Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

The Application and Acceptance Process

Prior to Applying

  • Be familiar with the requirements for studying abroad by attending the Study Abroad Fair in the fall, and attending a Study Abroad 101 Information Session. Sessions are presented monthly. Dates and times are available on the Study Abroad homepage.
  • Declare a major and have a faculty advisor in your major(s). This is required in order to plan how study abroad synchronizes with your academic goals.
  • 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. Also consider requirements for the Accelerated BA/Master's Degree Program.
  • Understand the costs of studying abroad as it applies to you. Explore funding and scholarship opportunities early. 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.

Beginning the Application Process

One Year Before you Study Abroad

  • Review the programs and select the ones that fit your academic goals most closely.
  • After attending a Study Abroad 101 Information Session, schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor. Call 508-793-7363. Initial appointments typically lasts 45 minutes. Bring an unofficial transcript printed off the cuweb.
  • Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador. These students have studied on many of the Clark-affiliated programs. They volunteer their time to talk to students about their study abroad experiences.
  • Select your study abroad program.
  • Pick up an application checklist from a Study Abroad Advisor in Dana Commons.
  • Ask faculty who know you well if they will write a recommendation in your behalf.
  • Begin your application over break. Plan to get a health evaluation. Be familiar with application requirements for both approval to study abroad and admission to the program.

The Semester Before you Study Abroad

Submitting the application

  • After completing the forms and gathering required documentation, submit your application to the Study Abroad Office during open office hours.
  • Application deadlines are:
    • September 15 for studying abroad for spring semester
    • February 15 for studying abroad for fall semester, the academic year, and summer programs
  • Pay the $100 application fee online or by check/cash at the Cashiers Office. Directions are noted on your application checklist.

Notification of approval to study abroad

  • Notification of Clark's approval to study abroad can be expected within three within three weeks after submissing a complete application. Notification will be sent via email to your Clark email address.

Notification of admission to your program abroad

  • Host universities or program providers notify students on their official admission to the program, usually via email. Once accepted by your host program, you will receive several emails providing additional information and requesting completion of forms. Submit requested information and forms as soon as possible. Do not wait for deadlines as this can be a problem in the event there are unforeseen delays. After you are admitted to the program abroad, the program becomes your main contact for questions and concerns. The Clark Study Abroad staff is available for support if you need additional assistance.

Preparing to Go Abroad


  • Accepted students are required to attend a general pre-departure orientation which is usually held in October or April.
  • Students are required to attend program-specific orientations. Clark will provide an orientation. Many programs also require you to attend a Skype orientation.
  • Student studying in developing nations may be required to also attend a Health and Safety orientation.

Other important preparations

  • Share information with your parents/guardians. It is your responsibility to keep them informed of your plans.
  • Read the US State Department Travel page.
  • Become familiar with your country's visa regulations and application procedures.
  • Read local newspapers. Learn about the government and current politics.

Application Forms for Clark Approval to Study Abroad

If you have not done so already, first contact the Study Abroad Office to request an appointment and a copy of the Checklist for Application for Clark Approval to Study Abroad. Several other documents are required along with these forms.