Glossary of Terms

  • Williams approves various programs for students to participate on. Any student who wants to deviate from the listed options must meet with the Director to discuss the program and process.

  • The Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) gives final approval of your study away plans and approves your study away transcript for credit.

  • Your official approval letter from the CAS sent via email which outlines your study away program, semester, and the number of credits and/or course required to receive credit at Williams.

  • Your request to the Committee on Academic Standing for permission to study away outside of the normal semesters; new program approval; credit for a course that may not be eligible for Williams credit.

  • Your responsibility to notify [email protected] that you intend to study away. You need to reference the program and semester dates. Do this after you have been accepted to your program. Your petition will be updated accordingly.

  • Courses will be approved by the Director if they are in the liberal arts only and that approval is recorded in the student's PeopleSoft petition.

  • Included in your CAS letter is the number of courses which equal the required credits for the study away program for the semester.

  • You may select courses that are approved for major credit by the chair of the department.

  • Applying directly to a university for study away acceptance rather than a third party program provider. This option is for very independent students who are comfortable navigating a foreign academic culture and documentation for international travel.

  • Exploring Diversity Initiative. You can petition to receive EDI credit upon completion of your study away program coursework. You will be notified by the Study Away Office to sign up.

  • Students are required to submit their course list to the Director for approval for Williams credit and the requirements of the study away program as soon as their list is complete.

  • Mid-November - Study Away Director coordinates a series of events and panels with CFLLC, Fellowships, SYE, Career Counseling, First Generation Initiative.

  • International Student Identity Card - Your passport to fantastic discounts both at home and abroad. See Registrar's website for details.

  • Academic subjects within the humanities, social, and physical sciences. Disciplines offered at Williams College. No pre-professional, business, or technical/training courses.

  • Williams Mystic Program.

  • Form and process which a student may submit to have a new program approved for study and credit by Williams.

  • Selection for the "country" drop down menu of PeopleSoft petition when searching for a program that offers study in multiple countries.

  • Every Williams student studying away must be covered by health insurance and is required to complete, sign, and submit this electronic form indicating their health coverage while away (internationally and domestically) to the Study Away Office in the semester prior to studying away.

  • Normally for spring semester, programs may begin mid- to late-January; Winter Study dates may overlap. If so, credit is granted once study away semester has been successfully completed.

  • March 1 for all semesters for the following year: fall, spring, full academic year away.

  • Pre-departure presentation of information which ends with a quiz required for all students who study away to view and complete prior to departing for their study away semester.

  • The notification that you receive directly from your study away program that you have been accepted to participate.

  • Consists of those programs that are not approved for Williams Study Away credit but have been approved and attended by students in the past.

  • Every Friday from 1:30-3:30pm is designated for students to drop in if they have a specific short question in mind to discuss with the Director. Will be seen on a first come, first served basis. If you have topics to discuss that will take longer than 10 minutes, an appointment can be scheduled.

  • Every Williams student studying away (internationally or domestically)is required to complete, sign, and submit this electronic document to the Study Away Office in the semester prior to studying away.

  • Offered through a provider and not necessary to pay for since Williams will accept the program provider's official transcript of grades for credit.

  • Williams students are automatically enrolled in this special insurance coverage.

  • Included in your CAS letter. Credits required by the study away program to complete the semester of study are equivalent to a semester at Williams.

  • Required to complete and submit an essay from the Study Away Essay Questions with your petition by the petition deadline.

  • Required online evaluation of your program after you return from study away.

  • Hosted annually by Williams in mid-September for program provider representatives to visit campus and answer students' questions about study away.

  • Williams Language Departments host information sessions in the fall semester for sophomores who are interested in studying abroad.

  • Your request to study off campus at another institution during your junior year for credit at Williams; including Williams programs (WEPO and Mystic). This petition represents a tentative registration for study away.

  • Required to be completed and submitted prior to meeting with the Director regarding your study away plans. It is located on our website under "Process and Application."

  • Required to complete once you have viewed the entire Pre-Departure Webinar presentation.

  • Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford.

  • Term in January which students choose from a specific list of courses to study for credit. Please consult with the Registrar's Office on the course options. Winter Study dates may overlap with spring semester study away program start date.