Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

The Application Process: Beginning Stages

Most students study abroad their Junior year, although it is possible to study abroad as early as second semester in your sophomore year or during your senior year.  You may choose to go for a semester, year or summer.  Study Abroad takes careful planning and it's never too early to start.  We've compiled this timelne to help determine the best time for you.

First year: Fall Fair Study Abroad 101, Cultural Events 

Even though you can't go away your first year ay Clark, you may already look into summer programs or the Leir Luxembourg Maymester and  there are many things you can do to prepare for study abroad later on.

The first step to studying abroad at Clark is to attend Study Abroad 101. This workshop goes over Clark's policies, different programs, the application process, and frequently asked questions, and is offered regularly throughout each semester. You can view upcoming dates on our main webpage.You should also attend the Fall Study Abroad Fair and any other events on campus as you begin researching programs.  Additionally, you should begin the following:

  1. Discuss plans to go abroad with your parents or other loved ones who may be invested in your experience at Clark.
  2. Develop an academic plan with your faculty advisor. This will help you decide when and where it would be best to study abroad and stay on target for all your graduation requirements.
    1. Do you plan on applying for the BA/MA 5th year?
    2. Do you plan on doing GMAT or GSOM?
    3. Meet with your LEEP adviser
    4. Meet with Study Abroad and Away to discuss intent to study away
  3. Understand the costs of studying abroad as it applies to you.
    1. Check in with Student Accounts and Financial Assistance (both on the 3rd floor of the ASEC building)
    2. Understand Clark study abroad requirements.
    3. Understand how you will finance your study away experience.  Check with your department to see if they offer scholarship opportunities. Be aware that deadlines for scholarships planning up to a year in advance of going abroad.

Second year: Keep researching; keep saving

As a second semester sophomore, you may think you are ready to study abroad.  Don't forget:

  • Be aware of application requirements
  • Discuss funding with relevant stakeholders (including Offices of Financial Assistance and Student Accounts)
  • Apply for a passport if you do not already have it, and renew yours if it will be expiring before the end of your program!
  •  Be mindful of deadlines:  Students wishing to study abroad in the spring will already have to submit their applications in the preceeding fall!
  • Talk with a returned student/student ambassador
  • Talk about goals and expectations for studying abroad, and discuss any fears you might have
  • Do you receive academic accomodations? Will you need them abroad?


Third Year: Understand the application


All students will need to complete the following steps as a part of the application process:


  • Meet with your faculty advisor to obtain course pre-approval
  • Write an essay explaining your motivation for studying abroad
  • Have a faculty member that will be willing to write an academic reference
  • Have a resume reviewed by Career Services


Semester or Summer?


While Clark does not currently have approved summer programs, many students choose this time for their abroad experience.  Students wishing to study abroad in the summer must still apply for transfer credit through the study abroad office. 


Students studying at an institution in their home country (including the United States of America) for transfer credit during the summer must apply for credit pre-approval through the office of Academic Advising.


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