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First Year Planning


Studying abroad takes early planning. Use this checklist during your first year at Hamilton to guide you through the preliminary planning process and to get you thinking about where you might want to go and what you might want to study there.

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  1. Tell your faculty advisor that you are interested in off-campus study so the advisor can help you integrate study abroad into you academic plan.
  2. Start fulfilling study-abroad eligibility requirements, for instance the writing-intensive, physical, and qualitative- and symbolic-reasoning requirements.
  3. Premed/Prehealth professions students: Work with the prehealth professions advisor to plot your course plan so there will be space in your schedule for study abroad.
  4. To keep your study-abroad options open, consider taking a language course to meet the language requirement.
  5. Inform yourself about program prerequisites, some of which are specific.
  6. Consider applying for the Critical Language Scholarship, a national scholarship competition that pays for summer language-immersion study.
  7. Meet with the student fellowships coordinator to get help in applying for national study-abroad scholarships.
  8. Maintain good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.7. Many destinations require a higher GPA.
  9. Attend information sessions about different programs. Announcements about the sessions are sent by email so look for them.
  10. Attend an event hosted by the Office of Off-Campus Study. At some events you will be able to talk to returning students.
  11. Start looking into Hamilton programs and at Hamilton's preferred programs list to familiarize yourself with your options.
  12. Talk with students who have studied abroad.
  13. Talk with a study-abroad advisor and Hamilton faculty about your study-abroad plans.
  14. Stay in touch with the Office of Off-Campus Study and read your emails.
  15. Familiarize yourself with the study-abroad guidelines so that you understand the process.
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