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. Start a profile on Via Global.
  5. Complete the Off-Campus Study Pre-Approved Programs application (aka study abroad planning form.
  6. Use the request form in the study abroad planning form to request an appointment.  Please only request an appointment after you've completed the planning form.
  7. Meet with the student fellowships coordinator EARLY if you are interested in national study-abroad scholarships. Many scholarship deadlines are in earlier than you think, sometimes almost a year ahead.
  8. Attend information sessions about different programs and events hosted by the Office of Global Learning to learn more from students who have studied off-campus.
  9. Apply early for programs since most programs admit students on a rolling basis and can fill up before the published deadline.
  10. Work closely with your study-abroad advisor if you find out that you need to petition.
  11. Complete the leave of absence form by the leave of absence deadline. Submit the form to the Office of Global Learning.
  12. Check with the Financial Aid Office about how your aid will be carried over to your study-abroad program.
  13. 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).  
  14. Keep in touch! Update your study-abroad advisor about your application process or any changes to your plans.
  15. Attend the required pre-departure orientation at the end of the semester.

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