded courses in the liberal arts only.

Any accommodations you receive at Williams can be requested of the program on which you plan to study.  (This is not required.) To explore this option, set up a meeting with the Director of Academic Resources well in advance of departing for your program.