Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

When Can I Study Abroad?

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 also 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.


Clark does not allow students to study abroad unless they have been at Clark for at least one year.  However, summer program options may be available to you after your first year, and you may also qualify for the Leir Luxembourg Maymester program (administered through the Clark Luxembourg office).  However, there are many things you can do during your first year or so at Clark to prepare for study abroad.

  • Attend Study Abroad 101 and info sessions, fairs and other events
  • Speak with LEEP Center, Faculty and SA  advisor
  • Budget planning/Student should begin researching scholarships and grants
  • Talk to parents
  • Be mindful of deadlines:  Students wishing to study abroad in the spring will already have to submit their applications in the preceeding fall.



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

  • Talk to your Parents (again)
  • Keep researching and attending events and info sessions
  • Become aware of application requirements
  • Discuss funding with relevant stakeholders (including Financial Aid)
  • 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!




Most Clark students study abroad during their junior year, even though it is not required.    At this stage, you should actively be completing your applications to both study abroad and your program.


Students are generally not permitted to study abroad the second semester of their senior year, except on a Clark-affiliated program and with prior approval from the study abroad office.  Students studying abroad in their last semester may not receive their grades on time and may not be eligible to walk at graduation.




While Clark does not currently have Clark-affiliated prorams in the summer, many students choose this time for their abroad experience.  Students wishing to study abroad in the summer should get Clark pre-approval for transfer credit.  The following programs are pre-approved for transfer credit. However, you should still speak with your faculty advisor about how, exactly, the credits will count towards your specific graduation requirements: