Second Year Planning

Studying abroad takes early planning. Use this checklist during your second year at Hamilton to guide you through the advising and application process early in the year.

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  1. Remind your faculty advisor about your interest in studying off campus either for the semester or the full year.
  2. Check with your faculty advisor about the courses you need to take to stay on target to complete your major and minor requirements.
  3. Keep your options open. Consider taking a language course if you haven’t already done so.
  4. Complete the study abroad planning form.
  5. Call the Office of Off-Campus Study to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor (315-859-4022). The best time to meet is EARLY, ideally during the first semester.
  6. Meet with the student fellowships coordinator EARLY if you are interested in national study-abroad scholarships. Many scholarship deadlines are in early fall.
  7. Attend information sessions about different programs and events hosted by the Office of Off-Campus Study to learn more from students who have studied off-campus.
  8. Apply early for programs since most programs admit students on a rolling basis and can fill up before the published deadline.
  9. Work closely with your study-abroad advisor if you find out that you need to petition.
  10. Complete the leave of absence form by the leave of absence deadline. Submit the form to the Office of Off-Campus Study.
  11. Check with the Financial Aid Office about how your aid will be carried over to your study-abroad program.
  12. Once you’ve been accepted, complete the petition for transferred credit form. Gather necessary course materials and appropriate signatures, and return them to the Registrar’s Office by December 1 (fall deadline) or April 15 (spring deadline).  
  13. Keep in touch! Update your study-abroad advisor about your application process or any changes to your plans.
  14. Attend the required pre-departure orientation at the end of the semester.
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